Day 4 Irish Summer Nationals 2019

July 27, 2019

Day 4 in Dublin continued as the previous three had with more incredible swimming from our age group swimmers. Not 1, 2, 3 but 4 Irish Senior Records for Danielle Hill as she continued her incredible record-breaking streak bagging herself two more tonight. First record of the evening came in the 100m Freestyle. The previous record had been held by Sycerika McMahon for 6 years with a time of 56.19, Larne swimmer clocked in 56.01. Then second of the night, and fourth of the competition came in the 100m Backstroke, where Hill was heads and shoulders above the rest checking in with 1:01.76.

Templemore’s Rosie Whitten took the first gold of the evening’s finals in the 100m Freestyle clocking 1:02.34. Only two swimmers dipped under the minute mark as Aisling Rowlands and Leah Whittaker shared the podium with a national and commemorative gold medal. Hannah O Shea the only swimmer to do the same in her final in a time of 59.83. Naomi Trait taking the 16 year olds taking 2 seconds off her prelim time.

In the Boys 400m Freestyle Coolmine and Trojan swimmers took the youngest titles of the event with Killian O’Loughlin Brophy and Finn O’Neill taking the gold medals. Claiming his third national title, Jack Cassin (Dolphin) took over the 15 year old race while clubmate Neddie Irwin claimed the 16 year old title in a time of 4:18. Newly crowned record holder, Castlebar’s Jack McIntyre claimed another gold in the eldest age category getting the better of our German and Danish visitors.

Hannah O Shea having already proved her outstanding ability in a 200m Free, IM, 1500m and 400m Free went on to add the 200m fly to her repertoire of titles at this event clocking 2:25.39. Banbridge’s Katie Macfarlane clocked 2:32.78 to gold in the first of the 200m Butterfly finals in a time of 2:32.78. In a tight finish between Toni Jamison (Lisburn) and Grace Hodgins (Trojan) with 1 tenth of a second between them. Last year’s gold medalist in the 15 year olds, Amelia Kane of Ards went on to retain her crown cruising to a comfortable win in a time of 2:18.21. From an early lead the visitors from Denmark, Helena Bach touching in 2:10.17 and teammate Regitze Gaard not far behind made no mistake taking the top two spots. Lucy Thornton claiming the last gold of this event.

Becoming a regular on the podium this competition, Matthew Hand of Ards came out on top in a battle of the top 3 touching in (2:21.21) just behind Toronto swimmer Filip Senc-Samardzic in the Boys 200m Butterfly. Enniskillen Lakelanders’ James McClure earned himself a gold with a time of 2:21.65. Conor Johnson had a scorching swim in the 15 years old to go clear with 4 seconds to spare, with fellow Kilkenny swimmer Brogan McAviney also taking gold. Clocking 56.28 at the 100m mark, Cillian Melly was the clear favourite to retain his national title, clocking 2:00.85 to seal the deal.

Current record holder, Mona McSharry claimed gold in the 15&O 50m Breaststroke Final. The Marlins swimmer swam an impressive 31.14 seconds ahead of Aisling Haughey and Eimear Doyle. The boy’s race could have gone to a number of swimmers with just 10 metres to go. UCD’s Andrew Moore got his fingers to the wall first of the Irish swimmer in 28.14 followed by Liam Doyle (29.09) who took silver last year in this event. German internationals, Melvin Imoudu and Kuhn Wassili claimed commemorative medals.

Cora Rooney of Enniskillen Lakelanders claimed her first gold of the event clocking just behind commemorative medalist Leah Whittaker (Ealing) in the 100m Backstroke. Lauren Farr (Sundays Well) claimed the 12-13 year olds gold while Templemore claimed their second gold of the night with Charlotte Cullen tipping in first. Hamilton swimmer Lidia Somigliana and Laura Killen claimed commemorative and national in the 16 year old final. Three-time record holder in this event already, Danielle Hill added her fourth Irish Senior Record of the Championships clocking 1:01.08.

David Pau (Portmarnock), Bradley Fon (Ards) and Adam Barnes (Ards) were among the gold medalists in the 100m Backstroke, Neddie Irwin of Dolphin claiming the 16 year old final. It was a National Centre trio in the final age category of the event, the 17 years & Over. Rory McEvoy National Centre Dublin touched in (56.18) ahead of Ole Bruaunschweig (Germany), Sean Scannell also of NCD in second and Alan Corby of National Centre Limerick taking the bronze.


Coolmine Swimming Club took national titles in the Boys 800m Freestyle with a collective time of 8:49.10 and Girls 400m Medley Relay went to Lisburn City. The boys team of Ollie Brennan, Darragh Morgan, Killian O’Loughlin-Brophy and Ali Rayan were joined on the podium by Hamilton Aquatics who took commemorative Silver and Galway Swimming Club (Silver) and Aer Lingus (Bronze). In the girl’s event Jessika Robson, Ava McNamara, Toni Jamison and Moya O’Kane touched in 4:47.79 just behind Toronto and Hamilton Aquatics. Dolphin took the second spot and Aer Lingus the third.

The final race of the night, 800m Freestyle was a real treat for spectators from home and abroad. Denmark pipped Germany to the post by 6 hundredths of a second in a whopping time of 8:13.03. Of our home contenders Ards came close to UCD’s Irish Senior Record with a time of 8:35.42 to claim the last National title of the evening.


The action continues tomorrow and is the final day of competition, your last chance to catch these young athletes in action.


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