February 23, 2019

February 23, 2019

Corby Steals the Show with Second Junior Record in Day 2 of McCullagh International

After breaking the first National Record of 2019 yesterday morning (100m Breaststroke), National Centre Limerick’s Eoin Corby came storming back tonight, smashing Nicholas Quinn’s previous Irish Junior Record (2.17.22) in an impressive time of 2.13.97, taking four seconds off his personal best posted in the heats. Team mate Uiseann Cook also dipped under the previous record to post a personal best of 2.16.63 in bronze position, but it was National (Sr) Record Holder, Darragh Greene who won the event in a 2.13.08.

Ard’s were crowned the National Champions in the Women’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay, who finished in a strong time of 3.58.16, touching out Aer Lingus who placed second and Bangor in third. This was followed by the Men’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay, which saw Bangor come out on top, to become the National Champions, in a time well ahead of the pact in 3.24.43, with London Swimming coming into the touch behind to win a commemorative silver, while Limerick and Lisburn secured their silver and golds in this event.

We had some tight finishes this evening, with London Swimming’s John Britton pipping the finish of the Men’s 400m IM (4.27.85), finishing ahead of the boys from the National Centre Limerick (NCL) Cillian Melly (4.28.72) and Cadan McCarthy (4.33.87). As well as a tight finish for Bangor’s Emma Reid, edging out Ellen Walshe and Danielle Hill to pinch gold with a time of 27.63 in the Women’s 50m Butterfly.

After claiming gold in yesterday’s 200m Butterfly, Irish Record Holder and seven-time national champion Brendan Hyland (National Centre, Dublin / Tallaght) dashed down the pool to win the 50m Butterfly in a personal best of 24.34. With Micheal Hewitt of Ards claiming silver in 24.81 and Stephen Clegg (Sunderland Amateur Swimming Club) touching third in 25 seconds flat, achieving a World Record in the (S12) 50m Butterfly.

In the Women’s 200m Freestyle Ally Larson of London Swimming took the gold in 2.03.38, with Amelia Kane in second (2.05.45) and Rachel Bethel of Bangor in third (2.05.51). In a thrilling Men’s 200m Freestyle, which looked like it was coming home to the National Centre Dublin until the last 25m, where Stephen Milne (Perth City), with an injection of pace rushed to claim gold in a time of 1.50.19, leaving Jordan Sloan (National Centre Dublin / Bangor) to touch just behind in 1.50.53, who was also closely followed by Robert Powell, posting a personal best of 1.50.57, (National Centre Dublin / Athlone).

Rebecca Reid (Bangor) followed in her sister’s footsteps taking gold in the 100m Backstroke in a 1.03.60, followed by Larne’s Danielle Hill in second and Caroline Hewitt (London Swimming) in third. After a slippery start in the heats, World and European medallist Shane Ryan (National Centre Dublin / NAC) made no mistake in the finals of the 100m Backstroke, shaving 4.32 seconds off his heat time in a 55.17, beating teammate Rory McEvoy (National Centre Dublin / Ennis) who finished in a strong season swim of 56.49 and Perry Gardner University of Stirling touched third in a 57.20.

Aisling Haughey posted a personal best in the 200m Breaststroke, to take poll position ahead Niamh Coyne NCD/Tallaght and Carys O Reilly, with a great swim of 2.32.50. Men 1500m Freestyle winner Daniel Wiffin posted a time of 16.18.99 and was joined on the podium by Jack Buswell (16.27.43) and Jackson O'Rourke (16.30.91) of Swim England East Midlands. While Women 800m Freestylers, were the last to grace the podium on day two with winner Fleur Lewis (London Swimming) being joined by team mate Phyllida Britton who placed third and Meg Finnon (University of Sterling) who placed second.


Final day of competition is tomorrow, Sunday.                                      



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