July 23, 2022

The Swim Ireland Irish Summer Nationals reached its penultimate day at the Sport Ireland National Aquatic Centre today, and after four days of competition, many familiar faces were seen on the podium as well as lots of first timers.

First up saw the Boys 400m Freestyle Swimmers, in the 13 yrs final, Blackrock’s Phelim Hanley took the first gold medal of the day touching in 4:38.43 ahead of Swim Belfast’s Leon Biss (4:45.37) and Drogheda’s Dylan Brady (4:46.54).

The 14yrs final saw a brilliant finish from Templeogue’s Andrew Mullen and Glenalbyn’s Ian Middleton with just .09 separating the two. It was Mullen who took gold in 4:28.50 ahead of Middleton (4:28.59) in the end. Commemorative bronze went to Apex’s Leopold Fournials (4:33.66) with national bronze going to Longford’s Ashley Weafer (4:34.83).

Denis O’Brien was the clear winner in the 15yrs final. The Limerick swimmer took an early lead he never gave up, coming home in 4:12.84. There was a battle for silver and bronze though with Ards’ Daniel Harvey (4:26.31) getting to the wall just ahead of Limerick’s Daragh Horgan (4:26.87).

No stranger to the podium this week, Killian O’Loughlin Brophy won his fourth gold medal in the 16yrs final in 4:18.47. He was closely followed by New Ross’ Emmet Cousins (4:19.42) with Templeogue’s Robert Mullen completing the medal winners in 4:22.07.

European Junior swimmer Evan Bailey was on the podium again in the 17yrs final with another gold to add to his collection in 4:02.03. Bailey had a clear five seconds on silver medallist Adam Colgan of Lisburn (4:07.65) while Ben Moran of Aer Lingus won bronze in 4:13.63.

Czech Republic’s Danylo Chobanian was first home in the 18yrs final to win commemorative gold in 4:04.94. A great battle for national gold was had between Ards’ Daniel Kennedy and Coolmine’s Danny Morgan (4:07.20) where Kennedy touched .05 ahead of Morgan in 4:07.15. Bronze went to Kilkenny’s Aidan Cook in 4:20.40.

The last final, the 18&O, saw Lisburn’s Nathan Wiffen and Limerick’s Finn McGeever go head-to-head throughout. Both having the only sub four-minute swims of the finals, it was Tokyo Olympian McGeever that got to the wall first in 3:57.58, while Wiffen clocked 3:59.14. UCD’s Ben David was the bronze medallist in 4:13.23.

The first finals of the evening session saw the Girls 100m Freestyle finalists take to the blocks. Dolphin’s Lexi Dunne and Italy’s Carolina Panfili battled it out with Panfili just getting the touch in 1:02.18 to Dunne’s 1:02.42, both standing atop the podium. Silver went to St Fiaccs Hannah Coady in 1:02.75 with bronze to Larne’s Emily Hughes (1:03.14).

Ava Jones of Portmarnock had a very impressive swim in the 14yrs final winning in 1:00.38 over another great swim from Templeogue’s Lura Potts (1:01.49) and Aer Lingus’ Jessica Purcell (1:03.18).

Olivia Miskelly (Banbridge) and Ards’ Zophia Quigley had the crowd on their feet in the 15yrs final, it was Miskelly who got the touch in 1:00.02 with Quigley second in 1:00.45 and Lisburn’s Isla Henry third in 1:01.08.

The first sub one minute swim came courtesy of New Ross’ Leagh Bailey in the 16yrs final, where she won gold in 59.57. Portmarnock’s Megan Jones clocked 1:00.36 for silver and Asgard’s Molly O’Bric 1:00.90 for bronze.

Just .05 separated Lisburn’s Grace Conway and NAC’s Kelly Ann Brown in the 17yrs final. Brown had been leading for much of the race but was caught by Conway who won gold in 59.43 ahead of Brown’s 59.48. Terenure’s Naoise Allen completed the podium in 1:00.08.

NAC’s Erin Riordan impressed in the 18&O final, touching in 56.46 ahead of Tuks Inge Weideman (56.75) and Caitlin Delange (57.01) who took commemorative silver and bronze. National silver went to Sligo’s Danielle Farrell in 58.51 with Kilkenny’s Naomi Trait claiming bronze in 59.13.

Next on the schedule was the Girls 200m Butterfly. Limerick’s Lucy O’Brien was the first age group champion in the 13yrs category clocking 2:35.68 ahead of Banbridge’s Georgina Walker (2:40.01) and Portmarnock’s Sarah Keane (2:42.57).

