FEDERAL WAY, Washington, April 16. WHEN the United States Spring Championships were held at the Weyerhaueser King County Aquatic Center earlier this month, a pair of Irish national records were established by athletes swimming at American colleges: Kentucky’s Steve Manley and Tennessee’s Barry Murphy.
In Manley’s case, the versatile freestyler clocked 1:51.00 in the long-course version of the 200 free to slash .38 off his former record, set in 2004. Manley’s performance was good for a fourth-place finish and qualified him for the European Championships this summer. As for Murphy, he crushed the 50 free record with a time of 22.90, good for victory. The previous Irish record was 23.36, set by Nick O’Hare in 1996. Murphy also narrowly missed the Irish record in the 100 free with a time of 50.93. The record of 50.91 has stood since 1995, when Earl McCarthy posted the time.