Olympian Barry Murphy Achieves European Championships Qualifying Time with Scotland Clinching the Junior Celtic Duel Meet Trophy
The Dave McCullagh Memorial & Swim Ulster Invitational Meet completed its final night of racing at the Bangor Aurora Complex in style.
Day’s One and Two witnessed a tightly contested duel between Ireland and Scotland and all was to play for heading into the Day three races. In a winner takes all style, 3 points were awarded to the fastest swimmer between the two nations with zero points going to second place in each final. A bonus point was also awarded to the scoring athletes who had made the ‘A’ Final, meaning pressure was on from the get-go for athletes to perform in the morning. This made for a weekend of tough and exciting racing between Ireland and Scotland. Early leaders Scotland battled hard to hold the top spot position as Ireland tenaciously fought to win every point that was on offer on the final night. The final score finished Scotland: 195 Ireland: 137, with Scotland taking home the Celtic Duel Meet Trophy.
Olympian Barry Murphy booked his ticket this morning to the European Senior Championships this August in the 50m Breaststroke Heats in 28.01. Murphy once again went under the time in the final in 28.12. He will now get back to work in the pool in preparation for the European Championships this August.
Ard’s man Curtis Coulter put in a gold performance in the 50m Freestyle securing the Consideration Time for the Commonwealth Games this July. Coulter had close competition from teammate Conor Munn who finished in second place.
In the Mens 100m Butterfly NAC Performance Centre Swimmer Brendan Hyland was just 0.07 shy of his Irish Senior Record in a winning time of 54.63. Brendan will join teammate Barry Murphy at their training base in Dublin as they both prepare for a summer of exciting swimming at the European Championships.
The 400m Freestyle proved one of the most exciting events of the evening with the top 3 finishers all within 0.46 of each other. Distance specialist Andrew Meegan showed his form touching the wall first in a time of 4.01.53. Second went to Brendan Hyland and third to Clare man Bernard Cahill. Meegan, who was a finalist at the World University Games last year, will now look for European Championships Qualification at the Irish Long Course Nationals in April.
The Women’s 400m Freestyle was the final win for GB Olympian Hannah Miley, who had already ruled the pool in the 50 Breaststroke, 200 Backstroke, 200 Individual Medley and the 100 Butterfly tonight. Miley posted the fastest time in 4.17.30 ahead of the young Irish star Antoinette Neamt, narrowly missing the podium finishing in 4th in 4.21.44.
The Dave McCullough overall top team trophy was won by Ards who showed strong performances by all of the team.
Full Results Day 3
Men 50m Freestyle Final: 1st C Coulter Ards 23.39 2nd C Munn Ards 23.69 3rd K Morgan NOVA 23.74
Women 50m Freestyle Final: 1st S Caulfield Scotland 26.94 2nd K Stark Scotland 27.01 3rd A Hyland Invictus 27.03
Men 50m Breaststroke Final: 1st B Murphy Aer Lingus 28.12 2nd M Dawson Ards 29.24 3rd D Sweeney Loughborough 29.26
Women 50m Breaststroke Final: 1st K Hanlon Scotland Youth 32.13 2nd H Miley Garioch 32.45 3rd S Wilson Loughborough 33.46
Men 200m Backstroke Final: 1st L Knight Loughborough 2.01.43 2nd A Miley NGHX 2.07.35 3rd C McLean Scotland Y 2.08.57
Women 200m Backstroke Final: 1st M Briggs Scotland 2.14.44 2nd N Hofton Nova 2.16.47 3rd K Willis Loughborough 2.17.12
Men 100m Butterfly Final: 1st B Hyland Tallaght 54.63 2nd L Howdle NOVA 55.63 3rd R Brown Scotland Youth 57.15
Women 100m Butterfly Final: 1st S O’Brien UCD 1.01.64 2nd H Meek NOVA 1.03.63 3rd H Miley Garioch 1.03.73
Men 200m IM Final: 1st S Duncan Scotland Youth 2.05.88 2nd S O’Brien Aer Lingus 2.06.25 3rd R Muir Stirling 2.06.91
Women 200m IM Final: 1st H Miley Garioch 2.16.97 2nd S Stallard UCD 2.19.91 3rdA Orla NGHX 2.22.49
Men 400m Freestyle Final: 1st A Meegan Aer Lingus 4.01.53 2nd B Hyland Ards 4.01.94 3rd B Cahill Ennis 4.01.99
Women 400m Freestyle Final: 1st H Miley Garioch 4.17.30 2nd A Thorton Loughborough 4.19.81 3rd A Keegan NOVA 4.21.38
Men 4x100m Medley Team Relay1st Loughborough 3.47.49 2nd Ards 3.52.04 3rd Scotland 3.57.52
Women 4x100m Medley Team Relay: 1st Scotland 4.18.59 2nd Ireland 4.23.62 3rd Scotland 4.25.00
European Junior Championships, 9th – 13th July 2014, Dordrecht, Holland
Previous Qualifiers: Dearbhail McNamara (100m Breaststroke), Niamh Kilgallen (100m Breaststroke), Gemma Kane (200m Butterfly) Dearbhail McNamara (200m Breaststroke), Niamh Kilgallen (200m Breaststroke)
European LC Swimming & Open Water Championships, 13th- 24th August 2014, Berlin, Germany
Yesterday’s Qualifiers: Brendan Hyland (200m Butterfly) Dan Sweeney (200m Breaststroke)
Today’s Qualifiers: Barry Murphy (50m Breaststroke)