Day 2 Irish Summer Nationals 2019

July 25, 2019

Irish Summer Nationals continued at the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin today with another Irish Senior record for the books as Danielle Hill takes the National Title in the 50m Freestyle in a Record-breaking time of 25.29 shaving 2 tenths of a second off Mona McSharry’s record. An exhausted Hill speaking after her 400m Relay Silver medal performance said ‘Happy with the Irish Senior Record. I came here with no expectations of myself. I was disappointed after Nationals, not in my swim performance but in what I didn’t achieve. Happy with today’s performance’.

The second finals session of the championships started with the splash and dash 50m Freestyle finals for both boys and girls. Calum Bain of Cookstown posted the fastest time of the day clocking 22.76 to take 17&Over gold. Kilkenny’s Brogan McAviney claimed the 16 year old title in 24.97 while Dolphin’s Conor Foley was first in the 15 year old age group in 25.19, with visitor Jason Mahmutoglu clocked under the 25 second to claim a commemorative medal. On home turf, Oisin Tebite picked up gold in the 14-year-old age group in 25.06 while the 12-13 finals was won by David Pau in a time of 26.57.

Rosie Whitten of Tramore claimed the gold in the youngest age category of the Girls 50m Freestyle with Milton Marlin’s Rachel Smith taking the commemorative top spot. On the back of her 200m Freestyle gold yesterday, Aisling Rowlands (Trojan) picked up her second gold of the championships in the 14 year olds just behind Ealing Leah Whittaker taking a commemorative medal. Similarly, Naomi Trait (Kilkenny) took her second gold in the 16 year olds in a close top three finish. Second club gold of the event for NAC went to Ciara Williams in a time of 27.55, while the quickest female time of the night went to Larne swimmer Danielle Hill in a blistering time of 25.29 making her the new Irish Senior Record holder.

Ards’ Matthew Hand added gold medal number three to his collection with a win in the 14 year old Boys 100m Butterfly (1:01.83). James McClure took the gold in the 12-14 year olds and Conor Johnston in the 15 year olds. Cork Swimmer, Paul Higgins narrowly touching in ahead of Brogan Aviney (58.86) to clinch gold in a time of 58.76. On the back of his record-breaking display in the 400m IM yesterday, Cillian Melly claimed gold in the 17 & Over event clocking an impressive 54.26.

Katie McFarlane of Banbridge and Ellen Lee of Sundays Well where the youngest of this event to collect medals in the Girls 100m Butterfly. Wins for Comans, Lisburn and Aer Lingus in some great swims from these young swimmers staking their claim in more national titles. Jessica Gannon clocking 1:06.78 in the 15 year olds and Andrea Cox in the 16 year olds in a time of 1:04.30. International visitors from Germany took the top 2 spots with Aliena Schmidtke the only one to dip under the 2 minute mark. Lucy Thorton taking the gold in this event posting a time of 1:01.97 in the eldest age category, the 17 years & Over.

Collecting his second medal, Bangor’s Austin Williams touched in comfortably ahead of German Christopher Dufva in 2:42.02 in the 200m Breaststroke final to add to his 100m Breaststroke win yesterday. Cool and collected Ali Rayan touched in with 4 seconds to spare ahead of his 14 year old competitors. Templeogue took the top two spots in the 15 year olds with Uoka Saulius getting the better of club-mate Stephen Murphy. Ben Woodside continuing his dominance in the Breaststroke taking his second gold with a time of 2:19.98. International German Teammates Kuhn and Matzerath touched in ahead of gold medalist, Liam Doyle of National Centre Limerick.

This event saw many familiar swimmers take to the podium with Ellie McCartney, Grace Davison and Alison Gibbs each collecting more gold medals for their respective clubs. Ellie McCartney of Enniskillen Lakelanders left competitors in her dust as she touched in with a 10 second lead to claim her 3rd gold medal of the competition. Grace finished between two Hamilton swimmers to claim the 12-13 year old title. Alison Gibbs (Galway) clocked in 2:45.11 just ahead of Molly Nulty (2:45.26) and Emma Murphy (2:45.48) in cheer-inducing finish and Olwyn Cooke taking the 16’s title for National Centre Limerick. The final gold of this event went to Aisling Haughey of Aer Lingus who led at the halfway mark in a time of 1:12.62 showed no sign of slowing down to take gold.

As the evening winds down the atmosphere in the National Aquatic Centre did not for the Mixed 400m Medley Relay. The spectacle of the event would have to be watching Germany and Denmark battle it out in the second heat both clocking in under the 4 minutes and taking commemorative medals. Aer Lingus taking the gold, Larne taking silver and Galway taking bronze to wrap up an eventful day of competitive swimming.

This morning's finals in the 15 years & over was won by Coman's Jessica Gannon in an enduring 1500m Freestyle dropping a cool 20 seconds off her entry time, with Toronto picking up a commemorative medal. Jessika Robson claiming top spot for Lisburn in a time of 18:33.96. Mixed 12-14 year old 400m Medley Relay, Ards swimmers came out on top with Hamilton and Trojan not far behind.

The action continues tomorrow at the National Aquatic Centre. This is a free event for spectators so get on down to show your support.


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