Review: Swimming Championships Day 2

Updated: Saturday, 23 Feb 2013 19:07

On Day 2 at the Dave McCullagh Memorial Gala at University Arena, Limerick, Barry Murphy picked up his second gold medal of the meet, winning the 50m butterfly final in 24.99. 

Murphy’s NAC High Performance Centre team-mate Brendan Hyland was second in 25.23, equalling the Irish junior record held by Conor Leaney.

In the women’s event, UCD’s Shauna O’Brien touched in 28.20 to claim gold ahead of Lisburn ASC's Bethany Carson (28.57) and Jane Roberts (28.72) of Kilkenny SC.

Roberts went on to win the women’s 100m backstroke final, her time of 1:04.67 saw her home in front of Emma Cassidy (1:06.05) and Laoise Fleming (1:06.41).

Sycerika McMahon continued to dominate the women’s events, winning three more gold medals to bring her tally to seven Irish titles.

The Leander swimmer won the 200m freestyle (2:03.41), 200m Breaststroke (2:34.32) and 800m Freestyle (8:58.54).

Twelve-year-old Antoinette Neamt (9:00.65) was the silver medallist in the 800m freestyle final, the Tallaght swimmer putting in an impressive performance to finish just behind McMahon and 15 seconds ahead of third-placed Therese Corry (9:15.67) from Portmarnock.

The ladies from UCD picked up their second relay title and Irish record of the weekend in the 4x100m freestyle relay.

The quartet of Shauna O’Brien, India McGlynn, Shani Stallard and Aisling Cooney knocked over three seconds off the previous record held by Kilkenny and finished in 3:56.77 ahead of Aer Lingus (4:08.95) and Tallaght (4:14.24).

The men from Aer Lingus were victorious in the 4x200m freestyle relay, they finished in 8:07.29 touching ahead of Ennis (8:26.42) and Ards (9:10.10).

There were a number of Junior qualifiers for Summer meets as Mary Kate McDowell (200m freestyle) and Dearbhail McNamara (200m breaststroke) went under European Junior qualification times and Rachel Bethel (200 freestyle) and Niamh Kilgallon (200m breaststroke) hit European Youth Olympic Festival times.