Belfast Telegraph

Monday 15 September 2014

Commonwealth Games: Nocher in record-breaking form in the pool

In the pool there were four more semi-finalists for Northern Ireland with Olympians Melanie Nocher and Andrew Bree leading the way.



Nocher set her second personal best of the week and a new Ulster record in the 100m backstroke of 1:02.60 finishing 13th overall just ahead of team mate Chelsey Wilson (1:04.60).

“I wasn’t expecting that. I haven’t broken 1:03 since they changed the suits so I mean it’s a great swim especially since I wasn’t feeling well in the morning,” said Nocher, who can now look forward with confidence to her best event, the 200m backstroke.

It was Wilson’s first appearance this week and the 19-year-old from Enniskillen was also happy with her performance.

“I’m absolutely loving it here. The atmosphere is terrific and it was great to reach a semi-final, I was absolutely chuffed and I haven’t broken 1:05 since the change with the suits so I’m delighted with that,” she said.

Bree set a season’s best time (1:02.91) in his weaker event — 100m breaststroke — which also bodes well for the longer distance in which he’s finished fifth in the last two Games.

Bree was 12th with Michael Dawson in 16th place.

It wasn’t such a good day for Ryan Harrison and Clare Dawson who have been suffering illness and injury. Harrison’s Games have been wrecked by a bout of tonsillitis and he finished 18th overall in the 200m freestyle in 1:54.00. His Irish record is 1:47.94.

Dawson’s problematic back problem hasn’t helped her preparations and she was 21st in the 100m freestyle just ahead of team mate Bethany Carson.

Conor Leaney was 19th in the 50m butterfly and 24th in the 200m freestyle.

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