June 30, 2018
Bethany Firth (Ulster) and Brian O’Sullivan (Leinster) were best of the Irish on the second night of finals at Scottish National Open Championships in Glasgow.
14 swimmers represented their respective regions in finals on Friday night with Bethany Firth getting the evening off to a great start claiming gold in the women’s 200m IM Multi-Class.
Munster swimmer Joseph Mooney was next up in the 400m Freestyle A Final finishing 7th in 4:10.33.
In the women’s 100m Breaststroke Eimear Doyle (Munster) swam in the A final and finished in 7th place in 1:14.10, a new personal best for the Waterford swimmer. In the B Final, Leinster’s Jessica Burke also improved on her earlier swim to finish 7th in 1:15.27.
Munster’s Uiseann Cooke was 9th in the 200m Breaststroke A Final in 2:23.80 while team mate Luc Galland, swimming the 100m Backstroke B Final clocked 1:00.67 for 8th place.
The final individual events of the evening included the women’s 50m Freestyle and men’s 50m Butterfly with 4 Irish swimmers competing in each. Bethany Firth (Ulster), Sharon Semchiy (Munster), Cara Stapleton and Kate Kavanagh (both Leinster) all featured in the Freestyle B Final with Bethany picking up her second gold medal of the night in the multi-class division. Stapleton claimed second place, while Kavanagh and Semchiy both finished in 27.30 and joint 7th.
Brian O’Sullivan (Leinster) was in good form in a competitive 50m Butterfly Final touching for the silver medal in 25.15 behind University of Stirling’s Scott McLay who finished ahead of the field in 24.30.
The relays rounded out the evening again with Connacht, Leinster and Munster all in action in the men’s 4x200m Freestyle. Munster finished best of the Irish in 5th, Leinster 7th and Connacht 9th. The Munster B and Connacht B teams swam earlier in the day, finishing 16th and 19th overall respectively.
Competition continues today through to Sunday.
Full results available HERE.