In the 14yrs final, the ever-impressive Clare Custer flew to the win in 2:29.40, while just one tenth of a second separated silver and bronze with Lisburn’s Emilee Edgar claiming second in 2:38.71 and Trojan’s Hannah Poynton third in 2:38.81.

The 15yrs final had an incredible finish which could have gone to any of three swimmers, only .15 separating them all in the end! On 2:29.85 it was New Ross’ Eva Bayley who got there first, followed by Ards’ Zophia Quigley (2:29.91) and Trojan’s Hannah Mulloy (2:30.00).

Banbridge won gold and bronze in the 16yrs final with Alana Burns-Atkin first home in 2:22.70 and third going to Anna McKernan (2:35.08). Ballymoney’s Eva Bailey won silver in 2:27.59.

Another great contest, this time in the 17yrs final where just two hundredths of a second separated Lurgan’s Hannah McCabrey and Lisburn’s Toni Jamison. McCabrey got there first in 2:25.77 followed by Jamison in 2:25.79. Another great finish for bronze saw Brompton’s Rachael Harris take the commemorative medal in 2:29.20, just .03 ahead of national medallist Ruth Kelly of New Ross.

Aer Lingus’ Lucy Thornton won the last of the finals, the 18&O, in 2:17.74 ahead of Sundays Well Sharon Semchiy (2:20.38) and Dolphin’s Hannah O’Shea (2:24.98).

The Boys 200m Butterfly was next up and it was a second trip of the day to the top of the podium for Phelim Hanley who clocked 2:25.23 ahead of Tallaght’s Siyuan Jason Jia (2:37.80) and Sundays Wells’ Liam O’Driscoll (2:43.06). There was commemorative silver also for Hamilton Aquatics Zain Salah (2:29.11).

Swimming for Lisburn Ben Bickerstaff impressed with a 2:19.77 finish in the 14yrs final for gold. Italy’s Edoardo Antonelli won commemorative silver in 2:30.45 with national silver going to Ards’ Ben Wilson (2:31.47). Bronze went to Wexford’s Conor Corbett in 2:35.60.

Another very impressive swim, this time 15-year-old Sean Donnellan, already 100m Butterfly champion, clocked 2:08.09 for gold. Limerick’s Denis O’Brien was second in 2:16.71 with Blackrock’s Alex Barrett third in 2:20.09.

In the 16yrs final, Brompton’s Kynan Tallec-Botos picked up commemorative gold in 2:12.73 ahead of national gold winner Liam Og Mathers (2:15.85) of Banbridge. Silver went to Breifne’s Louis Maguire (2:19.30) with bronze going to Kilkenny’s Matthew McAviney (2:24.43).

Lisburn took the top two spots in the 17yrs final with Adam Colgan claiming the gold in 2:08.52 and team-mate Dylan Registe silver in 2:10.03, Aer Lingus’ Ben Moran completed the medal winners in 2:13.32.

In the 18yrs final Czech Republic’s Danylo Chobanian was back on the podium for commemorative gold in 2:07.63 ahead of national gold medallist Conor Johnson (2:12.01) of Kilkenny and silver medallist Alexander McMullen (2:32.66) of Bangor.

Tuks Ross Hartigan won commemorative gold in the 19&O final in 2:02.09 with Kilkenny’s Brogan McAvinney (2:09.02) claiming national gold ahead of Banbridge’s Adam Wilson (2:09.49) and UCD’s Callum Ashton (2:09.50).

In this evening’s 50m Breaststroke Finals, Tuks Caitlin DeLange clocked 31.73 for gold ahead of Limerick’s Eimear Doyle (33.27) and Czech Republic’s Clementina Frankova (33.29). In the men’s final, Galway’s Andrew Moore edged Longford’s Darragh Greene (28.33) and Limerick’s Eoin Corby (28.45) in 28.29.

The 100m Backstroke Girls and Boys took to the blocks for the next set of finals. Portmarnock’s Sarah Keane was back on the podium, taking gold in 1:11.09, just behind Italy’s Carolina Panfili who won commemorative gold in 1:10.47. Silver went to Dolphin’s Orna Higgins (1:11.14) and bronze to Higgins team-mate Lexi Dunne (1:12.50).

