By John Kenny
The National Aquatic Centre, which will host next week’s National Swimming Championships, has announced that the British and Hungarian men’s water polo teams will arrive in Dublin for London Olympic training and international fixtures at the beginning of June.
The NAC has already persuaded the US Olympic synchronised swimming team to use the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin for a training camp later this year.
Water polo is a national sport in Hungary and their men’s team has won Olympic gold on three consecutive occasions, most recently in Beijing.
Both squads will provide training and coaching sessions at the NAC and two fixtures between both Hungary and Britain will also take place between the 5-8 June.
The 22-man Hungarian senior squad has more than 40 Olympic gold medals between them and talks are apparently underway to hold a four-team tournament next year for a new Dublin Cup of water polo, with Hungary and Serbia already expressing an interest in the event pre London.
The NAC is already booked to host the USA synchronised swim team for six weeks in advance of the Olympics and it will also host the British Paralympic swim squad for a training camp later this year.
Meanwhile, European silver 1500 metre medallist Grainne Murphy has confirmed that she will contest next week’s National Swimming Championships at the NAC.
The event is a world championship qualifier, but the teenager has already qualified for the Shanghai meet in July, as has Barry Murphy who is now ranked eighth in the world in the men’s 100 metres breaststroke.
Others who have confirmed for the Dublin meet are Olympian Aisling Cooney, plus high performance squad members Bethany Carson, Nuala Murphy, Andrew Meegan Niamh O’Sullivan, Karl Burdis and open water distance swimmers Chris Bryan and Andrew Meegan.