February 24, 2022

Swim Ireland’s (in association with Swim Ulster) McCullagh International Meet got underway today with over 800 swimmers from almost 80 clubs competing across three days of competition at the Bangor Aurora Leisure Centre in Co. Down. The meet has once again attracted some big names from Britain including Olympic medallists Tom Dean, Duncan Scott, Kathleen Dawson, and Freya Anderson, amongst others.

City of Glasgow’s Katie Shanahan took the first individual gold of the meet topping the podium in the 400m Individual Medley. Shanahan touched in 4:46.85 ahead of Amber Keegan of Sheffield in 4:47.28.

Scott Gibson of Edinburgh University took the honours in the 50m Backstroke in 25.45. Larne’s Conor Ferguson was third in 25.81. In the women’s final, Tokyo Olympian Danielle Hill, also of Larne, claimed silver in 28.11 behind Swansea University’s Medi Harris in 27.79.

Jack McMillan was the first Irish gold medallist on the opening night with a fantastic win in the 100m Freestyle Final. McMillan (49.52) held off Tokyo 2020 British gold medallists Matt Richards (49.96) and Tom Dean (50.07). Bath’s Freya Anderson was the women’s gold medallist in 55.16.

James Guy, winner of two relay gold at the 2020 Olympic Games, was the only swimmer under 2 minutes in the men’s 200m Butterfly Final. Guy clocked 1:59.33 ahead of Swansea University’s Rhys Edwards (2:01.04) and his Bath teammate Jacob Greenow (2:03.34). Loughborough’s Laura Stephens won the women’s event in 2:10.10 followed by Bath’s Holly Hibbott (2:11.26) and Emily Large (2:13.11).

Loughborough’s James Wilby cruised to 100m Breaststroke gold in 1:00.62 ahead of Ireland’s Uiseann Cooke (1:02.25) swimming for Edinburgh University. While in the women’s final, another Loughborough swimmer, Molly Renshaw, was the only swimmer under 68 seconds touching in 1:07.41 for the win.

In the last of the evening’s ‘A’ Finals Trojan’s Grace Hodgins and Swansea University’s Daniel Jervis had comfortable wins in the distance events over 1500m and 800m. Hodgins had over 20 seconds to spare on Scotland’s Kailyn Hall (17:34.85) in the 1500m Freestyle touching in 17.10.80 while Jervis finished 12 seconds ahead of Bath’s Luke Turley (8:02.44) in 7:49.95.

Relays at the McCullagh International act as National Championships, as such, Sundays Well were crowned national champions in the first relay of the meet, winning the women’s 800m Freestyle Final in 8:52.36. In the Men’s event Ards were victorious in 7:56.61.

In the 400m Medley Relays, Swim Wales were first home for commemorative gold in the men’s final in 3:54.58 ahead of new Irish champions Larne in 3:58.02 while Ards topped the podium in the women’s final in 4:23.29.

Competition continues tomorrow through to Saturday.


Full Results available HERE.

Day 1

Female 400m IM Final 1st K Shanahan City of Glasgow 4:46.85 2nd A Keegan Sheffield 4:47.28 3rd A McDonald Scotland 4:56.41

Male 50m Backstroke Final 1st S Gibson Edinburgh University 25.45 2nd L White Swansea University 25.78 3rd C Ferguson Larne 25.81

Female 50m Backstroke Final 1st M Harris Swansea University 27.79 2nd D Hill Larne 28.11 3rd K Dawson Stirling University 28.30

Male 100m Freestyle Final 1st J McMillan Bangor 49.52 2nd M Richards Bath 49.96 3rd T Dean Bath 50.07

Male 13/14 years 200m Butterfly Final 1st P Hanley Blackrock 2:33.89 2nd O McGlue BlueFin 2:42.38

Female 100m Freestyle Final 1st F Anderson Bath 55.16 2nd L Hope University of Stirling 55.45 3rd M Harris Swansea University 55.86

Male 200m Butterfly Final 1st J Guy Bath 1:59.33 2nd R Edwards Swansea University 2:01.04 3rd J Greenow Bath 2:03.34

Female 200m Butterfly Final 1st L Stephens Loughborough 2:10.10 2nd H Hibbott Bath 2:11.26 3rd E Large Bath 2:13.11

Male 100m Breaststroke Final 1st J Wilby Loughborough 1:00.62 2nd U Cooke Edinburgh University 1:02.25 3rd C Benson City of Glasgow 1:02.89

Female 100m Breaststroke Final 1st M Renshaw Loughborough 1:07.41 2nd K Hanlon Edinburgh University 3rd I Clark Derventio 1:08.90

Female 13 years 200m Butterfly Final 1st S Keane Portmarnock 2:44.29 2nd G Walker Banbridge 2:46.22 3rd C Dawnay Swan Leisure 2:58.85

Male 800m Freestyle Final 1st D Jervis Swansea University 7:49.95 2nd L Turley Bath 8:02.44 3rd N Hughes Swansea University 8:13.23

Female 1500m Freestyle Final 1st G Hodgins Trojan 17:10.80 2nd K Hall Scotland 17:34.85 3rd K Bailey Scotland17:35.43

Women 800m Freestyle Relay Final 1st Sundays Well SC 8:52.36 2nd Derventio 8:53.77 (commemorative) 2nd Larne SC 8:54.26 3rd Ards SC 8:59.93

Men 800m Freestyle Relay Final 1st Ards SC 7:56.51 2nd Coolmine SC 8:17.94 3rd Larne SC 8:31.13

Male 400m Medley Relay Final 1st Swim Wales 3:54.58 (commemorative) 1st Larne SC 3:58.02 2nd Swim Wales 3:55.07 (commemorative) 2nd Ards SC 4:00.03 3rd Kilkenny SC 4:06.91

Female 400m Medley Relay Final 1st Ards SC 4:23.29 2nd Swim Wales 4:23.44 (commemorative) 2nd Sundays Well SC 4:34.07 3rd Repton 4:27.15 (commemorative) 3rd Kilkenny SC 4:36.16