Ellen Walshe of Templeogue Swimming Club became the first Irish woman to break the one-minute barrier in the 100m butterfly, in January earlier this year.
The young Irish swimmer shaved almost a second off her own personal best from the 2019 Irish Open Swimming Championships to remove Shauna O’Brien’s 2015 time from the record books. Shauna O’Brien’s record from 2015 stood at 1.00.21.
Walshe swam a time of 59.54 to win gold at the Flanders Swim Cup in Belgium. The next day, at the same competition, the 19-year old secured a second gold medal in the 200m butterfly event.
A talented swimmer in both the butterfly and the individual medley, Walshe has committed herself to the University of Tennessee for the 2021-22 season and beyond.