July 27, 2018

Swim Ireland’s Irish Summer Nationals continued at the National Aquatic Centre Dublin today with more impressive performances from Ireland’s bright young stars. Catch up on all of our winners from a packed day of action.

100m Freestyle

First up tonight David Thompson added to his 50m Freestyle gold in tonight’s 100m Freestyle Final. The Bangor swimmer will form part of team Ireland’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay in Glasgow next week. NAC’s Oisin Tebite (12-13) and Kilkenny’s Aidan Cook (14) were also adding to their 50m titles touching in 58.42 and 56.27 respectively. Brian Desmond (Kilkenny, 15) added to 200m Freestyle gold in 55.25 and Aer Lingus’ Sam Winston clocked 54.83 for his first 16-year-old age group title.

400m Freestyle

Ella Carroll of Limerick added 400m Freestyle gold to 1500m Freestyle gold today. The 13-year-old knocked 11 seconds off her preliminary time taking the title in 4:40.46. Dolphin’s Hannah O’Shea, who had won silver in both the 400m IM and 200m Freestyle, added gold to her collection in the 14-year-old age group in 4:32.31, Toronto’s Freya Rothery taking commemorative gold in 4:28.00. Also adding to a 1500m Freestyle title Edel Daly of National Centre Limerick took the 15-year-old title in 4:29.89. Otter’s Charlotte O’Riodan claimed 16-years age group gold in 4:30.31 while European Juniors team member Victoria Catterson topped the 17&O podium in 4:30.08.

50m Backstroke

National Centre Dublin’s Rory McEvoy was the only swimmer to break 26 seconds touching in 25.91 in the men’s 50m Backstroke Final, he was followed home by Belgium’s Sjobbe Luyten (26.09) and Ards’ Paddy Johnston (26.77). In the women’s event Maria Godden collected title number three clocking 29.93, she was the only swimmer under 30 seconds with UCD’s Kate Kavanagh taking silver in 30.02 and Templeogue’s Ellen Walshe bronze in 30.15.

200m IM

Ards’ Matthew Hand brought his great form into day three picking up his fifth gold medal of the meet. The 13-year-old swam an impressive 2:24.00 to take the 200m Individual Medley age-group title. Liam Custer of Sundays Well won his first age-group title touching in 2:18.07 in the 14—year-old group with Toronto’s Charlie Skalenda joining Hand on top of the podium with commemorative gold in 2:16.39. More swimmers adding to their hauls included Castlebar’s Sam Rennick who won the 15-year-old age group title in 2:18.83 and National Centre Limericks Eoin Corby, with his fourth gold, winning the 16-years title in 2:09.14. National Centre Dublin’s Ben Griffin completed the boys winners with a personal best time of 2:02.43.

Enniskillen Lakelanders Ellie McCartney returned to the podium for her fourth 12-13 age group gold medal as she came home first in the 200m Individual Medley final in 2:26.72 ahead of Dolphin’s Heather Fane (2:31.35). Hannah O’Shea added to 400m Freestyle gold with her second win of the day in 2:29.39, Elsa Daigle of Toronto took commemorative gold for the 14-year-olds in 2:29.03. European Juniors teamers Julia Knox of Banbridge and Maria Godden were atop the podium once again, Knox for her fifth gold in 2:18.62 and Godden her fourth in 2:24.60. Claremorris’ Niamh Kilgallen claimed the final gold in the event with the fastest time of the night in 2:18.35. 

1500m Freestyle

In today’s 1500m Finals Aer Lingus’ Andrew Meegan was the only swimmer under the 16-minute mark taking 17&O gold in 15:59.09. Lisburn’s Paul Cox cruised to victory in the 16-year-olds age group in 17:36.37 while for the 15-year-olds it was Enniskillen’s Oisin McManus topping the podium in 17:39.95.


Trojan collected the first relay medals of the day when Mia Solaja, Nemone Rogers, Grace Hodgins and Aisling Rowlands combined for gold in the girls 800m Freestyle Relay in 9:30.33. In the boys 400m Medley Relay Hamilton Aquatics took commemorative gold in 4:32.11 while Templeogue’s David Corcoran, Saulius Uoka, Oscar Randles and Daniel Walsh claimed the Irish title in 4:32.11. Limerick’s Joseph Mooney, Finn McGeever, Jack Grace and Alan Corby completed day three with gold in the men’s 800m Freestyle Final in 7:38.93.

NPD Picks of the Day

  • Aidan Cook (Kilkenny) in the 100m Freestyle for holding a monster leg kick all the way through the event to dominate the final
  • Maitiu CLARKE (Coolmine) in the 200m IM for a terrific sneaky bronze out of lane 0, holding opponents at bay with a wonderful head down aggressive finish
  • Hannah O'Shea (Dolphin) in the 200m IM for never saying die and chasing down a huge early lead from one of our Canadian friends and almost catching her