July 23, 2021

Personal bests and consistency stood out on the results sheet on the second night of finals at the Irish Summer Meet in Bangor on Friday.

Trojan Swimming Club's Grace Hodgins closed Thursday's session with a cracking personal best in 1500m Freestyle and was again in top form on Friday at the Bangor Aurora Aquatics and Leisure Complex.

She dominated Women's 400m Freestyle, setting a new best time of 4:27.97 to beat Ella Carroll from National Centre Limerck by nearly three seconds. The 16-year-old's previous best of 4:29.04 was only set last month at the Swim Ireland Performance Meet, showing this young swimmer is on a roll!

Showing great consistency, National Centre Limerick's Eoin Corby posted two 28.15s in the heats and final of the Men’s 50m Breaststroke, chased home each time by Limerick’s Uiseann Cooke, who did swim 0.12s quicker in the final.

Adam Barnes and Maria Godden also swam identical times to win their heats and finals in the Men’s and Women’s 100m Backstroke events, twice going 59.34 and 1:02.83.

In Women’s 100m Freestyle, Victoria Catterson dropped 0.4s off her heat time to beat Erin Riordan and Naomi Trait. Catterson’s time of 55.96 was 0.63 off Danielle Hill’s Irish Senior Record.

National Centre Dublin’s Niamh Coyne was also close to her best in the Women’s 200m Breaststroke Final, swimming 2:27.89 to beat 16-year-old Ellie McCartney and Eimear Doyle, who earlier won the Women’s 400m Individual Medley in 5:09.46.

That second place was a big personal best for McCartney from Enniskillen Lakelanders, who touched in 2:36.12, having never previously posted a swim under 2:37 in this event. Doyle also posted a personal best of 2:37.36, despite her busy schedule!

Ards Swimming Club’s Paddy Johnston took five seconds out of the field in the Men’s 200m Butterfly Final winning in 1:59.68 to second-place Ethan Hansen’s 2:04.25.

Johnston has been chasing Tokyo 2020 Olympian Brendan Hyland in this event this year, and will now be able to watch that rival compete against the best in the world in 200m Butterfly on Monday morning.

There was fast swimming from Cookstown's Calum Bain and Jack Grace from National Centre Limerick in 100m Freestyle, both swimmers recording sub-51s swims in the heats and the final.

Bain won both rounds, going fastest in the final with 50.61. The Irish Senior Record is 48.68, set by double Olympian Shane Ryan in 2018.

Full results can me found on the Meet Mobile app. The final day of competition begins at 10am on Saturday morning. This event is an opportunity for Irish swimmers to post times to earn consideration for Swim Ireland teams heading to international events during the 2021/22 season.