Irish National Division 2 2019

July 11, 2019

Day 1: Thursday 11th July 2019 Session 2

There was excitement in the air at University of Limerick as day 1 kicked off at Irish National Division 2. This year’s event welcomes 865 swimmers from 96 clubs over 4 days of competition. Our youngest competitors of the day took to the blocks in the Boys 200m Freestyle Final (11-12yrs) this morning. Ennis’s Darragh Ball claimed the first gold of the event taking 5.09 seconds off his heat time touching in at 2:21.62. Followed by clubmate John Tuohy in the Boys 11&O pipping Michael O’Driscoll to the post. Adam Murphy (Castlebar) claimed gold in the 14yrs 200m Freestyle Final in a time of 2.13.09.

It was Max Burkamp of Portadown in the Boys 200m Freestyle Finals 15 & over who came out on top with a time of 2:10.96, 200th’s of a second ahead of Paddy Grimes of Laser in a blitzing final. It was Ennis to open and close this event with winners in both, as Dylan O Brien took gold in a time of 2:00.16.

Seconds dropped from heats to finals across the Girls 200m Butterfly Finals for many of event competitors. In the 11-12yrs Hannah Poynton of Trojan won in a time of 3:05.97. Emma Marriage from Drogheda improved her entry time by over 16 seconds to win gold in the Girls 200m Butterfly 13&Oyrs Final, in a time of 2.51.97. Sarah Cosgrave dropped nearly 5 seconds to touch first in the 14 & over category to win in a time of 2.48.95. The final two events, the 15&O and 16&O respectively, we’re taken by Tori Ryan (Asgard) and Maria Lyons (Sligo).

Zach Daniels-Howard (Fermoy) was ahead of the pack winning the 11-12 Over Boys 100m Backstroke in a time of 1:16.22. Other top finishes included Dominic French in the 13&Oyrs (Sligo), Samuel Farrell (Laois Marlins) in the 14&Oyrs, Adam Mahon (Lecale) for the 15&Oyrs. We were treated to a thrilling final event of the Boys 100m backstroke in with Fermoy swimmer Sean Slattery touching in ahead of Evan Welby (Shark) in the 16&O final.

A close final of the Girls 50 metre Breaststroke aged 15 years and over was won by Megan Gellately of Portadown (35.30) narrowly followed in second by Holly Woodside and Evelyn Donnelly. 

It was Limerick, Tallaght, Templemore and Longford who took the gold in the Boys 400m IM this morning. Denis O Brien claimed his first gold of the day with another to follow in the afternoon. It was Glenn Comerford who came out on top of the 13’s, Ross Gillespie of Templemore of the 15 year old’s and Daniel Madigan of Longford in the 16 years & Over.

Day 1: Thursday 5th July 2019 Session 4

To kick start the evening session we had the Girls 400m IM event which saw many PB’s across various clubs. Sinead Freeman of Comans got the ball rolling knocking a staggering 14.30 seconds off her entry time with a time of 5:44.17. This was followed up by a nail biting 13yrs final with Jane O’Boyle (Longford) just edging in front of Natalia Arbuzova of Celtic Waves to clinch the gold. A similar finish in the 14yrs race with another close finish between Clodagh Smith and Laureen Deely who was 200ths of a second out, great finish! Aisling Stapleton of Castlebar and Labhaoise Boyle of Shark came out on top in the remaining two events.

The Girls 200m Freestyle proved to be the most vocal of the evenings session here at UL, as the crowd cheered on these swimmers. Aoife Byrnes (Limerick), Aoife Lyons (Celtic Waves), Sophie Nolan (Vikings), Aoife Dirrane (Laser) and Sorcha Kearney (Bluefin) comfortably took gold in each of their age groups stretching away from their competitors to be crowned the 200m Freestyle Champions in their respective age groups. Aoife Byrnes posted a time of 2:23.24, Aoife Lyons touched in 2.19.96, Sophie winning her age group in a time of 2:18.09, Aoife Dirrane touching in 300ths of a second ahead of second place and last year gold medallist, Robyn Dalton and last but not least, Sorcha won the over 16 year age group in a time of 2:10.83.

Denis O’Brien cruised to victory in a comfortable swim to become the 200m Butterfly Champion (11-12yrs) in a time of 2:44.27. Eanna Garvey (Mallow Swans), shaved 4.2 seconds off his heat swim to win the open final of the event in a time of 2.53.34. Eoin Treanor of Claremorris and Christian Kenny-Carroll of St.Fiacc’s each took gold in their age categories.

Athlone swimmer Nicola Brennan was first in this event to claim yet another gold in the 11-12yrs Girls 100m Backstroke Final in time of 1.15.35. Laoise Deasy from Sundays Well clocked in at 1:13.38 to win the 13yr age group final. The 14 & over 100m Backstroke final was action packed, all girls all hungry for the win. But it was Aimee Russell (Ballymena) who stretched to the lead ahead of Ellen Millar (Larne) and Maria Nasonov (Templeogue) in what was a tight finish with split seconds separating the three. Similar excitement in with the 15 year olds as Fiona Miao (Fermoy) took gold followed closely by Amy Humphries (Larne). Elena Gallagher of Trojan rounded off the event with a time of 1:07.49.

The Boys in the 15 & Over 50m Breaststroke went to Leinster club Kilkenny, Christopher Carew in a time of 31.07, Sean Brennan (Tuam) and Billy Clarke (Sharks) took the top 3 stops on what was a fitting end to Day 1 of competition.  

See all results here

Competition continues tomorrow until Sunday!

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