|HAUGHEY SISTERS BOTH MAKING WAVES|
Whilst Siobhan was causing a stir in her NCAA debut as reported by SwimSwam below, her sister Aisling raised eyebrows on the other side of the Atlantic in Ireland at the Leinster Short Course Winter Champs - National Aquatic Centre in Dublin. Aisling stormed to a series of personal best times, winning 4 x individual gold medals in the 50m Breast 32.06, 200m Breast 2.28, 100m IM in 1.04 and 100m Breast 1.09, adding a Silver in the 200m IM in 2.21! Report from ‘SWIMSWAM’
While the Virginia women lead the score after the first day of the competition, the biggest story is arguably the yards debut of Michigan freshman Siobhan Haughey. From what we can tell, this was Haughey’s first official SCY meet ever, as she grew up in Hong Kong and represents that country internationally. She has a record of success in long course, including a gold medal in the 100 free at the 2013 Junior World Championships, and so far, it looks like she’ll be able to duplicate that success in the short pool.
Haughey celebrated her 18th birthday by swimming a 1:57.20 to win the 200 IM, then doubled up later on the in the session with a 48.45 in the 100 free. Both those times are the fastest so far this season in NCAA Division I. Clary Smiddy was the only Wolverine to score in the 200 IM at the 2015 NCAA championships, and Haughey’s time from today is only a couple tenths of a second slower than what it took to get into the B-final this spring. Her 100 free time and 22.39 split on the 200 free relay also means that she should be a big help to Michigan’s sprint free relays, neither of which scored at NCAA’s this past season.