Records fall at Irish Indoor Rowing Championships

This Saturday saw the Irish Indoor Rowing Championships being held at the University of Limerick. Irish World Champions Sanita Puspure and Paul O’Donovan both set new Irish records.

Puspure, who became World Champion when she beat hot favourite Jeannine  Gmelin in Plovdiv, set an incredible time of 6:35.9 which equalled her personal best. It was also the fastest time ever recorded by a woman at the championships. By way of comparison, Alice Baatz won the British Rowing Indoor Championships (BRIC18) in December in a time of 6:44.0. Irish internationals Aifric Keogh and Monika Dukarska finished second and third, both rowers hitting new personal best times.

Sanita Puspure beating her personal best at the Irish Indoor Rowing Championships 2018 (Image: John O'Shaughnessy)

Sanita Puspure – John O’Shaughnessy ©

Paul O’Donovan’s time of 6:06.2 was also a new record for the Irish Indoor Rowing Championships for a lightweight. Hot on O’Donovan’s tail were the McCarthy twins, Fintan and Jake of Skibbereen. O’Donovan competed for University of Cork (UCC) where he is currently studying as part of the Quercus Sport’s Scholarship, however, he competed in the colours of Angola as his unisuit didn’t arrive in time for the competition. UCC took the award for the best club overall.

Irish lightweight rower Paul O'Donovan beating his personal best at the Irish Indoor Rowing Championships 2018 (Image: John O'Shaughnessy)

Paul O’Donovan – John O’Shaughnessy ©

 Fintan and Jake McCarthy at the Irish Indoor Rowing Championships 2018 (Image: John O'Shaughnessy)

Fintan and Jake McCarthy – John O’Shaughnessy ©

The fastest heavyweight man was reigning Irish single sculls champion Fionnan Crowley of Castleconnell Boat Club. The fastest junior male was 16-year-old Tristan Orlic, who set a fast time of 6:16.7 which would have placed him fourth in the 6th Form Boys event at BRIC18.  Zoe McCutcheon of Enniskillen who competed for Ireland at the Home International Regatta in July was the fastest junior woman in 7:12.4.

Alex Byrne of Shandon, who represented Ireland in the JM4x Racice last year set a new Irish record in the men’s under-23 event of 6:04.6, a time that would have placed him third at BRIC18.

Full results from the Irish Indoor Rowing Cham[pionships can be found on the IIRC website here.

All images taken by WEROW contributing photographer John O’Shaughnessy.