July 02, 2018

As the Scottish National Open Championships concluded in in Glasgow last night our regional squads made 15 appearances in finals with 6 swimmers making A finals.

The evening’s first event saw two Irish swimmers compete in the 100m Butterfly Finals. Connacht’s Cillian Melly was 8th in the A Final in 56.67 while in the B Final Leinster’s Ben Griffin clocked 57.97 also in 8th place.

Ulster swimmer Bethany Firth continued her good form picking up another silver medal, this time in the 100m Freestyle milti-class, denied the gold by Bournemouth swimmer Alice Tai.  Three Irish swimmers qualified for the men’s 200m Freestyle Finals where Leinster’s David Prendergast took the sole individual medal of the evening claiming silver in 1:52.39 just behind Edinburgh’s Jack Thorpe in 1:52.31. Ulster’s Curtis Coulter was 10th in the same final while Joseph Mooney for Munster swam in the B final placing 5th in 1:57.96.

Clodagh Flood (Leinster) swam in the women’s 200m Butterfly B final, winning out in 2:18.58. 

In the B final of the men’s 50m Backstroke Munster’s Alan Corby and Luc Galland fought it out for top honours with Corby finishing first in 27.21 and Galland a close second in 27.26.  Callum Ashton (Connacht) touched in 28.13.

The women’s 50m Breaststroke featured Eimear Doyle (Munster) and Mia Davison (Ulster) in the A Final and Jessica Burke (Leinster) in the B Final. Doyle fought hard for a medal but had to settle with 4th place in 33.37 and Davison finished in 34.05 and 8th. In the B Final Burke touched in second in 34.23.

In the 400m IM A Final Connacht’s Cillian Melly had the whole Irish contingency on their feet.  Melly got off to a good start holding second position throughout the butterfly and backstroke legs.  The breaststroke saw the Connacht swimmer fall back to fourth and a battle ensued in the final 50m with Stirling’s Callum Lawrie.  Lawrie beat Melly to the touch in 4:34.37 with Cillian finishing 4th in 4:34.99. Munster’s Mark Walsh took to the B Final with an overall 12th place finish in 4:44.30.

The final events of the competition were the men’s and women’s 4 x 100m Medley Relays.  All regions were represented by at least 1 team in each of the events.  In the men’s relay Munster finished best of the Irish in 3:54.85 4th place, with Leinster in 5th and 3:58.05.  The very last race of the competition saw the Leinster team of Kate Kavanagh, Jessica Burke, Jane Roberts and Cara Stapleton pick up a bronze medal after an exhilarating and competitive race.

That wraps up the competition in Glasgow, well done to the swimmers and special thanks to the team staff who supported the regional development and pathway squads throughout the season.

Full results available HERE.