Swim Ireland’s Dave McCullagh Memorial Gala, incorporating the Ulster Invitational and Junior Celtic Duel Meet, kicked off its second day at the new 50m pool at the Aurora Leisure Centre in Bangor, Co. Down.
Following on from day one Ireland’s and Scotland’s junior swimmers went into their second day in a tightly contested Duel Meet.
Yet again there were a number of international qualifications on Day 2 with Dan Sweeney achieving the European Senior Consideration Time in the 200m Breaststroke in a time of 2.13.93. Dan’s 200m Breaststroke was especially impressive having been agonisingly close just two weeks ago at the British University Championships. In the women’s event Dearbhail McNamara and Niamh Kilgallen again qualified for the European Junior Championships. This follows from their performances yesterday in the 100m Breaststroke.
Olympian Barry Murphy showed form in the Men’s 50m Butterfly taking the gold medal in a time of 24.87. In the female event Shauna O’Brien demonstrated her dominance by lowering her personal best and Irish National Record to 27.68, and in the process winning the gold medal. Paralympic Gold Medallist Bethany Firth was second in 28.04
Hannah Miley, GB Olympian, continued her marathon swimming schedule tonight starting with the 200m Freestyle in a winning time of 2.01.43. Miley then went on to win the 200m Breaststroke, and rounded off her night with a third win, this time in the 800m Freestyle. The 800m Freestyle also saw an impressive performance from NAC Performance Centre athlete Antoinette Neamt, who was best of the Irish finishing in 3rd in 8.55.19.
In the Men’s 100m Backstroke Loughborough SC’s Liam Knight beat Craig McClean from Scotland in a time of 58.83. UCD’s David Prendergast was third in 59.10.
Rounding off Day 2 was some sensation relay performances from the Irish Junior Team. In the women’s 4x100m FTR the Irish quartet set a new Irish Junior Record in a time of 3.55.62. This time was enough to seal maximum points from the Scottish Juniors. In the men’s 800m Freestyle relay the Scottish boys took the gold finishing in a time of 7.49.09 closely followed by UCD Swim Team in 7.50.52.
After Day 2 the scores for the Celtic Meet are Scotland 118 and Ireland urging ever closer in 93
Competition continues tomorrow (Sunday)
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Full Results Day 2
Men 50m Butterfly Final: 1st B Murphy Aer Lingus 24.56 2nd B Hyland Tallaght 24.87 3rd L Knight Loughborough 25.09
Women 50m Butterfly Final: 1st S O’Brien UCD 27.68 2nd B Firth Ards 28.04 3rd K Stark Scotland 28.53
Men 200m Freestyle Final: 1st S Duncan Scotland 1.52.52 2nd M Parks Edinburgh 1.52.63 3rd Brendan Hyland Tallaght 1.53.76
Women 200m Freestyle Final: 1st H Miley Garioch 2.01.43 2nd M McDowell Bangor 2.03.72 3rd
Men 100m Backstroke Final: 1st L Knight Loughborough 55.89 2nd C McLean Scotland 58.33 3rd D Prendergast UCD 59.10
Women 100m Backstroke Final: 1st N Hofton NOVA 1.02.36 2nd K Willis Loughborough 1.04.83 3rd M Briggs Scotland 1.05.41
Men 200m Breaststroke Final: 1st D Sweeney Loughborough 2.13.932nd J Broady Loughborough 2.17.33 3rd A DeTullio CWSC 2.19.86
Women 200m Breaststroke Final: 1st H Miley Garioch 2.30.55 2nd D McNamara Ireland 2.35.45 3rd S Wilson Loughborough 2.36.21
Men 400m IM Final: 1st L Smith Stirling 4.24.41 2nd S Duncan Scotland 4.24.53 3rd R Muir Stirling 4.26.40
Women 800m Freestyle Final: 1st H Miley Garioch 8.45.58 2nd A Thorton Loughborough 8.52.19 3rd A Neamt Ireland 8.55.19
Men 4x200m Freestyle Team Relay: 1st Scotland 7.49.09 2nd UCD 7.50.52 3rd Ennis 7.59.62
Women 4x100m Freestyle Team Relay: 1st Ireland 3.55.62 2nd Ireland 3.56.90 3rd Scotland 3.57.65