The final day of competition at the Celtic Tri-Nations at the National Aquatic Centre has seen the Irish Swimming Team claim victory over Scotland and Wales. In a closely contested event, the Irish team ended up on 30,380 points, just ahead of the Scottish team on 30,248.
Ireland’s Melanie Nocher missed out on Olympic Qualification in the 200m Backstroke but took gold comfortably in a time of 2.12.43, ahead of Danielle Stirrat of Wales (2.15.28) and Hannah Miley of Scotland (2.16.67). Nocher next heads to the European Senior Championships in Debrecen, Hungary at the end of May.
Sycerika McMahon put in a commanding display in the Women’s 50m Breaststroke final, taking gold in a time of 32.07 ahead of Wales’ swimmer Sara Lougher (32.07) and Scotland’s Kerry Buchan (33.85).
Bethany Carson also produced a great performance in the tight 100m Butterfly final, finishing in a time of 1.00.75, just ahead of Portuguese Olympian Sara Oliveira (1.00.94) and Ayls Thomas of Wales (1.00.76).
Irish Performance Director Peter Banks reflected on the weekend’s action. “It is great to win the Tri-Nations at home. Our team was a mixed group with both juniors and seniors and all worked hard to produce this result. I was especially impressed with some outstanding junior results and European Junior qualifers. Overall, I am very pleased with the weekends racing”.
Irish clubs were competing for the Dave McCullagh Trophy also this weekend. Honours went to Aer Lingus SC, with ESB SC in second place and Bangor SC third.