February 17, 2018

Swim Ireland’s McCullagh International Meet continued at the Bangor Aurora Leisure Centre today with Ards Freestyle Relay setting a new Irish Junior Record, Mona McSharry claiming her third and fourth gold and many more swimmers returning to the podium highlighting day two. 

Scarlett Armstrong, Amelia Kane, Rebecca Reid and Victoria Catterson set a new standard in the 400m Freestyle Relay with a time of 3:58.95, the first ever junior club team to break four minutes. The quartet were awarded gold with Aer Lingus (4:02.43) and Kilkenny (4:05.58) making the podium in second and third. Bangor collected their third relay gold in the men’s event touching in 3:31.50. 

Mona McSharry made it four wins from four this evening as she collected gold in both the 50m Butterfly and 200m Breaststroke adding to 100m Freestyle and Breaststroke gold from yesterday. The 17-year-old stormed to victory in the 50m Butterfly in 27.06 before a 2:31.77 swim in the 200m Breaststroke.

Emma Reid (27.49) of National Centre Dublin (NCD) and Ards and Ellen Walshe (28.27) of Templeogue completed the podium in the 50m Butterfly while NCD and Tallaght’s Niamh Coyne (2:33.14) and Aer Lingus’ Aisling Haughey (2:35.56) won silver and bronze in the 200m Breaststroke. 

Commonwealth Games bound Calum Bain took the night’s first gold winning the Men’s 50m Butterfly in 24.82 seconds, just ahead of Ards’ Conor Munn (24.93) and NCD and Tallaght’s Brendan Hyland (24.96).

Bangor’s Jack McMillan was first home in the Men’s 200m Freestyle Final, the 18-year-old was just outside his own Irish Junior Record clocking 1:51.29. National Centre Limerick’s (NCL) Finn McGeever took silver in 1:54.64 while Bangor’s Curtis Coulter won bronze in 1:54.65.

In the women’s 200m Freestyle Final Lisburn’s Rachel Bethel was impressive to win gold in 2:02.47 ahead of Victoria Catterson (2:04.71) and Kilkenny’s Maria Godden (2:05.76). 

In the meet’s first age group final Ellie McCartney of Enniskillen Lakelanders and Marlins Cora Rooney were neck and neck right to the end of the 200m Individual Medley, McCartney just getting the touch in 2:32.32 ahead of Rooney’s 2:32.63, with Dolphin’s Heather Fane third in 2:34.24.

Kilkenny’s Aidan Cook took gold in the boys age group 200m Freestyle Final in 2:09.57, the only swimmer under the 2:10 mark. Templeogue’s Saulius Uoka (2:10.78) won silver and Matthew Walsh Hussey (2:11.92) the bronze. 

NCD and Bangor’s Conor Ferguson added 100m Backstroke gold to last night’s 50m gold. The World Junior Silver medallist swam an impressive 54.79 seconds with almost two seconds to spare over NCD team mate Rory McEvoy in 56.65. Paddy Johnston took the bronze in 59.27.

In the women’s final Maria Godden was also doubling up after 50m gold last night. The 16-year-old was the clear winner in the 100m event touching in a best time of 1:02.95. Dolphin’s Ellen Cassidy (1:05.37) and Aer Lingus’ Caoimhe Quinn (1:06.06) placed second and third. 

Enniskillen’s Ellie McCartney was back on top of the podium for the second time today adding 200m Breaststroke age group gold to her 200m IM gold. The 13-year-old touched in 2:46.82 ahead of Banbridge’s Jodie McMullen (2:52.27) and Lisburn’s Ava McNamara (2:57.75).

NCD and UCD swimmer Darragh Greene returned to top the podium in the 200m Breaststroke, adding to yesterday’s 100m Breaststroke win. Greene led throughout the race winning out in 2:16.96. NCL’s Eoin Corby (2:18.68) and Larne’s Ben Woodside (2:26.79), who had both made the podium at Euro Meet in Luxembourg last month, took silver and bronze.

Ards’ Bradley Fon, City of Derry’s Mark Mallett and NAC’s Matthew Walsh Hussey battled for the top three spots in the Boys 200m Backstroke Final. It was Fon who won out in the end touching in 2:26.13, Mallett claiming the silver in 2:27.04 and Walsh Hussey the bronze in 2:27.26.

Adding to last night’s 200m Butterfly silver, NCL and Castlebar swimmer Cillian Melly went one better to take 400m Individual Medley gold this evening. Melly touched in 4:31.22 with NCL team mates Cadan McCarthy (4:34.71) and Ronan Anderson (4:52.66) taking silver and bronze. 

The final age group event of the evening had the Bangor crowd on their feet as Ards’ Tarryn Barr and Heather Fane raced to the finish in the 200m Butterfly. Barr touched just five hundredths of a second ahead of Fane in 2:28.43, the Dolphin swimmer clocking 2:38.43 while team mate Ciara Gardiner touching for bronze in 2:41.67.

The evening’s final events saw Victoria Catterson climb the podium once again, this time for gold in the 800m Freestyle Final. The Ards swimmer winning out over Templeogue’s Cara Osing (9:22.27) and NCL and Limericks Edel Daly (9:23.12) in 9:17.70. In the men’s event NCL’s Finn McGeever (8:27.13), Daniel Wiffen (8:33.38) of Lisburn and New Ross’ Deni Kilbride (8:54.80) were the first three home,

Competition continues tomorrow.

Full Results available HERE.

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