Day 3 Irish Summer Nationals 2019
July 26, 2019
Swim Ireland’s Irish Summer Nationals continued at the National Aquatic Centre Dublin today with the third Irish Senior record broken of the meet by Larne swimmer Danielle Hill.
Conor Fitzgerald (Splashworld Sharks) claimed the first gold of the night in a ripping time of 56.96 among the 12-13 year olds 100m Freestyle. Swimming in his club pool, Oisin Tibite (NAC) claimed his second gold of the competition after picking up gold in the 50m Free on Wednesday continued the same form to clinch the 14 year old title. Uoka Saulius (Templeogue) edged ahead of a tight top 3 to add another gold to his tally likewise, Brogan McAviney of Kilkenny took another gold in a time of 54.90. Two Denmark swimmers occupying lane 4 & 5 touch both touch in under the 50 seconds with the National title heading up North to Bangor swimmer David Thompson.
Visitors from Toronto, Stein-Blumberg and Partridge took the top spots to gain themselves commemorative medals in the Girls 400m Freestyle with Aoife Doran of Aer Lingus taking the gold knocking 4.7 seconds off her entry time. The girls from Trojan were clear contenders for the top two spots, Grace Hodgins (Gold) and Aisling Rowlands (Silver) with a 4 second gap ahead third place. Dolphin swimmer, Hannah O’Shea claimed her 3rd and 4th gold medal adding to her 200m freestyle and 400m IM wins on day 1 of competition with the 400m Freestyle and 200m IM tonight. Ards swimmers Amelia Kane and Victoria Catterson taking the older age categories.
Silver medallist in this event last year, Paddy Johnston returned to claim the national title this year in a time of 26.52 in the Men’s 50m Backstroke Final. The women’s final had to of been the highlight of the night. With Danielle Hill smashing her previous record of 28.64 touching well under in 27.95 to claim herself a second Irish Senior Record within 24 hours and…a gold medal.
Visiting Hamilton swimmer Christopher Dufva had a noteworthy performance in the 200m IM touching in an impressive time of 2:24.66 with David Pau taking the National title. Sligo’s Ronan Kilcoyne and Jack Cassin of Dolphin taking golds. Demonstrating his prowess at each stroke, Sean Kenny of Templeogue taking 4 second off his time in prelims to touch in at 2:14.51 for the gold. NCL’s Alan Corby touching in behind visitors Wassilli Kuhn (Germany) and John Britton (Ealing) to take the National title.
Making a name for herself at this event, Ards’ Grace Davison claimed her fourth gold with a win in the Girls 200m IM in the 12-13 year olds. Retaining their National Titles from last year, swimmers Ellie McCartney (Enniskillen Lakelanders), Hannah O Shea (Dolphin) and Julia Knox (Banbridge) exhibited consistent performances throughout the competition. Aliena Schmidtke (Germany) took a commemorative gold with Ards Rebecca Reid touching in shortly after in a time of 2:18.87.
In today’s 1500m Finals, Monday’s record breaker Jack McIntyre was the only swimmer under the 16-minute mark taking 17&O gold in 15:32.86. Dolphin’s Neddie Irwin cruised to victory in the 16-year-olds age group in 17:11.40 while for the 15-year-olds it was Niall McGeown who took the gold with commemorative medals for Hamilton and Beckenham.
This morning saw Team Trojan taking the Girls 800m Freestyle Relay clocking just under the 9 minutes in a time of 8:59.64 and in the Boys 400m Medley Relay Bangor claimed gold. The evening Boys 800m Freestyle Relay was won by Limerick Team in a time of 7:45.13 while the Denmark Internationals clocked a quick 7:24.01 to take a commemorative medals.
The action continues tomorrow to Sunday at the National Aquatic Centre. This is a free event for spectators so get on down to show your support! Finals kick off at 5pm Saturday and 4pm Sunday.
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