Final Day Excitement as Young Swimmers Excel

Press Release

29 June 2014

Day 4 of the Irish Age Group Division 2s gave spectators just as much excitement as the previous 3 days, with lots of fast swimming and tight finishes. Our first gold medal of the day went to Ellie Falls of City of Belfast in the Girls 10&Under Age Group for the 400m Freestyle. Ellie cruised home to victory in a time of 5.30.87, 11 seconds ahead of second place Caoimhe Daly of St. Fiacc’s (5.41.17). Taking the bronze medal was Ellen Keaney from Asgard in a time of 5.44.33. We had three sub 5 minute swims, coming in the Girls 15-16 Age Group from Orla Walsh (4.54.27), Marissa Scallon (4.56.76) and Laura Joyce (4.59.99).

Speeding Certificates were handed out left, right and centre in the Boys 12-13 Age Group 200m Breaststroke. Nikita Vedernikovs (NAC) sped home in a time of 3.10.74, followed by Sean Heaney (Ennis) touching in 3.11.15 and Conor Doherty of Larne who swam a 3.11.92. Fionn Doherty (Ballina) was the fourth swimmer of that final receiving a speeding certificate with his time of 3.15.13. The trend of speeding certificates continued in the Girls 200m Breaststroke as the 11-12 Age Group saw 5 speeding certificates handed out. The speed demons in that age group were Sarah Gilhooley (Tuam 3.14.08), Katelynn Littley (Crrick Dippers 3.15.27), Maeve Cleland (Banbridge 3.15.52), Derva O’Reilly (Tuam 3.15.54) and Isabelle Clarke (Athlone 3.16.03).

The 200m butterfly saw great swimming from the boys 11&Under Age Group. Young Adam Mahood from Larne continued his medal haul with a fantastic final 50 to pull away from his competitors and touch in a time of 2.56.33. The silver medal went to Tom O’Sullivan from Galway (3.03.53) with the bronze going to Cillian McGahon of Siabh Beagh (3.05.55). In the girls 13-14 Age Group Bangor swimmer Sarah Davidson picked up the gold medal with a great swim of 2.53.82. The silver medal went to ESB swimmer Emma Forbes (3.08.30) while the bronze went to Ballina swimmer Ellen Nugent (3.19.90)

The fastest event of the week, the 100m Freestyle, lived up to its usual excitement. Daniel Mulholland (Lecale) won the Boys 11&U Age Group with a time of 1.08.50. In the 12-13 Age Group Keith Bentley sprinted home in 1.05.82. Kieran Grimes(1.00.35) was the winner of the Boys 14-15 Age Group while Eoin McNamara went 58.30 to win the 16-17 Age Group. Conor Sheahan (NAC) swam the fastest time of the day in the Boys 18years old Age Group, powering home to a 58.00. In the girls 100free Katie Shannon (Ennis 1.06.63) took home the gold medal for the 17-18 Age Group as Siobhan Hahessy picked up the silver.

The 4X50m Freestyle relay brought the meet to a close with St. Fiacc’s winning the Girls 14&Under Age Group in a time of 2.03.21, and also the Boys 16-18 Age Group in 1.51.49. The Boys 15&Under Age Group was won by Laois Marlins (1.58.77). In the last race of the day the Kingdom girls won the Girls 15-18 Age Group combining for 2.05.51.

Thank you to University of Limerick, officials and all volunteers for helping to run a successful meet. Next up is The Irish Age Group Championships & Summer Open which will take place in the National Aquatics Centre, Dublin, from Wednesday 16th to Sunday 20th July.

Notes:

*Speeding Certificates are awarded to swimmers who swim a time 2% over the qualifying time for the Division 1 Age Group Championships. In the event where a swimmer is awarded a Speeding Certificate, the next best time (below the 2% Div 1 time) is awarded the Gold Medal.

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