February 21, 2020
Men 400m IM
Max Litchfield looks set to claim a second gold medal this week after crushing the field in this afternoon’s 400m IM Heats. Litchfield, who won 200m Butterfly gold this morning, touched in 4:19.01 ahead of National Centre Limerick’s Cadan McCarthy (4:35.17) and Stirling’s Tony-Joe Trett-Oliver (4:37.67)
Irish Record holder Mona McSharry topped the Women’s 50m Butterfly Heats. McSharry was outside that record of 26.62 in 27.07 followed by a trio of Loughborough swimmers, Charlotte Atkinson (27.25), Harriet West (27.65) and Siobhan Marie O’Connor (27.68).
Cookstown’s Calum Bain posted the fastest time in the men’s event. Bain was the only swimmer under 25 seconds in 24.63, Cillian Melly will be second seed in 25.30 with Stirling’s Zac Aitchison and Ard’s Michael Hewitt both touching on 25.32.
Sunderland’s Alys Thomas was the only one to break two minutes in the women’s 200m Freestyle Heats. The 200m Butterfly gold medallist clocked 1:59.65 ahead of Loughborough’s Abbie Wood (2:00.69) and Stirling’s Aimee Wilmott (2:01.32). Maria Godden of Kilkenny was the best of the Irish coming in fifth overall in 2:03.30.
Duncan Scott is the clear favourite for tomorrow’s men’s final after an impressive 1:47.32 swim in the heats, the closest competitor, a 1:50.53 from Perth City’s Stephen Milne. Stirling’s Mark Szaranek will take third seed in 1:51.07 while Jack McMillan, Bangor, was the fastest Irish swimmer, fourth in 1:51.64.
Stirling’s Kathleen Dawson, the only swimmer under 1 minute, will lead the charge in the women’s 100m Backstroke tomorrow with a time of 59.98. Kilkenny’s Maria Godden put in a great effort in 1:02.91 just .04 off her best time for second in 1:02.91. Medi Harris of Wales goes in third in 1:03.23 while Irish Record holder Danielle Hill secured her final place in 1:03.82.
2019 World Championships medallist Luke Greenbank topped the men’s heats in 55.11. Conor Ferguson (55.29), Shane Ryan (56.04) and Rory McEvoy (56.48) go through in second, fourth and fifth, the Irish trio progressing from the same heat this evening. Loughborough’s Joe Litchfield will be third in after a swim of 56.04.
Molly Renshaw from Loughborough cruised into tomorrow’s 200m Breaststroke Final with a time of 2:27.92 for top seed. Irish breaststroke aces Niamh Coyne (2:32.06) and Mona McSharry (2:33.82) were next home with Aberdeen’s Hannah Miley back in 2:34.21. A solid swim also from Templeogue’s Ellen Walshe in 2:34.96 who is better known for her butterfly.
James Wilby leads a group of five Loughborough swimmers through to tomorrow’s men’s final. Wilby touched in 2:11.98 to post the fastest time ahead of Stirling’s Ross Murdoch (2:12.42) with team-mate Adam Peaty third in 2:14.64. Irish junior Eoin Corby advances in fourth in 2:15.82 with Uiseann Cooke the only other Irish swimmer to make the final in 2:21.50.
400m Freestyle Relay
Ards collected their third national relay title in just two days winning the women’s 400m Freestyle. Ellie McKibbin, Amelia Kane, Rebecca Reid and Victoria Catterson combined for a time of 3:56.55. City of Glasgow took commemorative silver while Bangor (4:03.14) won national silver and Templeogue bronze in 4:07.10.
Bangor men finished the night with a new Irish Club Relay Record. The quartet of Curtis Coulter, Jack McMillan, David Thompson and Jordan Sloan took .7 off the previous record held by Bangor from 2017 which McMillan, Thompson and Sloan were all part of. City of Glasgow picked up another commemorative silver in 3:35.39 just ahead of Ards in 3:35.70 while Larne (3:47.12) took Bronze.
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