Sprint King Coulter wins 50m Freestyle


17th July 2014
Swim Ireland’s Irish Age Groups and Summer Open started Wednesday evening with the 800m Freestyle for girls and 1500m Freestyle for boys. This was the first time the distance events have been swam on a separate day, giving the swimmers a chance to target the specialised events and recover for the rest of the meet. The swims of the evening went to Antoinette Neamt (Tallaght) in the girls 800m and Brendan Gibbons (Athlone) in the boys 1500m. 13 year old Neamt cruised to victory in a time of 8.47.14, whilst Brendan dipped under the 16minute mark to take the gold with a 15.59.33.

Day 2 started and finished with a splash as we had the Men’s and Women’s sprinters in the Open 50m Freestyle. Ards swimmer Curtis Coulter warmed up for next week’s Commonwealth Games with a lightning quick 23.23, holding off his fellow Ards and Commonwealth Games teammate Conor Munn (23.56). UCD’s Michael McCarthy took the bronze in 23.56. It was another UCD swimmer who stole the show in the Women’s 50m Freestyle, as Shauna O’Brien (26.78), whilst her teammate Jess Stallard (27.17) finished in third. Splitting the UCD swimmers was Galway’s Kate Finn, going 26.89.

Athlone’s Robbie Powell produced one of the swims of the evening with an impressive 2.10.57, holding off Lisburn’s Keelan Logan (2.12.46) and Galway’s Mitchell Wilson (2.17.63) to win the boys 14&U 200m butterfly. Robbie will be delighted with the swim as he heads to Canada next week to represent Ireland at the Canadian Age Group Championships. Clodagh Flood of Tallaght will be in good form before heading to Portugal next week for the Portuguese Open, she just missed the Irish Junior Record for the 100m Butterfly swimming a brilliant 1.02.90. Clodagh will be hoping to go one better next week in Oireas and break the IJR.

Clodagh was back in the pool for what was one of the most exciting races of the day, the girls 15 and over 200m Freestyle. It was a close race between Lisburn swimmer Bethany Carson, Laoise Fleming of Kells and Clodagh. Bethany held off a strong challenge from the two girls as she came home in 2.04.30, with Laoise close behind in 2.04.84, while Clodagh (2.05.32) added a bronze to her medal tally.

UCD posted the fastest time in the 4x100m Freestyle Team Relay to secure the Gold Medal in the boys 16 and over age group, swimming a combined time of 3.31.23, and just pipping the boys from Ards (3.32.56), while Galway finished third with 3.36.66. Larne were the winners of the 15 and under relay, winning comfortably in 3.55.82.

Competition continues tomorrow (Friday).

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Full Results Day 1

Girls 800m Freestyle Final 12&U: 1st Charlotte O’Riordan 9.57.76 2nd Caoimhe Quinn 10.08.26 3rd Leah Bethel 10.08.48

Girls 800m Freestyle Final 13-14: 1st Antoinette Neamt 8.47.14 2nd Katie Baguley 9.28.11 3rd Ally Cunningham 9.36.26

Girls 800m Freestyle Final 15-16: 1st Ali Berry 9.11.24 2nd Shona Hickey 9.25.99 3rd Sarah Kelly 9.26.36

Girls 800m Freestyle Final 17&O: 1st Therese Corry 9.17.29 2nd Mary-Kate Mc Dowell 9.22.47 3rd Erin Bain 9.50.73

Boys 1500m Freestyle Final 13&U: 1st Finn McGeever 17.47..12 2nd Fiachra Bevan 18.08.08 3rd Denis Kilbride 18.14.96

Boys 1500m Freestyle Final 14-15: 1st James Edgar 17.03.64 2nd Jack McMillan 17.10.88 3rd Christopher McCaughey 17.13.63

Boys 1500m Freestyle Final 16-17: 1st Morgan Berryman 16.18.63 2nd Eoghan Grady 16.38.73 3rd Cillian Melly 16.55.13

