February 10, 2020

Session two at the Irish Minor Schools 2020 opened with Individual Medley, the winners of all four events for 11-12s recording runaway victories at the NAC in Dublin.

In boys 11-year-old 100m IM, Luke Merrigan took Gold for Realt Na Mara, beating Cameron Jackson from St Brigids National School, Castleknock, and Alexander Hale from Methodist College in Belfast.

In boys 12-year-old 100m IM, it was Rainey Endowed Ulster’s Ryan Griffin claiming Gold, chased home by Donnacha McCarthy from Scoil Naomh Aine and Ben Bickerstaffe from Wallace HS Ulster.

Rathdown’s Aisling Ramsey won the 11-year-old girls 100m IM, with St Nessan’s Lucy O’Brien just pipping Georgina Walker for Silver.  Aisling went on to win the 11-year-old girls 50m Breaststroke from St Christopher’s Abril Allende and Niamh Connery, swimming for St John the Apostle, Knocknacara.

Aisling's school, Rathdown, were in the medals again when landing Silver in the girls 9-12 200m IM relay. They finished in between Gold medallists Our Lady’s GS Newry and Bronze Belfast Royal Academy.

Another Gold came in the 9-12 girls 200m Freestyle relay, and Rathdown's medal tally hit four thanks to Silver in the 12-year-old girls 100m IM, Ellie Campbell edging out Grace Cochrane from Lurgan Junior HS by 0.13 seconds. Gold in that event went to Ava Jones from St Oliver Plunkett, who also won Gold in the 12-year-old girls 50m Breaststroke. In second there was Anna Van Wijnen from Rinn an Chabhlaigh, Bronze going to Ballymore’s Leah Connell.

Those that skipped the boys individual 100m IM, made up for it in the 9-12 200m IM relay, with Dovydas Petrayskas, Alan Karchenko, Cahir McGurgan and James McParland winning Gold for St Patrick’s Academy.

In second was St Anthony’s and in third Scoil Iognaid, adding to the many medals they won in the earlier 9-10s session. The roles were reversed though in the boys 9-12 200m Freestyle relay as St Anthony's took Gold, ahead of St Pius X, with St Patrick's winning Bronze.

Also collecting multiple medals was Realt Na Mara’s Luke Merrigan, who followed up IM victory with Gold in the 11-year-old boys 50m Breaststroke. He beat Sean McConnon from St Mary’s National School Glaslough, and Dan Cojocaru from St Paul’s National School Drogheda.

The 12-year-old boys IM winner Ryan Griffin also won a second Gold, beating IM second Ben Bickerstaffe in the 12-year-old boys 50m Butterfly. Third went to Jack O’Sullivan from Scoil Eoin Ballincollig.

Denied in the 100m IM, Cameron Jackson got his Gold in the 11-year-old boys 50m Backstroke, Ashley Weafer finishing 0.15 seconds back in second, only 0.02 seconds ahead of Alexander Hale, who had also won Bronze in IM.

The 12-year-old’s race was even closer, Scoil Bhride’s Zach Daniels-Howard beating Milford’s Daragh Horgan by 0.14 seconds, Bronze Cormac Farren finishing only a further 0.08 seconds back from Our Lady & St Patrick’s College.

Another tight finish came in the 12-year-old boys 50m Breaststroke, won by Conor Corbett. The Gaelscoil Charman swimmer beat Liam Meenan from St Columbs College and Harry Dougan from Royal School Armagh, Bronze finishing only 0.43 seconds behind Gold.

In 11-year-old boys 50m Freestyle, Ashley Weafer took Gold for St Mary’s National School Drumish, beating Willow Park’s Eoghan Rowlands by just over half a second. Back in third was Davide Scaringella from St Marnocks National School Portmarnock.

Eoghan’s time came in the 11-year-old boys 50m Butterfly when he won Gold, beating Culann Read from Gaelscoil Ui Riada and David Woolley from Claremorris Boys.

Having helped his team to Silver and Gold in relays, David O’Leary from St Anthony’s was also on the podium after the 12-year-old boys 50m Freestyle. He was narrowly denied the Silver by Tom O’Rourke from St Colman’s National School Mucklagh, Donnacha McCarthy winning for Scoil Naomh Aine, Rathgarogue.

The girls 11-year-old 50m Freestyle was not as close, Nicole Higgins from Ballylifford Primary School winning by more than 1.5 seconds. In contrast, Silver and Bronze were split by only 0.17 seconds, Maebh Coll getting the better of earlier medal winner Abril Allende.

Shout out has to go to the Gaelscoil Mhic Amhlaigh swimmer in fourth too as Isabelle Mooney was only 0.19 seconds behind Bronze.

Luck was not on that school's side in the 12-year-old girls 50m Freestyle either as Zainab Rather was just 0.26 seconds behind Bronze Grace Cochrane, who had earlier filled the same place in 100m IM. The Gold this time went to Keela Flanagan from Tang National School in Athlone. 

Meanwhile, Maebh Coll went on to earn a second medal, winning Bronze in the 11-year-old girls 50m Butterfly. IM Silver Lucy O’Brien took Silver again here for St Nessan’s, as 50m Freestyle winner Nicole Higgins from Ballylifford Primary School won a second Gold.

The 12-year-old girls 50m Butterfly was all new faces as Erin Moore won for Mount Temple, beating Eva Bayley from St Mary’s National School and Hannah Poynton from St Andrews College Junior School.

Ava Rock was another new Gold medallist in the 12-year-old girls 50m Backstroke, the Ballyshannon National School swimmer beating Mia Mulholland, representing 200m IM winners Our Lady’s GS Newry, and Naomi Smyth from Regent House GS Ulster.

In the 11-year-old girls event it was Chloe Dawnay taking the Gold for St Louis Primary School, with Tara Kennedy back in second for Dromore Central Primary School, and Ashlee Reddan getting Bronze for St Patrick Limerick.

Full results are available on MeetMobile and on this website soon.