In the 14yrs final 1:10.06 was good enough for gold for Sundays Wells’ Asha Mahanta. Silver was won by Glenalbyn’s Emily Odwyer in 1:10.71 with bronze going to Banbridge’s Mia Mulholland (1:11.32)

It was an extremally close final in the 15yrs final, just .25 separating the top three. Lisburn’s Isla Henry was first home in 1:08.60, followed by New Ross’ Eva Bayley (1:08.72) and Larne’s Louisa Humphries (1:08.85).

Leagh Bailey of New Ross returned to the podium for gold in the 16yrs final clocking 1:05.73 ahead of Aer Lingus’ Aoife Doran (1:06.86) and Dolphins Izzy McGrath (1:08.86).

Enniskillen Lakelanders Cora Rooney topped the podium in the 17yrs final. Italy’s Eleonora Marcucci took commemorative silver in 1:07.29 while Trojan’s Nemone Rogers took national silver in 1:07.54 and Bangor’s Shannon Byrne bronze in 1:07.67.

The last of the women’s finals, the 18&O, saw Maria Godden claim another gold in 1:02.65. Commemorative silver and bronze were won by Tuks Hannah Pearse (1:03.51) and Kerryn Herbst (1:03.90), while national silver went to Jena Macdougald (1:04.33) and national bronze to Sligo’s Danielle Farrell (1:05.64).

The first of the Boys 100m Backstroke Finals was won by 13-year-old Leon Biss of Swim Belfast in 1:07.60. Commemorative silver went to Hamilton Aquatics Cameron Haddow (1:08.76) with Trojan’s Danylo Prokhorov winning national silver in 1:09.67 and Dolphin’s Luke Merrigan bronze in 1:10.27.

Hamilton Aquatics Hussein Shawky won commemorative gold in the 14yrs final in 1:03.79 ahead of national gold medallist Andrew Mullen of Templeogue in 1:06.23. Only .01 separated silver and bronze with Lisburn’s Ben Bickerstaffe (1:07.39) home ahead of New Ross’ Cathal O’Brien (1:07.40).

The first sub 1 minute swim came in the 15yrs final with Bluefin’s John Shortt swimming an impressive 58.44. Silver went to Titans Artem Chobot in 1:03.28 with bronze going to NAC’s Fionn Byrne in 1:03.50. Hamilton Aquatics Rohayem Tolba won commemorative silver in 1:01.49.

New Ross’ Emmet Cousins won 16yrs gold in 1:00.26 ahead of Coolmine’s Darragh Morgan (1:02.65) and ESB’s Ray O’Shea (1:03.34). There was commemorative gold and silver for visitors Mehmet Zeren (1:00.26) of Hamilton Aquatics and Czech Republic’s Maksym Dovbush (1:01.37).

Adam Barnes of Ards won the 17yrs final in a fantastic 58.09 ahead of Swim Belfast’s Brandon Biss and Longford’s Philip Duda (1:00.53).

NAC’s Matthew Walsh Hussey just edged Tuks Phillip DeLange to win gold outright in 59.18, DeLange took commemorative silver in 59.45. National silver went to Aer Lingus’ Sean Noonan in 1:01.13 while Kilkenny’s Aidan Cook won bronze in 1:02.35.

The last individual final of the night saw Tuks Giano Dos Santos win commemorative gold in 58.31 ahead of Dolphin’s Neddie Irwin, who broke the 1-minute mark for the first time in 59.99 to win national gold. Silver went to UCD’s Luke Lonergan in 1:00.28 and bronze to Cormorant’s Aran Keating in 1:01.32.

The first relay medals of the day were awarded in the middle session for the Boys 13-14 4x200m Freestyle Relay where Aer Lingus’ Cillian Kavanagh, Ethan Noonan, Daniel Egan and Caolam Turner combined to win in 9:10.20, silver went to Dolphin (9:13.38) and bronze to Sundays Well (9:25.39).

In the Girls 4x100m Medley Relay the quartet of Carrie Harrington, Asha Mahanta, Clare Custer and Aoife Gardiner of Sundays Well clocked 4:56.23 for gold ahead of Dolphin (4:59.54) and Banbridge (5:01.05).

This evening’s final event saw six teams battle it out for the Women 15&O 4x200m Freestyle Relay Title. It was an extremely close encounter with Sundays Well and Limerick bringing it right to the wire. The Sundays Well team of Anna Feenan, Isabel Kidney, Beth Nolan and anchored by Sharon Semchiy got to the wall first in 8:55.50 ahead of Limerick’s 8:56.45. Leander completed the podium in 9:10.07.

Competition continues tomorrow with the morning session live from 8.45am.