The Irish National Short Course Swimming Championships take place at the Lagan Valley Leisureplex, Lisburn this from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 December.

A total of 50 teams will be in action, including swimmers from Brazil and the Netherlands as well as Irish clubs representing all four provinces.

Olympic qualifier Barry Murphy, who missed the European SC Championships last week due to illness, swims at 9.30am on Friday in the men’s 50m breaststroke event. Murphy will also compete in the 100m butterfly and 100m individual medley.

Session one also features 2011 World Championship team member and European Junior Champion Sycerika McMahon (100m breaststroke, 200m butterfly and 200m IM).

Other names to watch out for in the pool this weekend are Jane Roberts and Niamh O’Sullivan who competed well at the European SC Championships recently and NAC High Performance Centre swimmers Niall Wynn and Karl Burdis.

Meanwhile in Atlanta, Grainne Murphy will compete in the 2011 Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool, as Europe’s top swimmers face off against the USA. Murphy will be swimming in the 400m freestyle on Friday and on Saturday in the 800m freestyle and 200m individual medley.