Courtesy of Ger Kennedy, Wild Water Armagh, Northern Ireland.

Referee Tiffiny Quinn, medical officer Martina Ring, IISA official Noel Grimes, and event director Ian Conroy oversaw 6 races (1000m freestyle + 200m freestyle + 100m freestyle + 50m breaststroke + 50m butterfly + 4x50m mixed freestyle relay) at the IISA Ireland 1k National Championships that were held in Wild Water Armagh, Northern Ireland.

18-year-old Ciara Doran, an Irish wunderkind in pool swimming, marathon swimming and ice competitions completed the Ice Kilometer faster than anyone – male or female – by over 1 minute to win the overall title in the 1000m freestyle in the 4.90°C water.

Women’s Ice Kilometer Results:
1 Ciara Doran 14:02:04
2 Caroline McFarland 17:48:28
3 Deirdre King 17:52:35
4 Andrea Startin 18:17:19
5 Julie-Ann Somers 18:47:89
6 Patricia Heffernan 19:09:28
7 Kathryn Pratschke 22:32:47
8 Lisa Carroll 22:50:00
9 Alison O’Hagan 24:00:28
10 Stephanie Lyness 25:10:03
11 Kerry Jackson 26:26:98

Men’s Ice Kilometer Results:
1 Jonathan Groves 15:09:26
2 Mark Dempsey 16:12:31
3 John Ryan 16:15:62
4 Colin Lindsay 16:47:37
5 Patrick Corcoran 17:12:66
6 Greg Hincks 18:47:51
7 Kevin Cooper 19:17:85
8 Brian Dillon 19:42:66
9 Darran Cusick 20:08:74
10 Patrick Montgomery 20:30:31
11 Noel Grimes 21:32:45
12 Martin Mc Devitt 22:51:94

Overall 200m Freestyle Results:
1 Jon Glover 2:35:80

2 Olive Conroy 3:01:94
3 Brendan Ruane 3:19:61
4 Helen Colfer 3:22:38
5 Derg Devitt 3:29:84
6 Raymond Flanagan 3:45:78

7 Anne O’Donovan 3:57:97
8 Martina Ring 4:08:69
9 Clare Murphy 5:08:37

Overall 100m Freestyle Results:
1 Anne O’Donovan 1:51:74

2 Clare Murphy 2:28:47

Overall 50m Breaststroke Results:
1 Jon Glover 44:93
2 Christine O’Brien 46:00
3 Olive Conroy 47:74

4 Mollie Conroy 52:00

Overall 50m Butterfly Results:
1 Christine O’Brien 35:13
2 Olive Conroy 42:79

3 Dee Newell 50:23
4 Yves Michalet 1:10:62

Ger Kennedy will next report from the IISA 3rd World Championship and 1st Arctic Cup in March from Murmansk, Russia within the Arctic Circle.

For more information on the International Ice Swimming Association World Championships and the 1st Arctic Cup, visit www.internationaliceswimming.com; the race schedule is posted here.

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