Day 3: Irish National Division 2 2019

July 13, 2019

Saturday July 13, 2019

Day 3: Session 10

Day 3 of Irish National Division 2 was jam packed with 18 events taking place throughout the day. The long day proved no barrier for these young competitors as we saw many great swims! The morning heat declared winner of the Boys 11&O 400m Freestyle opened with another blinder from Denis O Brien in a time of 4:38.83 stretching a 24 second lead to claim gold. Dominic French (Sligo), Tommy Meagher (Kenmare Bay), Filip Lewandowski (Trojan), Darragh Walsh (Sundays Well) and James O Reilly (Are Lingus) topped each of their respective events.

The Girls 200m Backstroke opened the afternoon of finals and the swimmers were ready for action! Nicola Brennan (Athlone) won the first gold medal of the finals in the youngest age category of this event 11-12. Next up were the 13yrs olds final, Caoimhe Doyle (Drogheda) led at the halfway point but it was Laoise Deasy (Sundays Well) who came in with a strong finish in a time of 2:36.16 to claim her second gold medal (her first in the 100m Backstroke on Thursday). Sophie Nolan eased to victory among her 14yr old competitors in a time of 2:32.68 and Fiona Miao (Fermoy) in the 15yrs. The final gold of the event went to Lara Whitten of Tramore who narrowly beat Megan Gellately of Portadown.

This event saw a host of young athletes claim their second medal of the championships. Denis O Brien of Limerick was back and hungry for more gold as he thundered through the water to finish 1st on the Boys 11-12yrs 100m Butterfly Final in an impressive time of 1:12.32. The 13yrs age group final saw the title going to Banbridge with Lewis Gray on the back of his 100m Breaststroke win yesterday. Cian Mason put his relay triumph to his advantage as he claimed his second gold for Kingdom in a time of 1:08.52. And it was more success for Paddy Grimes (Laser) as he claimed the gold in the 15yr old final. It was a tight finish between the middle lanes as Iarlaith Hayes/Breheny (Kingdom) clinched gold just ahead of Dylan O Brien (Ennis) and Tommy Huang (Castlebar) in a gripping finish to this event.


It was the Girls turn for the splash and dash in the 50m Freestyle this evening, with an incredible amount of fast racing across all age groups. As you would expect there were plenty of close finishes, with swimmers fighting for pole positions. Keela Flanagan (Athlone) posted the fastest time in the 11-12yr old category in a time of 30.26. Of the 13yr olds, Jennifer Hynes of Templeogue took her second gold with a quick free on the back of a great team relay performance yesterday. Lane 6 was the fastest finalist as Naoise Allen touched in for Vikings to claim gold. Caoimhe Dowling claimed the top spot for Trojan in the 15yrs in a time of 28.05. The closest race of the evening however, had to be during the eldest category of the event, in which Evelyn Donnelly (Aura Dundalk), Maya Blanco-Morrissey (NAC) and Sorcha Kearney (Bluefin) battled for the win, all posting within .3 of a second of each other, however it was Donnelly who edged forward to become the champion in a time of 27.97.

The final event of the afternoon was the cheer inducing relays, where teams and supporters gathered to support their clubs. The Boys 11-14yrs 4 x 50m Medley Relay we saw another close finish between the team from Ennis and Kingdom. However it was team from Ennis, made up of Darragh Ball, Cian Pyne, Oisin O Grady and John Tuohy who stuck the gold touching in front of Kingdom in a time of 2:14.51. The boys from Kingdom weren’t far behind coming in next in a time of 2:15.09 to claim the Silver medal and Athlone with the bronze.


The Girls 15 & Over 4 x 50m Medley Relay was the finishing performance of the afternoon and true to the theme, another tight finish. It was very close between the gold, silver and bronze, with only 1.3 seconds separating the colours of the medals. It was the Shark girls who managed to claim the championship title touching first in 2:11.37 but not without a fight from Sligo who were just behind in second place in 2:11.83 and NAC to finish 3rd. The Shark team was made up of swimmers Bernadette Kenny, Labhaoise Boyle, Oliwia Roclawska and Rebekah Liptrot.


Session 12

The Girls 400m Freestylers were up first in the afternoon with our youngest category winner of the night 11-12yrs Aoife Byrnes (Limerick) was the only competitor to dip under the 5 minute mark in a time of 4:57.00. Aoife Lyons (Celtic Waves) won gold in the 13yrs, Sophie Nolan (Vikings) in the 14yrs, Tori Ryan (Asgard) in the 15yr old event and last but not least, Elena Gallagher (Trojan) took the top spot in the eldest category of the event, 16yrs & Over.

With a delayed start the Boys 200m Backstroke were eager to get the evening session underway. Their eagerness reflected in some impressive times, as Ryan Griffin (Cookstown) touched in first of the 11-12 year-old in a time of 2:37.40. Kingdom’s Rory Boyd led at the halfway mark and extended his lead in the final 50 meters to cruise in an uncontested in a time of 2:29.93 in the 13yrs. Max Panov of Viking claimed the gold in the 14yrs. In the 15yrs knocking 2 seconds off his prelim time, Adam Mahon (Lecale) won another gold in a Backstroke event. And to finish the 16yrs&O took to the start line to contest the gold with Dylan O Brien (Ennis) pulling off the feat with a cool 2 seconds to spare.

Hannah Poynton of Trojan was the one to watch on the back of her 200m victory on day 1, however over the shorter distance it was Aoife Byrnes (Limerick) who took the gold in the Girls 100m Butterfly 11-12yrs. Sorcha Brennan (Tuam) adding to her medal tally taking in the 13yrs gold with a time of 1:13.78, while in the 14yrs .3 second separated Emma Hughes (Ballina) from Naoise Allen ensure the Ballina swimmer the gold. In the 15yrs&O Fiona Miao (Fermoy) posted a time of 1:11.21 to take the gold in her age group. The 16yrs old & Over was a tight race in with Paola O Brien (Galway) and Megan Gellately (Portadown) touching in at the exact same time at the 200m mark however Megan kept her cool and managed to touch first in a time of 1:08.94 to claim the gold and Paola for the silver.

The first race of the Boys 50m Freestyle was a thriller as these 10 competitors came roaring off the blocks in 11-12yrs Mark Gil touched in for Trojan. A closely fought 13yrs final saw medallists Lewis Gray (Banbridge) and John Tuohy (Ennis) go head to head with Gray pipping Tuohy to the post in a time of 28.41. Adam Murphy (Castlebar) collected another gold in the 14yrs and Joe Dillon collected his first medal (Curragh) in the 15yrs&O. Three-hundreths of a second separated the gold from the bronze in a storming 16yrs&O final. Ennis swimmer Dylan O’Brien clocking 24.64, Daniel Collins for the silver (24.90) and Oisin Kearney clocking 24.93 for bronze in what was a thrilling encounter.

Girls 4x50m Medley Relay 11-14yrs saw Templeogue quartet Maria Nasonov, Eva Walshe, Amy Purcell and Jennifer Hynes work as a team to bag 4 gold medals to take home to Dublin (2:15.78). Larne Silver & Athlone Bronze.

After a long day of racing it was refreshing to see such great energy and determination in the Boys 4x50m Medley Relay 15yrs&O. It could of gone any way with Tallaght touching in first for the first 50, Limerick with the 100 and Castlebar for the 150, but the four Mayo men, Niall Carter, Conn McNamara, Tommy Huang and Cian Donoghue held the lead and touched in at 1:55.58. Athlone took bronze and Tallaght claimed second spot.

See all results here

Final day of competition is tomorrow, make sure to get on down to UL to support these young swimmers!

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