Press Releases

 Dave McCullagh Memorial/Swim Ulster International

Day 1 – Ferguson, UCD Set New Irish Records

Day 2 – Shauna O’Brien Breaks Butterfly Record as Irish Swimmers Make International Qualification Times

Hyland and Ferguson Smash Irish Swimming Records

Press Release

8th March 2015

Records continued to fall on the final day of competition at Swim Ireland’s Dave McCullagh Memorial and Swim Ulster International in Bangor.

Brendan Hyland set a new 100m Butterfly senior standard in tonight’s Final, breaking his own 2013 record of 54.50 in 54.27 seconds. Hyland who trains with the Swim Ireland Performance Centre at the NAC and lives on the National Sports Campus commented after the event “I was surprised at the record, I haven’t rested for this event so it was great to get that time and I’m looking forward to Nationals in April to go even faster.”

Shauna O’Brien was just shy of a second Irish Record this weekend when she won the Women’s 100m Butterfly Final. O’Brien, who set a new standard in the 50m Butterfly on Saturday, clocked 1:00.54 just one hundredth of a second off Bethany Carson’s record of 1:00.53.

Larne’s Conor Ferguson set his fourth Irish Junior Record of the weekend. Ferguson set records in all three Backstroke events over the weekend winning the 100m and 200m events with his latest record coming in the Final of the 200m. The 15 year olds time of 2:03.88 was over a second faster than the previous time that he had held from 2014 2:05.25.

Alex Murphy joined his UCD team mate Shauna O’Brien in qualifying for the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea in the heats of the 50m Breaststroke. Murphy posted a qualification time of 27.92 and then went on to claim the gold medal in the Final in 27.83 seconds ahead of Stirling’s Ross Murdoch (28.11). Scotland’s Emma Crawford won the women’s event in 33.25 with Niamh Kilgallen (Claremorris) second in 33.63.

Ennis’ Bernard Cahill held on to claim gold from Andrew Meegan in the race of the night in Bangor. Cahill, who trains at Swim Ireland’s UL Sport Performance Centre held off a Meegan comeback clocking 4:01.25 with Meegan right behind in 4:01.31. Antoinette Neamt continued her impressive form claiming gold in the women’s event. Both Neamt (4:18.34) and silver medallist Rachel Bethel (4:21.64) posted EYOF qualification times.

UCD picked up their third Individual Gold of the day when Shani Stallard won the 200m Individual Medley. In a head to head finish, Stallard took the race in 2:18.90 ahead of Lisburn’s Bethany Carson (2:19.09). 13 year old Ellen Walsh of Templeogue SC won both the 200m Individual Medley (2:25.93) and the 100m Butterfly (1:03.89) B Finals within 10 minutes of each other qualifying in both for the European Youth Olympics in Georgia.

Bethany Firth added to her 100m Freestyle Gold with a win in the 50m Freestyle. The Ards swimmer finished in a time of 26.37 touching just ahead of Larne’s Danielle Hill in 26.69. Firths teammate at the Ards Club Curtis Coulter won the men’s event in 23.26 holding off Jordan Sloan and Kieran McGuikan who both finished in 23.57.

Firth then went on to start the Ards 4x100m Medley Relay Team putting them in a commanding lead which they never lost winning in 4:26.15 while Coulter brought home the Ards men in the event to take gold in 3:57.89. Following Ards successes they were awarded the Dave McCullagh Memorial Trophy for Team of the Meet.

Irish swimmers return to action next at the Irish Open Swimming Championships from April 30th to May 3rd at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin.

Full Results Day 3

Men 50m Freestyle Final: 1st C Couter Ards 23.26 2nd J Sloan Bangor & Kieran McGuickin 23.57

Women 50m Freestyle Final: 1st B Firth Ards 26.37 2nd D Hill Larne 26.69 3rd R Sharples Edinburgh University 26.86

Men 50m Breaststroke Final: 1st A Murphy UCD 2nd R Murdoch Stirling Uni 28.11 3rd M Tully Edinburgh University 28.27

Women 50m Breaststroke Final: 1st Emma Crawford Scotland 33.25 2nd Niamh Kilgallen Claremorris 33.63 3rd M McSharry Marlins 33.64

Men 200m Backstroke Final: 1st C Ferguson Larne2:03.88 IJR 2nd R McEvoy Ennis 2:06.00 3rd A Corby Limerick 2:09.01

Women 200m Backstroke Final: 1st N Hofton Stirling 2:14.00 2nd L Hope Edinburgh University 2:17.04 3rd D Hill Larne 2:18.81

Men 100m Butterfly Final: 1st B Hyland Tallaght 54.27 ISR 2nd B O’Sullivan Loughborough 56.25 3rd C Bain Cookstown 56.87

Women 100m Butterfly Final: 1st S O’Brien UCD 1:00.54 2nd R Matos Edinburgh University 1:00.74 3rd E Jones Edinburgh University 1:02.37

Men 200m IM Final: 1st J Brown Ards 2:07.83 2nd A Moore Galway 2:08.65 3rd B Griffin Aer Lingus 2:08.81

Women 200m IM Final: 1st S Stallard UCD 2:18.90 2nd B Carson Lisburn 2:19.09 3rd O White Edinburgh University 2:21.50

Men 400m Freestyle Final: 1st B Cahill Ennis 4:01.25 2nd A Meegan Aer Lingus 4:01.31 3rd B Gibbons Athlone 4:03.61

Women 400m Freestyle Final: 1st A Neamt Tallaght 4:18.34 2nd R Bethel Lisburn 4:61.64 3rd MK McDowell Ards 4:24.32

Men 4x100m Medley Team Relay: 1st Ards 3:57.89 2nd Bangor 4:04.26 3rd Limerick 4:07.82

Women 4x100m Medley Team Relay: 1st Ards 4:26.25 2nd Bangor 4:38.49 3rd Limerick 4:41.73

Qualification Times Met (selection of athletes for all events will be made at a later date)

European Olympic Games, 23rd – 27th June 2015, Baku, Azerbaijan

Today’s Qualifiers: Danielle Hill 200m Backstroke

Qualifiers: Danielle Hill (100m Backstroke), Rachel Bethel (200m Freestyle), Rory McEvoy (100m Backstroke), Mona McSharry (200m Breaststroke) 

World University Games, 4th – 11th July 2015, Gwangju, South Korea

Today’s Qualifiers: Alex Murphy 50m Breaststroke

Qualifiers: Sycerika McMahon, Fiona Doyle, Christopher Bryan (10K Open Water), Jordan Sloan (200m Freestyle), Shauna O’Brien (50m Butterfly)

European Youth Olympic Festival, 26th July – 1st August 2015, Tbilisi, Georgia

Today’s Qualifiers: Conor Ferguson 200m Backstroke, Ellen Walsh 100m Butterfly & 200m Individual Medley, Antoinette Neamt 400m Freestyle

Qualifiers: Antoinette Neamt (200m Butterfly, 800m Freestyle), Niamh Coyne (100m Breaststroke, 200m Breaststroke), Ellen Walsh (200m Butterfly), Rebecca Reid (400m IM), Conor Ferguson (100m Backstroke), Emma Moloney (200m Breaststroke)

FINA World Swimming & Open Water Championships, 25th July – 9th August 2015, Kazan, Russia

Qualifiers: Sycerika McMahon (50m Breaststroke), Fiona Doyle (50m, 100m, 200m Breaststroke), Christopher Bryan (10K Open Water)

World Junior Swimming Championships, 25th – 30th August 2015, Singapore

Qualifiers: Conor Ferguson (100m Backstroke), Antoinette Neamt (800m Freestyle)