February 20, 2020
Ards’ Amelia Kane, Rebecca Reid, Ellie McKibbin and Victoria Catterson got the 2020 McCullagh International underway this afternoon with a new Irish Club Relay Record and claimed the National Title in the 800m Freestyle Relay in 8:28.85. The Ards ladies knocked almost six seconds off UCD’s 2013 Record of 8:34.21. Also, in record breaking form in the race were silver medalists Trojan, who set a new junior standard of 8:48.44. Leander took Bronze in 8:55.29. In the Men’s event Bangor cruised to their first national title in 7:45.31.
Bangor were back on top of the podium after the 400m Medley Relay when Jack McMillan, Mark Stoops, Jordan Sloan and David Thompson combined for a time of 3:57.32. City of Glasgow received commemorative gold in 3:53.77.
Glasgow were back on the podium for commemorative gold in the women’s event, the quartet touching in 4:23.96 while Ards won a second national relay title, Kane, Reid and Catterson joined by Zoe Thompson for a time of 4:24.10.
Stirling’s Aimee Wilmott topped the heats in the first individual event of the night, the 400m IM. Wilmott clocked 4:39.61 ahead of Scottish junior Katie Shanahan (4:47.09) and Garioch’s Hannah Miley. Templeogue’s Ellen Walshe was the best of the Irish in fourth place in 4:56.71.
Joe Litchfield was the only swimmer to break 25 in the Men’s 50m Backstroke. The Loughborough swimmer touched in 28.82, Perry Gardner of Stirling the next fastest in 26.17. National Centre Dublin’s Rory McEvoy was the fastest Irishman in fourth on 26.30.
Stirling’s Kathleen Dawson topped the seeds in the women’s 50m Backstroke, with Larne’s Daniele Hill second, the duo the only two under 29 seconds in 28.63 and 28.78 respectively.
Spectators will have a mouth-watering 100m Freestyle Final to look forward to tomorrow morning. Stirling’s Duncan Scott took the top spot in 49.11, National Centre Dublin’s Shane Ryan clocked 50.12 while Jarvis Parkinson (50.40) of Chelsea & Westminster, Bangor’s Jack McMillan (50.64) and Edward Mildred (50.78) of Northampton round out the top five.
In the women’s 100m Freestyle heats Kilkenny’s Maria Godden took the top seed in 57.60, Mona McSharry (Marlins) clocked 57.90 while Bangor’s Rachel Bethel will be the third seed for tomorrow’s final in 58.16.
The Men’s 200m Butterfly saw Northampton’s Edward Mildred as the only swimmer under the two-minute mark in 1:59.66. Loughborough’s Max Litchfield will take lane five, while Brendan Hyland (National Centre Dublin) and Cillian Melly (National Centre Limerick) battled for the final 50m of their heat for third seed, it was Hyland who came out on top, touching in 2:01.59, Melly just behind in 2:01.75.
2018 Commonwealth Games Champion Alys Thomas of Swansea University and Loughborough’s Charlotte Atkinson look set to battle for the gold in tomorrow’s Women’s 200m Butterfly Final. Thomas emerged as the top seed in 2:10.81 with Atkinson clocking 2:11.54. Ellen Walshe was the best of the Irish, fourth overall in 2:21.90.
Olympic and World Champion Adam Peaty had the crowd on their feet as the Loughborough swimmer eased through his 100m Breaststroke heat in a time of 58.90, the only swimmer under a minute. While Peaty is the gold medal favourite tomorrow, James Wilby (Loughborough), Ross Murdoch (Stirling) and Darragh Greene (National Centre Dublin) look like they’ll be battling for silver and bronze.
It was another Loughborough swimmer clocking the fastest time in the women’s event. Siobhan Marie O’Connor touched in 1:07.48, Molly Renshaw (1:08.37) and Mona McSharry (1:08.48) finish the top three with an exciting final to look forward to tomorrow.
The McCullagh International Meet is being delivered in the same format that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be run with heats in the evening and finals the next morning.
Full meet information available HERE