Day 2 Highlights
July 06, 2018
Friday 6th of July
Grace Davison was back in action after claiming two golds during the opening day of the competition, only to fight for another gold medal this afternoon in the 100m Freestyle (11-12yrs), touching in a time of 1.05.62. The 13yr category of the event was bursting with excitement, when all three top finishers touched within 22 hundredths of a second to each other. However, Blue Fin’s Kristina McDonagh managed to hit the wall first, in a time of 1.06.62 to grab the gold medal. The fastest time of the event was posted by Katie Dunne from St Fiacc’s in a time of 1.00.74, Katie dipped under her 1.01 time from the heats, edging closer to that 59 second mark!
The spectators enjoyed several tight races across the Boys 100m Breaststroke Finals. The youngest competitors in the field (11-12yrs) competed for the touch as Cunningham (Riverdale Otters) and Delaney (Clonmel) approached the final meters, with Cunningham just pushing forward in the last metre of the race, finishing in 1st position in a time of 1.25.49, with Delaney just behind in 1.25.81. The boys in the 14yr Final also put on a great show, in which all three medal winners touched within 42 hundredths of each other, all posting times of 1.20, but it was Tuams’ Odie Melia who finished in top position in a time of 1.20.29. Anthony Maher excelled in the eldest category of the event posting the fastest time of 1.10.71, dropping over 2 seconds from his entry time, to be crowned the 15 & over 100m Breaststroke Champion.
Gutsy swimmers took to the blocks for the Boys 1500m Freestyle events this afternoon, with Christian Kenny-Carroll (St Fiacc’s) posting an impressive time of 17.41.04 to win the eldest age group category, followed by Niall Kelly and Dean Mc Carthy who claimed the Silver and Bronze medals in one of the toughest events on the programme.
Next up, it was the Girls 50m Butterfly Final, in which 15 & overs battles for the top three positions. Leah Smith from Breifne SC managed to get the touch in a time of 30.73, progressing her time from the heats by 0.05, Paola O’Brien (Galway) touched in second, with Megan Gellately (Portadown) finishing in third position. The Boys and Girls relays closed the afternoon session with the boys (11-14yrs) from Athlone and The NAC Girls (15 & over) being crowned the 200m Freestyle Relay Champions.
Another exciting finals session comes to an end here in The UL Sport Arena, the session kicked off with the boys 100m Freestyle. Alastair Mc Kinlay (Templeogue) stormed home to win the boys 15 & over age catagory followed closely by Luke De Lacey (Templeogue) and John Moan (Newry). In the 11-12 age group Sam Coveney (Sundays Well) took the win with Jake Whelan (St. Fiaccs) in the 13yrs age group and Michael Keogh (Curragh) in the 14yrs age group all bringing home the gold.
The 100 Breaststroke finals once again did not disappoint the supporters in the stands. Grace (Ards) Davison claimed yet another gold medal in the 11-12 age group final touching in a time of 1.23.25. The 13yr age group final had spectators on the edge of their seats as McCrory (Banbridge) and O'Flynn (Dolphin) tied for 1st place position in a time of 1.25.86. Rowan Walsh (Sundays Well) managed to finish strong in 1st place within the 14 yrs final and Megan Gellately (Portadown) comfortably won the 15 & Over category in a time of 1.18.83.
Iarlith Hayes Breheny took the win in the 50m Butterfly Final in a very impressive swim of 27.34. The relays showed great excitement again with Dolphin taking the gold medal in the Girls 14 & under 200m Freestyle Relay and Kingdom taking the win for the Boys 15 & over 200m Freestyle Relay.