December 16, 2017
The records continued to tumble on the penultimate night of racing at the Irish SC National Championships in Lisburn tonight. Ellen Walshe, Jack McMillan, Maria Godden and Ards relay team continued the trend following three Irish Records at European Championships today.
Bangor’s Jack McMillan was first up when he set a new Irish Junior Record in the 400m Freestyle of 3:47.09 and picked up his first National Title of the Championships. McMillan had set the previous record of 3:48.89 in 2016. A strong finish from Limerick’s Finn McGeever saw him pass Aer Lingus’ Andrew Meegan down the last 25m of the race to clinch silver in 3:54.25 from Meegan on 3:54.50.
In the ladies 100m Butterfly Final, Ellen Walshe recorded her fourth Irish Junior Record of the championships ‘flying’ in under the minute mark for the first time in 59.59 winning her fifth medal and fourth National Title of the meet. She was followed home by Claremorris swimmer Niamh Kilgallen and Ards’ Emma Reid, both adding to their medal hauls in 1:00.03 and 1:00.61 respectively.
Kilkenny’s Maria Godden joined the record breakers, cruising to victory at 200m Backstroke for her first Irish Junior Record in 2:10.46, breaking Danielle Hill’s 2015 record by over a second. Ellen Cassidy doubled up on backstroke silvers posting 2:14.66 while Caoimhe Quinn collected bronze in 2:16.82.
In the 200m Mixed Medley Relay Ards’ preliminary swimmers Paddy Johnston, Jack Angus, Rebecca Reid and Victoria Catterson set a new Irish Junior Club Record of 1:51.52. Ards went on to win the final with Rebecca Reid, James Brown, Emma Reid and Conor Munn maintaining the club’s unbeaten relay record this week touching in 1:46.89 ahead of Aer Lingus (1:50.05) and Dolphin (1:51.15)
Rebecca Reid had picked up her first individual National Title of the Championships when she dipped under 1:03 to win the 100m IM 1:02.93 earlier in the evening. Ellen Walsh added silver to her medal haul posting 1:03.27 as she held off Bethany Firth who collected commemorative bronze in 1:03.32 while Aisling Haughey of Aer Lingus won national bronze in 1:03.67.
The men produced a nail biting finish to their 100m IM Final with NAC’s Brian O’Sullivan picking up his third National Title in 55.31, narrowly ahead of Ards’ James Brown 55.47 collecting his third medal of the Championships. Limerick’s Alan Corby completed the podium 56.10.
Ards’ Victoria Catterson added the 400m Freestyle National Title to her 800m title from day one in 4:15.11. Catterson was followed home by Banbridge’s Julia Knox (4:19.62) collecting her 4th medal, while Templeogue’s Cara Osing won bronze in 4:25.90.
Castlebar’s Cillian Melly doubled up on his Butterfly National Titles when he added victory at 100m in 54.74, holding off Aer Lingus’ Benjamin Doyle in 54.98 with Michael Hewitt of City of Belfast in 55.40.
Niamh Kilgallen continued her fine form this week picking up a third National Title when she sprinted to victory at the ‘Splash & Dash’ 50m Freestyle in 25.90 seconds. Bethany Firth collected commemorative silver with Emma Reid taking the national silver in 26.73 and Maria Godden bronze in 26.84.
In the men’s 50m Freestyle Final Bangor’s David Thompson stormed to victory adding to his 100m Freestyle Title clocking 22.80. Conor Munn won silver in 22.84 with Athlone’s Robbie Powell completing the podium in 23.00 seconds.
National Centre Limerick swimmer Rory McEvoy topped the podium at 200m Backstroke to retain his National Title, the only swimmer under the 2-minute marker, in 1:59.02. Cillian Melly added silver to his medal haul in 2:01.76 and European Youth Olympics swimmer Sean Scannell of Kilkenny collected the bronze medal in 2:02.29.
Competition in Lisburn continues tomorrow. Full results from competition can be found HERE.