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Andrew Meegan breaks record at short course championships

Updated: Saturday, 30 Nov 2013 22:30 | Comments

Meegan bested his own record from the 2012 Championships
Meegan bested his own record from the 2012 Championships

Andrew Meegan kicked off proceedings on day two of the Irish Short Course National Swimming Championships in Lisburn by setting a new standard in the 1500m Freestyle final.

Meegan bested his own record from the 2012 Championships by almost two seconds finishing in 15:11.69.

In second place, 18-year-old Brendan Gibbons set a new Irish Junior standard in the 800m split of the 1500 metres breaking the previous record of 8:11.00 that he had held since 2012 with a time of 8:09.02.

UCD’s Shauna O’Brien had the crowd on their feet in the final of the Women’s 100m Butterfly when she wiped Michelle Smith’s 18-year-old record of 59.99 from the books.

O’Brien raced home in a time of 59.38 to claim the new Irish record just 20 minutes after winning the 50m Freestyle Final in 25.89 seconds.

Another UCD swimmer, 18-year-old Brian O’Sullivan, added two more Irish Junior records to the 100m Individual Medley record he set yesterday.

O’Sullivan picked up gold in both the 50m Backstroke (24.88) and 200m Individual Medley (2:01.94) to take his tally to three National Championship titles so far.

Grainne Murphy and Antoinette Neamt had the supporters on their feet once again in the 400m Freestyle final. Murphy and Neamt were neck and neck throughout the race with the experienced Murphy winning out in the end with a time of 4:11.66, Neamt, who is just 12 years old, was just behind in 4:12.10 with Bangor’s Mary Kate McDowell third in 4:20.06.

Shani Stallard added to her 200m Individual Medley title from day one with a win in the 100m Individual Medley in a time of 1:03.66, while 2012 Olympian Barry Murphy cruised to victory in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke final.

Murphy clocked a time of 59.87 to take gold ahead of Sean O’Brien (1:05.14) and Darragh Greene (1:05.18).

Both Stallard and Murphy will travel to the European Championships in Denmark in December with Brendan Hyland, who also continued his good form from day one.

Hyland secured his second gold medal of the meet today, this time in the Men’s 200m Butterfly final with a time of 1:59.43.

Curtis Coulter (49.95) won the Men’s 100m Freestyle final, while in the women’s 200m Backstroke final Enniskillen’s Chelsey Wilson was victorious in a time of 2:11.73.

Fourteen-year-old Niamh Kilgallen (33.61) from Claremorris beat off Dearbhail McNamara (33.73) and India McGlynn (33.91) in the 50m Breaststroke final to add to her 100m Breaststroke title.

In tonight’s final events, the 4x100m Freestyle Relays, Ards won the men’s event in a time of 3:27.82 while UCD Women added to yesterday’s relay title winning in 3:51.41.

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