DCU swimmers swept up at the Irish National Intervarsity Championships this year.
The team of 31 from the Swimming and Waterpolo Club DCU travelled to Belfast and brought home 13 gold medals in total to Dublin.
It was held on the 1st and 2nd of March in Queens University and gathered 250 swimmers and twelve universities for the event.
“Varsities was very good for us this year, we flew in the relays. I don’t think there was an event that we entered that we didn’t medal in or win out,” said Chairperson Daire McEvoy.
Nine DCU swimmers were selected from the championship to represent on the Irish intervarsity team at the Celtic Nations competition between Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
Brendan Hyland, Colin Gorman, Ciaran Dunne, Daire McEvoy, Clodagh flood, Niamh Kilgallen, Robbie Powell, Ben Griffin and Cian Colvin will compete for the team on the 13th and 14th of April in Cardiff.
“Four of those being scholarship swimmers but five being solely from the DCU swimming club, which is huge for the club swimmers,” said Brendan Hyland, DCU Head Coach. “I was delighted for them.”
DCU came in second to UCD again who have a new training facility giving them an edge up. Individually there were nine gold, two silver and three bronze from DCU who also won four of the five relays at the event.
UCD won overall with 467 points, DCU came next with 327 and UL was third with 224 points. “We have definitely gotten better, it’s the highest point score we have had,” said Hyland.
Each event is scored by 10 points for first place, nine for second and so on. Two swimmers can score for an event.
“We probably win the most medals. What happens is DCU will get a load of gold medals but then our next swimmer won’t fill up all the spots.”
The Intervarsity Championships is the clubs third competition of the year. The two others were before Christmas, a friendly in NUIG and an intervarsity in UL. Competitors had around 6 weeks to prepare for the final gala between January exams and the competition.
“The only thing that’s really getting us at the minute is the fact that UCD have a massive squad and we don’t, but if we had the same size squad there would be no question of us winning everything.
“Because we do have, I think, higher quality swimmers than UCD,” said McEvoy.
Hyland said that around 10 of the swim team come from St. Patrick’s campus and the distance hasn’t stopped the influx of students from all parts of DCU coming to train.
Hyland is a final year Accounting and Finance student and hopes to pass the baton of coach on to first year engineering student Robbie Powell, another scholarship swimmer for DCU.
Image Credit: David Kiberd.