July 22, 2022

Swim Ireland’s Irish Summer Nationals continued at the Sport Ireland National Aquatic Centre with many medals on offer across the age groups on day three.

The very first medals of the day came in this morning’s first session in the Boys 1500m Freestyle. Limerick’s Denis O’Brien was the only 15-year-old to break the 17-minute mark clocking 16:51.90. Glenalbyn’s Sean Donnellan picked up the silver in 17:35.96 while there was commemorative bronze for Ealing’s Daniele Tedesco (18:01.47) and national bronze for Limerick’s Darragh Horgan (18:01.60).

For the 16 yrs. age group, New Ross’ Emmet Cousins cruised to gold in 17:18.19 ahead of Coolmine’s Killian O’Loughlin Brophy (17:28.32) and Aer Lingus’ Tristan Egan (18:02.37). Aer Lingus’ Ben Moran won gold in the 17yrs category clocking 16:44.65, Trojan’s Ronan Fahy was second (16:45.34) and Lisburn’s Daniel Edgar third (17:31.58). New Ross’ Cian Foley won the 19&O Final in 17:52.25.

There were also commemorative golds for Danylo Chobanian (18) of Czech Republic in 16:14.66 and Marshall Illingworth (22) of City of Glasgow in 16:22.75.

In the 13yrs category, Dolphins Luke Merrigan was the only swimmer under 19-minutes winning in 18:33.20 ahead of Lurgan team-mates Oscar Black (19:38.63) and John Rada (19:59.27).

Ards’ Mathias Pickett won the 13years final in 19:37.18 with Severnside Tritons George Pearson picking up commemorative gold in 19:11.92.

Today’s first set of relays saw the quartet of Clare Custer, Aoife Gardiner, Carrie Harrington and Asha Mahanta from Sundays Well take gold in the Girls 13-14 800m Freestyle Relay in 9:33.18 ahead of Italy winning commemorative silver in 9:35.48, Dolphin with national silver in 9:37.37 and Banbridge completing the podium in 9:45.91.

In a cracking finale to the middle session, Aer Lingus won the Boys 13-14 400m Medley Relay in 4:43.11, just .47 ahead of Sundays Well (4:43.58) with Swim Belfast taking bronze in 4:50.10.

The first finals of the evening session came fast and furious with the Boys 100m Freestyle Finals. Blackrock’s Phelim Hanley added to two silver medals with gold in the 13yrs category in 1:00.36 ahead of Scott Duda (1:01.91) of Longford and Swim Belfast’s Leon Bliss (1:02.06). There was commemorative gold and silver for Zain Salah (59.01) of Hamilton Aquatics and Breakers SC Tadhg Smith (1:00.03).

There was no separating the gold medallists in the 14yrs category with Longford’s Ashley Weafer and Cookstown’s Ryan Griffin topping the podium in 57.55. Glenalbyn’ s Ian Middleton took Bronze in 57.62 and Hussein Shawky of Hamilton Aquatics won commemorative gold in 54.63.

15-year-old John Shortt of Blue Fin won age group gold in 52.83, followed by Bangor’s Gene Smith (53.93) and Dolphin’s Noah Switzer (54.29).

For the 16-year-olds, Killian O’Loughlin Brophy completed a Freestyle treble adding to 200m and 50m victories earlier in the week. O’Loughlin Brophy clocked 53.62 ahead of his Coolmine team-mate Darragh Morgan (55.05) and Banbridge’s Matthew Moan (55.72). There was commemorative silver and bronze for Mehmet Zeren (54.34) of Brompton and Omar Tallal (54.78) respectively.

Recently returned from European Junior Championships, New Ross’ Evan Bailey (17) clocked the fastest time of all finals in 50.92. Lisburn’s Adam Colgan was second in 53.10 and Ards’ Ben Riddell third in 53.60.

Another European Junior topped the podium in the 18yrs category as Thomas Leggett of Larne touched in 51.27 ahead of Coolmine’s Danny Morgan (52.33) and Ards’ Cody Dunnion (52.36).

Robbie Powell, European Championships bound next month, won the 19&O gold in 51.47 with Limerick’s Diarmuid Sutton (51.68) taking silver and his team-mate Finn McGeever (51.73), also bound for Rome, taking bronze.

The Girls 400m Freestyle was next up and following two fourth place finishes on the first day Larne’s Emily Hughes topped the podium in the 13 yrs. category in 4:25.75 followed by a fantastic battle for second where Dolphin’s Lexi Dunne (4:55.46) just pipped Hamilton Aquatics Sadie Llewellyn (5:55.46) for silver. Llewellyn came away with commemorative bronze while Banbridge’s Georgina Walker took national bronze in 4:59.49.

Dolphin’s Clare Custer picked up a third individual gold medal in as many days winning the 14yrs age group. Custer touched in 4:36.44 ahead of Aer Lingus’ Jessica Purcell (4:40.73) and Templeogue’s Laura Potts (4:40.82).

Grace Cochrane of Lurgan was first home in the 15yrs final in 4:37.97 with Banbridge’s Olivia Miskelly winning silver in 4:40.06 and Carrick Fins Clara Doherty bronze in 4:42.78.

