Records Tumble as Ireland Win Golds in Canada on Day 1

2 Golds, 2 Bronze and Ferguson Breaks Irish Junior Records
24th July 2014
Conor Ferguson and Antoinette Neamt. Two names we have heard quite a bit in the past week and two names we will hopefully hear a lot of for quite some time to come. Larne swimmer Ferguson and Tallaght’s Neamt led Swim Ireland’s International Youth Squad to a winning start on Day 1 of 2014 Canadian Championships.
In the morning heats 14 year old Conor broke the Irish Junior Record for the 200m Backstroke in a time of 2.05.37. Not content with his time in the morning, Conor was back in the pool Wednesday evening for the 200m Backstroke to break his Irish Junior Record going 2.05.25 and picking up Ireland’s first Gold Medal of the International Meet.
Antoinette added Ireland’s second Gold Medal of the meet as a 9 second Personal Best in the Girls 1500m Freestyle in a phenomenal time of 16.41.67. At just 13 years of age it is even more impressive that, that time leaves Antoinette just seconds outside the Qualifying Time for 2015 Senior World Championships.
The medals did not stop there on Day 1 as Athlone’s Robbie Powell continued his good form from last week’s Irish Age Groups to take bronze in the 15&U 100m Butterfly event with a 59.62. Also picking up a bronze medal was 13 year old Mona McSharry from Marlins SC, with a time of 34.55 in the 50m Breaststroke.
Cadadian Age Group Championships continue today (Thursday) and through to 28th July. Thursday events include 100m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke, 400IM and the 4x200m Freestyle Relay.
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Day 1 Canadian Age Groups Results
1500m Freestyle – 13yr old: Antoinette Neamt (Tallaght) 1st 16.41.67
14yr old:  Katie Baguley (Glenalbyn SC) 6th 18.02.85; Ciara Doran (Limerick SC) 11th 18.17.70
100m Butterfly – 12&U:  Rebecca Reid (Ards ASC) 4th 1.06.58;
14yr old: Robert Powell (Athlon SC) 3rd 59.62
16yr old: Gerry Quinn (Longford SC) 7th 57.30
200m Backstroke - 12&U: Rebecca Reid (Ards ASC) 5th 2.31.19;
14yr old: Conor Ferguson (Larne ASC) 1st 2.05.25 IJR
16yr old: Rory McEvoy (Ennis SC) 4th2.07.44
16yr old: Bryan O’Sullivan (Galway SC) 9th 2.13.03
50m Breaststroke – 13yr old: Mona McSharry (Marlins ASC) 3rd 34.55; Niamh Coyne (Tallaght SC) 8th 35.08
16yr old: Andrew Moore (Galway SC) 8th 31.25
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Issued by Swim Ireland, whose High Performance Programme is supported and funded by the Irish Sports Council & Sport Northern Ireland

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