June 29, 2018

Day 1 of Scottish National Open Championships got off to a busy start for the Swim Ireland regional development and pathway squads.  This Meet is the culmination of the new regional squad programme which commenced in September 2017.

Each of the regions were well represented with Connacht bringing a team of 19, Leinster 25 while Munster and Ulster fielded 19 and 18 swimmers respectively.  Irish swimmers featured in every event of today’s schedule with 14 swimmers progressing to finals in the evening, 7 of those making A finals.

The women’s 100m butterfly A final included Leinster’s Jane Roberts and Ulster swimmer Emma Reid.  Emma Reid claimed silver while Jane finished a respectable 4th in what was a tight final, seeing first place finisher Tain Bruce disqualified.

The men’s 100m freestyle A final featured three Irish swimmers; Brian O’Sullivan, David Prendergast (both Leinster) and Curtis Coulter (Ulster).  Prendergast went out fast and kept pace with Edinburgh’s Jack Thorpe until the last 15 metres, dropping back to finish 4th.

In the 200m Freestyle Swim Ulster's Bethany Firth took Gold in the multi-class event in 2:08.41.

Cillian Melly was the sole Irish interest in the A final of the men’s 200m butterfly, swimming 2:02.32 and finishing in 4th place.  Leinster swimmer Kate Kavanagh was seeded third going in to the women’s 50m backstroke final, finishing 5th overall in 30.18 in a very competitive race.  Ulster’s Jack Fleming featured in the fastest heat of the men’s 1500m freestyle, finishing 9th overall in 17:14.54.

Rounding of the evening were the women’s teams from Leinster and Connacht in the 4x200m freestyle relay.  Leinster A team finished 4th, Connacht 7th and Leinster B 8th.