Trojan swimmers Rebecca Friel (4:29.70) and Grace Hodgins (4:25.63) won the gold medals in the 16yrs and 17yrs age groups. Friel (16) won gold ahead of New Ross’ Leagh Bailey (4:38.61) and Lisburn’s Aimee Dawson (4:40.34), while Hodgins beat Limerick’s Ella Carroll (4:32.75) and New Ross’ Ruth Kelly (4:38.87).

In the 18&O Final commemorative gold and silver went to Tuks Christin Mundell (4:22.53) and Ealing’s Phyllida (4:27.69). Larne’s Ele Donegan took national gold in 4:35.69 while silver went to Limerick’s Hannah O’Connor (4:36.56) and Sligo’s Danielle Farrell (4:36.90) took bronze.

In the 50m Backstroke Finals Tokyo Olympian Shane Ryan (NAC) topped the podium clocking 25.86 ahead of David O’Loughlin (26.65) of Millfield and Adam Barnes (26.84) of Ards.

Maria Godden won the women’s final in 29.46. The Kilkenny swimmer touched ahead of Turks Swimming Caitlin DeLange (29.71) and UCD’s Jena Macdougald (29.76).

The final individual events of the day were the Boys and Girls 200m Breaststroke Finals.

Glenalbyn’s Daire Finlayson took the first win in the 13-year-olds final clocking 2:50.92 ahead of Dolphin’s Luke Merrigan (2:52.34) and Swim Belfast’s Leon Biss (2:55.08) while there was commemorative gold for Camden’s Leonardo Diallo (2:42.19).

The 14-year-olds threw up a cracking final with New Ross’ Cathal O’Brien and Brompton’s Anderson Daffey battling right to the finish. O’Brien managed to get the touch in 2:43.72 just .04 ahead of Daffey in 2:43.76 who took commemorative silver. National silver and bronze went to Banbridge’s Alan Karchenko (2:46.88) and Ross McCombe (2:47.44)

Lev Lvutin was the clear winner in the 15yrs final winning commemorative gold in 2:27.18. There was a great race for national gold with Banbridge’s Jake Logan just getting the touch in 2:35.46 ahead of Ballymoney’s James Green in 2:36.58, while Lisburn’s Aidan Mallett won bronze in 2:40.42.

The battles kept coming, this time it was Ards’ Benji Cummings and Hamilton Aquatics Elias Soens, the pair were neck and neck up to 150m, but Cumming’s pulled away in the final 50m to take gold in 2:30.36. Soen’s won commemorative silver in 2:32.49, Tullamore’s Cian George won national silver in 2:36.93 and Dolphin’s Ryan Ates completed the podium in 2:37.47.

Terenure’s Liam O’Connor clocked 2:23.83 to win the 17yrs age group in 2:23.83 ahead of Ards’ Matthew Hand (2:28.13) and Coolmine’s Ali Rayan (2:30.07) while in the 18yrs age group Templeogue’s Stephen Murphy topped the podium in 2:34.59 ahead of Dolphin’s Ewan Fane (2:35.60) and Banbridge’s Niall McGeown (2:36.28).

The final race in the series, the 19&O, saw a brilliant finish with European Championships bound Eoin Corby (Limerick) and Darragh Greene (Longford) taking the top two spots. Corby was first home in 2:14.10 with Greene just behind in 2:14.40 while Tuam’s Uiseann Cooke took bronze in 2:14.88.

The Girls 200m Breaststroke Finals were next up with Limerick’s Lucy O’Brien taking the first gold in the 13yrs final. O’Brien clocked 2:47.67, Dolphin’s Lexi Dunne won silver in 2:51.57 and Banbridge’s Georgina Walker bronze in 2:53.95.

Shark’s Niamh Connery topped the podium in the 14yrs final in 2:41.82 ahead of Portmarnock’ s Ava Jones (2:44.25) and Athlone’s Jane Ryan (2:53.37).

In the 15years final only .59 separated the medal places with Athlone’s Leah Connell taking the top spot in 2:51.30. Banbridge’s Darcy Walker was second in 2:51.30 and Laois Marlins Louise Hartnett third in 2:51.89.

Aer Lingus’ Aoife Doran won the 16years final in 2:41.47. Portmarnock’ s Megan Jones took silver in 2:45.01 and Sundays Wells’ Isabel Kidney bronze in 2:46.47.

Fresh from European Juniors Ards’ Ellie McCartney won the 17yrs. Final in 2:35.07. Commemorative silver went to Czech Republic’s Clementina Frankove in 2:38.84 with national silver going to Lurgan’s Hannah McCabrey (2:47.64). Lisburn’s Ava McNamara finished the podium winning the bronze in 2:50.82.

Niamh Coyne, part of the European’s team in August, completed the double adding 200m gold to 100m from earlier in the week. Coyne was the only swimmer to dip below 2:30 clocking 2:29.76 ahead of Limerick’s Eimear Doyle (2:36.03) and NAC’s Beth Gardiner (2:41.55).

The final event of day three saw Ards Ben Riddell, Cody Dunnion, Matthew Hand, and Daniel Kennedy combine for gold in the Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay as the only team under 8 minutes in 7:55.34. Coolmine claimed silver in 8:01.67 and Limerick bronze in 8:02.33.