Boys 1500m Freestyle Final 18&O: 1st Brendan Gibbons 15.59.33

Full Results Day 2

Boys 50m Freestyle Final: 1st Curtis Coulter 23.23 2nd Conor Munn  23.56 3rd Michael McCarthy  23.65

Girls 50m Freestyle Final: 1st Shauna O’Brien 26.78 2nd Kate Finn 26.89 3rd Jess Stallard 27.17

Boys 200m Butterfly Final 13&U: 1st Finn McGeever 2.21.94 2nd Sean Scannell 2.28.37 3rd Aaron Carroll 2.30.29

Boys 200m Butterfly Final 14-15: 1st Robert Powell 2.10.57 2nd Keelan Logan 2.12.46 3rd Mitchell Wilson 2.17.63

Boys 200m Butterfly Final 16&O: 1st Brendan Hyland 2.00.21 2nd David O’Sullivan 2.04.62 3rd Cian Duffy 2.04.80

Girls 100m Butterfly Final 12&U: 1st Ellen Walshe 1.07.69 2nd Aoife Leahy 1.14.02 3rd Julia Knox 1.14.91

Girls 100m Butterfly Final 13-14: 1st Antoinette Neamt 1.05.26 2nd Katie Baguley 1.07.47 3rd Aoife Magee 1.08.29

Girls 100m Butterfly Final 15&O: 1st Melanie Houghton 1.00.81 2nd Clodagh Flood 1.02.90 3rd Natasha Pollock 1.03.34

Boys 100m Breaststroke Final 13&U: 1st Morgan Newman 1.13.90 2nd Eanna O’Hara 1.15.85 3rd Eoin Corby 1.17.39

Boys 100m Breaststroke Final 14-15: 1st Brian O’Farrell 1.10.94 2nd Adam Manley 1.11.64 3rd Mark Dervan 1.11.92

Boys 100m Breaststroke Final 16&O: 1st Barry Murphy 1.03.27 2nd Nicholas Quinn 1.03.36 3rd Dan Sweeney 1.03.74

Girls 200m Breaststroke Final 12&U: 1st Emma Moloney 2.51.03 2nd Zoe Thompson 2.54.78 3rd Megan Gellately 3.01.86

Girls 200m Breaststroke Final 13-14: 1st Mona McSharry 2.41.35 2nd Sarah McCracken 2.44.56 3rd Martyna Szmagara 2.51.06

Girls 200m Breaststroke 15&O: 1st Dearbhail McNamara 2.34.68 2nd Niamh Kilgallen 2.37.41 3rd Asia Marinelli 2.39.38

Boys 400m IM Final 13&U: 1st Odhran Mallon 5.21.01 2nd Jamie Allison 5.22.30 3rd Fionn Duffy 5.23.62

Boys 400m IM Final 14-15: 1st Conor Ferguson 4.47.96 2nd Christopher McCaughey 4.56.25 3rd Alexander Haskins 4.57.58

Boys 400m IM Final 16&O: 1st Ben Griffin 4.34.30 2nd Andrew Moore 4.35.69 3rd Benjamin Doyle 4.38.13

Girls 200m Freestyle Final 12&U: 1st Rebecca Reid 2.13.87 2nd Ellen Walshe 2.17.43 3rd Ailish Tierney 2.18.04 Girls 200m Freestyle Final 13-14: 1st Ally Cunningham 2.10.19 2nd Niamh Coyne 2.11.65 3rd Katie Baguley 2.12.79

Girls 200m Freestyle Final 15&O: 1st Bethany Carson 2.04.30 2nd 2.04.84 3rd Clodagh Flood 2.05.32

Boys 15&U 4x100m FTR: 1st Larne 3.55.82 2nd Lisburn 3.58.79 3rd Athlone 3.59.62

Boys 16&O 4x100m FTR: 1st UCD 3.31.23 2nd Ards 3.32.56 3rd Galway 3.36.66


Issued by Swim Ireland, whose High Performance Programme is supported and funded by the Irish Sports Council & Sport Northern Ireland


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