By John Kenny at the National Aquatic Centre
Antoinette Neamt is fast becoming the big news story of the 2014 Irish Swimming Championships at the National Aquatic Centre as she won her third title of the week on the penultimate night of competition.
The 13-year-old Tallaght swimmer, who trains at the NAC, won the 400m freestyle title to add to her two other gold medals already won this week, winning the 400m crown in 4.19.03.
Neamt has dipped under the qualifying standard for the upcoming European Championships in August, but she’s still two years too young for consideration for the Euros.
Her star continues to rise through and she is, at present, one of the fastest swimmers in the world in her age group.
The men’s 400m freestyle title went to fellow Tallaght swimmer Brendan Hyland who will be at the Europeans in Berlin later this summer having already pre qualified.
Hyland won in a time of 3.59.32, that after a smashing race as he just held off Irish record holder Andrew Meegan to the touch.
The women’s 100m freestyle gold went to 28-year-old Melanie Houghton who is Australian born, but who is now living and training with Paul Donovan at the NAC under an Irish passport.
Houghton won the 50m butterfly title on Friday and twice broke the Irish record.
Today she won the 100m freestyle gold medal in 57.06.
The men’s 100m freestyle title went to Ards swimmer Curtis Coulter in 50.78 seconds.
Ninteen-year-old Curtis will swim for Northern Ireland in the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
As expected Dubliner Fiona Doyle added the 100m breastroke title to the 50m title she won on Thursday. It was an easy win in 1.09.97, while the men’s title went to Castlebar’s Nicholas Quinn in a respectable 62.76 seconds.