Swimming: Records tumble at Dave McCullagh International in Bangor

Updated: February 4, 2017
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The Swim Ireland Dave McCullagh/Swim Ulster International kicked off in Bangor on Friday with a great showing from Irish swimmers who were in record breaking form early in the season.

The meet is the first opportunity for swimmers to qualify for a number of European and World Events this summer but focus for this will be the Irish Open in April.


Danielle Hill was the first to break a record. The Larne swimmer broke her Irish Senior 50m Backstroke record in 28.76 seconds knocking four tenths of a second off her previous time of 29.15. Kathleen Dawson of Stirling claimed gold in the event in 28.16. Minutes later Hill was back in the pool to take silver in the 100m Freestyle in a best time of 57.45 seconds.


16 year old Mona McSharry picked up two gold medals, an Irish Junior Record and hit qualification times for the European Junior Championships and the World Junior Championships on the opening night of competition. McSharry took her first medal in the 100m Freestyle in 57.12 seconds. 30 minutes later she was back in the pool for her favoured 100m Breaststroke where she stormed to Gold in 1:07.75 and took a second off her Irish Junior Record of 1:08.75.


Bangor’s quartet of Jack McMillan, Jamie Graham, David Thompson and Jordan Sloan set the third record of the night in the 400m Freestyle Relay Final. Sloan’s final leg of 51.16 confirmed the win and record with the team combining for a time of 3:28.53 ahead of Ards (3:31.79) and Limerick (3:34.21).


Stirling’s Duncan Scott and Cameron Brodie touched first and second in the Men’s 200m Butterfly Final in 1:59.53 and 2:00.67 respectively while Castlebar’s Cillian Melly was the first Irish swimmer home to take bronze in 2:03.48. It was another visiting duo, from Loughborough this time, dominating the women’s event. Charlotte Atkinson held off team mate Breanna Close (2:16.86) to win in 2:11.29 with Templeogue’s Ellen Walshe taking bronze in a European Junior Championship qualification time of 2:17.09. Amelia Kane (Ards) and Caoimhe Quinn (Aer Lingus) both hit qualification times in the event for European Youth Olympics.


Rebecca Reid won the 400m Individual Medley Final in 5:01.28 going under the time standard for the European Junior Championships. Pippa Shuttleworth of Loughborough took silver in 5:03.42 with Ards’ Victoria Catterson third in 5:03.59. Julia Knox in 5:10.38 was also under the EYOF qualification time.


The men’s 100 Breaststroke Final was a close affair with Stirling’s Craig Benson (1:02.66) getting to the wall just ahead of Darragh Greene (1:02.79) of UCD while in the men’s 50m Backstroke Final Charlie Bodison picked up Gold in 25.86 seconds ahead of Ennis’ Rory McEvoy (26.40) who was under the standard for World University Games.


Ards’ Curtis Coulter took the honours in the Men’s 100m Freestyle Final in 50.78 seconds, just ahead of Bangor’s Jordan Sloan (50.93). Loughborough’s Nathan Wells won the men’s 1500m Freestyle Final in 16:09.96 while Ennis’ Hugh McMahon was the first Irish swimmer in 16:11.26. Day one’s final event saw Ards collect 800m Freestyle Relay gold in 8:42.50.




Full Results Day 1

Men 50m Backstroke Final: 1st C Bodison Stirling 25.86 2nd R McEvoy Ennis 26.40 3rd A Taylor Sunderland 26.97

Women 50m Backstroke Final: 1st K Dawson Stirling 28.16 2nd D Hill Larne 28.76 ISR 3rd F Rayner Sunderland 30.32

Men 100m Freestyle Final: 1st C Coulter Ards 50.78 2nd J Sloan Bangor 50.93 3rd C McLean Stirling 51.28

Women 100m Freestyle Final: 1st M McSharry Marlins 57.12 2nd D Hill Larne 57.45 3rd B Firth Ards 57.59

Men 200m Butterfly Final: 1st D Scott, Stirling 1:59.53 2nd C Brodie Stirling 2:00.67 3rd C Melly Castlebar 2:03.48

Women 200m Butterfly Final: 1st C Atkinson Loughborough 2:11.29 2nd B Close Loughborough 2:16.86 3rd E Walshe Templeogue  2:17.09

Men 100m Breaststroke Final: 1st C Benson Stirling 1:02.66 2nd D Greene UCD 1:02.79 3rd C Tait Edinburgh 1:03.21

Women 100m Breaststroke Final: 1st M McSharry Marlins 1:07.75 2nd B Aitchison Loughborough 1:10.02 3rd N Coyne Tallaght 1:11.50

Men 1500m Freestyle Final: 1st N Wells Loughborough 16:09.96 2nd H McMahon Ennis 16:11.26 3rd Ioan Evans Coventry 16:28.73

Women 400m IM Final: 1st R Reid Ards 5:01.28 2nd P Shuttleworth Loughborough 5:03.42 3rd V Catterson Ards 5:03.59

Men 4x100m Freestyle Team Relay: 1st Bangor 3:28.53 ISR 2nd Ards 3:31.79 3rd Limerick 3:34.21

Women 4x200m Freestyle Team Relay: 1st Ards 8:42.50 2nd Limerick 8:52.19 3rd Trojan 8:58.31



Qualification Times Met (selection of athletes for all events will be made at a later date)


European Junior Swimming Championships, 28th June – 2nd July 2017, Herzliya, Israel

Qualifiers: Mona McSharry (100 Breast, 100Free), Ellen Walshe (200Fly), Niamh Coyne (100Breast), Rebecca Reid (400 IM)


IOC European Youth Olympic Festival, 22nd – 30th July, Gyor, Hungary

Qualifiers: Maria Godden (100 Free), Amelia Kane (200 Fly), Caoimhe Quinn (200 Fly), Julia Knox (400 IM)


World University Games, 20th – 27th August, Taipei, Chinese Taipei

Qualifiers: Rory McEvoy (50 Back)


World Junior Swimming Championships, 23rd – 28th August, Indianapolis, USA

Qualifiers:  Mona McSharry (100 Breast), Ellen Walshe (200Fly), Niamh Coyne (100Breast)



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