July 11, 2022

The final day of action got underway at the Irish National Division 2s in UL Sport with morning finals of the Girls 400m Individual Medley.

Dungannon’s Rebecca Graham and Alliance’s Ines Scott had a great battle in the 15-year-old age group with only the smallest of margins separating them in the end! Graham managed to get the touch in 5:45.03 just .06 ahead of Scott in 5:45.09.

In the 16-year-olds Nenagh Neptune’s Ksenyia Nita clocked 5:41.90 for gold ahead of Wexford’s Fleur Lambert (5:44.09) and Longford’s Katie Manning (5:49.22).

Dolphin’s Elin Manson was the only swimmer to break 6 minutes in the 13-year-old age group clocking 5:52.62 for gold with Tallaght’s Holly Cassidy (6:03.67) and Templeogue’s Aislinn Healy (6:13.17) following.

14-year-old Nicole Colfer from New Ross won her age group in an impressive 5:49.44 while St Fiaccs Abby Byrne picked up her third gold medal in the 17 and over age group in 5:30.17.

Next saw the Girls 800m Freestyle Finals where 13-year-old Orlaith Dowling of Trojan broke 11 minutes for the first time to top the podium in 10:48.34 ahead of Laois Marlins Klava Hayes (11:02.57) and Tallaght’s Holly Cassidy (11:15.27).

Coolmine’s distance ace Maia O’Loughlin Brophy added to 400m and 1500m Freestyle and 200m Butterfly gold in the 14-year-old age group in 10:30.97. Tallaght’s Alesha Kelly touched in 10:46.77 and Curragh’s Caroline Redmond was third in 11:35.13.

For the 15-year-olds, Trojan swimmer Amy Kelly won in 10:38.52 with Ennis’ Aoibh Blake following in 10:53.19 and Sundays Well’s Emma Glennon in 10:54.91.

Ava Nolan picked up her first individual gold in the 16-years age group breaking the 10-minute barrier for the first time in 9:58.61. Swim Belfast’s Lara King won silver in 10:08.18 and Celtic Waves Aoife Lyons Bronze in 10:18.45.

Following a bronze medal in the 400m Freestyle, NAC’s Dervla Gargan upgraded to gold in the 17 and over category. Gargan touched in 10:10.76 ahead of Askeaton’s Emily Dore (10:12.83) and Sligo’s Ciara Connaughton-Jones (10:19.77).

In the Boys 800m Freestyle Finals Limerick’s Adam Foley won his first medal of the meet in the 13-year-old age group clocking 10:16.19 ahead of Ruben Power (Mallow) in 11:26.66. Kingdom’s Liam O’Connor broke 10 minutes for the first time in the 14-year-old age group to touch in 9:54.93 ahead of Longford’s Senan McWeeney (10:25.63).

In the 15-year-old age group Askeaton’s Jack Hutchison collected his third gold medal in 9:24.91 ahead of Enniskillen Lakelanders Hayden James (9:54.77) and Sligo’s Daniel Rattigan (10:00.84).

Dolphin team-mates Ewan Coleman (9:21.81) and Jamie Murphy (9:22.79) claimed gold and silver in the 16-year-old age group with Lisburn’s Josh Bickerstaffe finishing the podium in 9:25.02. While for the 17 and overs, Asgard’s Fionn Nugent (9:14.14) was victorious over Athlone’s Aindriu Lynam (9:49.47).

Today’s relays saw Trojan win the Mixed 12-year-olds 200m Freestyle Relay in 2:03.36 ahead of Cookstown (2:12.81) and Galway (2:14.38) while Curragh Swim Team won the Boys 13-14 200m Medley Relay in 2:27.05.

In the Girls 15&O 200m Medley Relay Kingdom and Slaney Sharks had the crowd on their feet as they were neck and neck at the final touch! Kingdom managed to get there first, winning gold in 2:14.75, just .02 of a second ahead of Slaney Sharks in 2:14.77. Sundays Well were third in 2:22.45.

Clonmel were the only team to break two minutes in the Boys 15&O 200m Medley Relay touching in 1:58.93 ahead of St Fiaccs (2:02.56) and Dolphin (2:03.03).

In the Boys 200m Backstroke Finals 12-year-old Riley Brown of Ballymena SC won his sixth gold medal in 2:32.02. Aer Lingus’ Helge Ho was second in 2:36.49 and Fiachra Reddington of Athlone third in 2:37.19.

Athlone’s Padraig O’Neill completed a Backstroke double adding 200m gold to 100m gold in 2:38.13, closely followed by Finn Casey (2:39.35) and Lewis Timmins (2:39.76). Galway’s Joseph Patten won the 14-years age group in 2:31.85 ahead of Coleraine’s Kioni Little (2:33.88) and Kingdom’s Jack Costello (2:34.99).

After winning bronze in the 100m Backstroke, NAC’s Nathan Caulfield upgraded to gold in the 200m Final for the 15-year-olds. Caulfield (2:27.63) held off Athlone’s Sean O’Neill (2:28.87) and Mullingar’s Justin Haugh (2:30.37) to top the podium.

Coolmine’s Cian McGrath had a comfortable win in the 16-years age group clocking 2:20.63, with Oisin Ward (2:24.15) of St Fiaccs second, and Lisburn’s Matthew Gracey (2:27.74) third.

Aindriu Lynam, who picked up silver in the 800m Freestyle earlier in the day, went a step further for gold in the 17&O final touching in 2:23.58. Curragh’s Filip Halaczkiewicz won silver in 2:24.51 and Laois Marlin’s Sam Farrell Bronze in 2:26.41.

The final event of the 5-day meet was the Women’s and Men’s Open 50m Butterfly. In the Women’s Final, 16-year-old Sofia Delgado of Alliance took gold in a close battle with St Fiaccs Abby Byrne (20.88) and Cookstown’s Mia Silutina (30.93).

In the Men’s Final, three swimmers swam under 28 seconds to claim the medals. Dolphin’s Caleb O’Sullivan was first home in 27.01 ahead of Lurgan’s David Clenaghan (27.78) and Portadown’s Max Burkamp (27.82).

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