July 06, 2018

Rebecca Reid has progressed to the 50m Backstroke semi-final and Ireland’s 800m Freestyle Relay team broke the Irish Junior Record as the European Junior Championships reached the half way stage in Helsinki. 

Reid, making her first appearance at these Championships, knocked out a personal best 29.63 second swim in the 50m Backstroke heat, taking .27 off her previous best and qualifying for this evening’s semi-final in 14th place overall.

The Ards swimmer will swim in the second semi-final at 3.07pm.

After setting a new Irish Record in the mixed 400m Freestyle Relay yesterday Robbie Powell and Jack McMillan joined Cadan McCarthy and Finn McGeever for the 4x200m Freestyle Relay today. The quartet smashed the Irish Junior Record set in 2012 by almost 5 seconds in 7:33.73 to finish 5th in their heat. The previous record of 7:38.57 was set by Curtis Coulter, Brian O’Sullivan, Brian O’Sullivan and David Prendergast at the same event in 2012.

Also in action today, Victoria Catterson was the best of the Irish swimmers in the 200m Freestyle touching in 2:05.05 closely followed by Maria Godden in 2:05.39. Julia Knox and Naomi Trait both made their championship debuts in the same event in 2:06.41 and 2:08.38 respectively. In the 100m Butterfly Ellen Walshe clocked 1:02.57 while Ellen Cassidy finished the 50m Backstroke in 31.36.

Day three heats concluded with an impressive performance from our 400m Medley Relay where Godden, Walshe and Catterson were joined by Niamh Coyne to combine for a time of 4:13.79. The relay finished fifth in their heat and 12th overall.

Day 3 Heats Results:

50m Backstroke        Rebecca Reid                        H 29.63 PB

                                 Ellen Cassidy                          H 31.36

200m Freestyle        Victoria Catterson                H 2:05.05

                                Maria Godden                        H 2:05.39

                                Julia Knox                                H 2:06.41

                                Naomi Trait                             H 2:08.38

100m Butterfly        Ellen Walshe                           H 1:02.57

800m FTR                Ireland Men                            H 7.33.73

400m MTR                Ireland Women                      H 4:13.79


Day 3 Finals Schedule:

50m Backstroke Semi Final    Rebecca Reid                        3.07pm (IRL)

Team: Niamh Coyne (National Centre Dublin/Tallaght), Ellen Walshe (Templeogue SC), Rebecca Reid (Ards SC), Jack McMillan (Bangor SC), Robbie Powell (Athlone SC), Victoria Catterson (Ards SC), Finn McGeever (National Centre Limerick), Paddy Johnston (Ards SC), Julia Knox (Banbridge SC), Amelia Kane (Ards SC), Maria Godden (Kilkenny SC), Ellen Cassidy (Dolphin SC), Alfie Kelly (Dolphin SC), Cadan McCarthy (National Centre Limerick/Mallow Swans), Naomi Trait (Kilkenny SC).