June 30, 2018
Irish swimmers continued to impress as the Scottish National Championships continued in Glasgow today.
Ireland’s first swim of the evening was on the Men’s 200m IM with the A final following the high energy multi class and B finals and the atmosphere was charged when Leinster’s Ben Griffin took to the blocks, going in as the fastest qualifier from the morning heats. Sandwiched between Loughborough swimmers Fraser Minnican and James McFadzen, Griffin held off the challenge from McFadzen to claim silver in 2:04.11. Cillian Melly (Connacht) also swam in the A final, touching 9th, while Mark Walsh (Munster) and Jamie Allison (Ulster) swam in the B final finishing 12th and 17th overall respectively.
Munster swimmer Uiseann Cooke was the sole Irish interest in the men’s 100m Breaststroke finishing 9th in 1:06.40, improving on his entry time of 1:07.30. In the women’s 100m Backstroke three swimmers featured in the B final; Bethany Firth (Ulster) picked her up her fourth medal of the competition, claiming multi-class silver tonight, while Kate Kavanagh (Leinster) finished 16th and Isabelle Gibbs (Connacht) 18th.
The 200m Breaststroke B final saw Leinster’s Beth Gardiner and Munster’s Eimear Doyle swimming side by side, Doyle finishing just ahead for 18th overall in 2:43.92 and Gardiner 19th in 2:44.12.
Conor Munn (Ulster) was the fastest Irish qualifier and sole representative in the 50m Freestyle A final finishing 8th in 28.32, with Leinster’s Brian O’Sullivan and Munster swimmer Alan Corby swimming in the B final, placing 18th and 20th respectively.
The final individual event of the evening was the women’s 50m Butterfly. Emma Reid (Ulster) was third seed going in to the final and retained that place to take home the bronze in 27.78, while Leinster’s Jane Roberts also featured, finishing just behind Reid in 27.87 and 4th place. Clodagh Flood (Leinster) swam in the B final, finishing 12th overall in 28.35.
The final event of the evening was the women’s and men’s 4 x 100m freestyle, fastest heats. Connacht’s A and B teams swam in the afternoon session, along with Leinster B and Munster B teams in the women’s event, while Munster B, Connacht A and Ulster A teams also featured in the afternoon session for the men’s relay. Leinster finished best of the Irish with a 5th place finish for the women, with Connacht A in 8th and Ulster in 12th. The men’s race was high octane and full of excitement throughout with the Leinster team having to settle for 4th place, Munster finished 6th and Ulster matching their women’s team with 12th place.