July 09, 2022

Day five of the LEN European Junior Championships got underway this morning in Bucharest. Romania, with four Irish swimmers in action and Ellie McCartney and Grace Davison advancing to semi-finals.

McCartney may have had to wait a little bit longer than expected to make her first appearance this week, however, the Ards SC swimmer made up for lost time as she swam a brilliant 1:11.31 in the 100m Breaststroke to advance to the semi-final this afternoon at 15:31 (Irish time).

Speaking after her morning heat, McCartney said: “It was a solid swim, I think it was my third fastest time ever, so it’s good to come away with that. I have improved my performance since trials, so that’s always good. It was unexpected because of the situation I was in this week, I’m glad to be back for semis tonight. I didn’t really know what was going to happen today, I just wanted to give it my all and hopefully make it back, which luckily, I did. It wasn’t too bad for only having two days back in the water and coming in to racing. Hopefully I can improve from my performance this morning, looking at the videos there’s a couple bits that I can definitely fix and work on, so it would be nice to improve the time.”

Grace Davison, has had an impressive week to date, was the final Irish swimmer in action this morning. McCartney’s team mate at Ards SC continued her good form swimming in the 200m Individual Medley, recording a time of 2:20.56 to progress in 16th overall. Davison will return to the blocks this afternoon for the semi-final of the 200m Individual Medley at 16:03.

Both Thomas Leggett and Evan Bailey were back in the pool for Team Ireland this morning, swimming in the 100m Freestyle. Larne SC swimmer Leggett finished in an excellent time of 51.62 to finish second in his heat bringing his first ever European Junior Championships to a close in brilliant fashion, with a new personal best.

New Ross SC swimmer, Evan Bailey recorded a time of 51.76 in Heat 5 of the 100m Freestyle.


Evan Bailey New Ross SC

Thomas Leggett Larne SC

Grace Davison Ards SC

Ellie McCartney Ards SC/National Centre Bangor

Liam Custer Sundays Well SC/Sarasota Sharks

Grace Hodgins Trojan SC

Molly Mayne Templeogue SC/Hamilton Aquatics (Dubai)

Day 5 Heats Results:

100m Freestyle Thomas Leggett, 51.62

Evan Bailey, 51.76

100m Breaststroke Ellie McCartney, 1:11.31

200m IM Grace Davison, 2:20.56

Day 5 Finals Schedule

100m Breaststroke Ellie McCartney

200m IM Grace Davison

  1. Tuesday – Sunday schedule: Prelims: 10am (8am Ireland) / Finals: 5pm (3pm Ireland)
  2. Results Link
  3. Live Stream Link