Day 4: Irish National Division 2 2019
July 14, 2019
Sunday July 14th, 2019
Day 4: Session 14
Last day of competition got underway in University of Limerick this morning with the first medals awarded to Sinead Freeman (Comans), Rebekah Friel (Aura Dundalk), Emily Dore (Askeaton), Aoife Sweeney (Galway) and Ciara Shiels (Splashworld Sharks) in the Girls 800m Freestyle HDW.
First of the afternoon finals was the Boys 200m IM which gave these young athletes the opportunity to show off multiple strokes on a national stage. First off the blocks were the 11-12yrs, there was no stopping the Limerick club native Denis O Brien once he touched in nearly half a length ahead of the pack in a time of 2:35.19. Up next in the 13yrs, Aaron Peng (Tallaght) picked up his first gold of the event, this was followed by Ewan McGoldrick (Armagh) who dominated the 14yrs as he made no mistake touching in first on each stroke. Cian McCormack of Longford claimed gold in the 15yrs with a time of 2:28.05 and in the eldest category (16yrs&O) Dylan O Brien of Ennis claimed his 6th medal of the competition with a quick time of 2:18.21 ahead of Patrick Harmon and Niall Carter.
Girls 200m Breaststroke 11-12yrs was a strongly contested by Sasha Coleman (Silver) and Antonina Sech (Bronze), however it was Ellie Campbell of Trojan who claimed the gold in 3:06.60, while Maddie Smith received gold in the 13yrs. Larne claimed the top two spots in the 14yrs with Ellen Millar (Gold) and Sophie Doran (Silver). The gold in the 15yrs went to Rebekah Liptrot (Shark) who stormed the last 50m for the win. And Megan Gellately (Portadown) pipped Jennifer Andrews to the post in a time of 2:49.99 in 16yrs&O.
Boys 50m Backstroke 15yrs&O final Shark swimmer, Evan Welby clinched the gold (29.15) in a tight top three, with Ethan Comerford (Tallaght) and Luke Brophy (Mallow Swans) for second and third respectively.
Of 3 heats exciting, the Mixed 4x50m Medley Relay title is heading down to Kerry as the Kingdom team made up of Rory Boyd, Lily May Ryan, Cian Mason and Máire O Sullivan took the gold. Castlebar only 2 seconds off the mark to claim silver and Lisburn City for the Bronze.
Day 4: Session 16
Denis O Brien (Limerick) continued his winning streak claiming the gold in the Boys 800m Freestyle HDW making this is 8th gold medal of the competition. Be sure to watch out for this young swimmer at future events! There were medals for Michael O Driscoll (Sundays Well), Adam Murphy (Castlebar), Cian McCormack (Longford) and Oisin O Sullivan (Celtic Waves).
Girls 200m IM 11-12yrs Aoife Byrnes on home soil (Limerick) touched in for the gold in a time of 2:41.53. Kim McTigue (Kingdom) touched in just ahead of Emma Marriage (Drogheda) was triumphant in the 13yrs. Naoise Allen (Viking) was leading the pack at the halfway mark with clubmate, Sophie Nolan hot on her heels who caught her in the last 50meters for the gold (2:36.73). In the 15yrs race, Aoife Dirrane stretched 2 strides ahead for the win, while in a well contested 16yrs&O Sorcha Kearney added to her medal haul in a time of 2:29.26.
Trojan claimed the first win of this event as Mark Gil was quickest off the mark in the Boys 200m Breaststroke 11-12yrs final. The highlight of the event would have to of been the 13yrs race, as we had a tie for gold with Dylan McGrath (St.Fiacc’s) and Aaron Peng (Tallaght) both touched in at 2:57.11 in a gripping final 50 meters. Alec George (Limavady) won in the 14yrs and Cian McCormack (Longford) in the 15yrs. While Christopher Carew of Kilkenny in the 16yrs&Over blitzed the final race of the event in a time of 2:31.02.
Girls 50m Backstroke 15yrs&Over was a rip-roaring race with Elena Gallagher (Trojan) taking home the gold (31.31), Clonmel in a close second (31.34) with Amy Fitzpatrick and Lara Whitten (Templemore) in third.
A fitting end to what was a great weekend of racing came to a close with the Mixed 15&O 200m Medley Relay HDW. With coaches, friend and family pacing the sidelines cheeing and whistling their swimmers along it was Shark to take the final gold of the championships. Team: Evan Welby, Billy Clarke, Oliwia Roclawska and Labhaoise Boyle.
A big THANK YOU to everyone involved in this week’s Irish National Division 2. We’ve had an exciting few days with lots of fantastic swimming.
Competitions like this would not be possible without our Officials and Volunteers who have worked tirelessly, our Swimmers, Coaches, Managers, Parents, UL Arena staff members and everyone involved. Also, to the supporters who came to cheer on these young athletes. Have a safe trip home everyone, we hope you had a great four days in Limerick!
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