Three days have come and gone at the Irish National Swimming Championships in Dublin and with that time teammates Antoinette Neamt and Brendan Hyland have each collected three national championship titles.
Neamt added a victory in the 400 freestyle to the her wins in the 200 and 800 freestyle on the first two days of competition. The 13 year old who trains at the Swim Ireland Performance Centre took the event in a time of 4:19.03 improving on her lifetime best of 4:21.44 which she recorded in March. Neamt is not finished yet as she will be vying for the titles in both the 200 IM and 1500 freestyle on Sunday.
Hyland collected the crown in the men’s 400 freestyle, in a very tight battle with Irish national record holder Andrew Meegan. Hyland took the event in a time of 3:59.32 followed by Meegan who hit the wall in a time of 3:59.57. Both men were well off Megan’s record of 3:54.11.
Melanie Houghton walked away with her second victory of the championships. Houghton took the women’s 100 freestyle in a time of 57.06, this is just a day after she won the women’s 50 butterfly in a new Irish record time.
On the first day of the competition Curtis Coulter qualified for the Commonwealth Games by leading off his team’s 4 x 100 freestyle relay in a time of 50.32, today he took the 100 freestyle for the second year in a row, posting a time of 50.78.
Fiona Doyle, who trains at the University of Calgary, won the women’s 100 breaststroke with ease, touching over two seconds ahead of the next competitor. Doyle recorded a time of 1:09.96 well off her lifetime best of 1:07.66.
Full Results Day 3
Women 100m Freestyle Final: 1st M Houghton Aer Lingus 57.06 2nd B Carson Lisburn 58.23 3rd J Stallard UCD 58.25
Men 100m Freestyle Final: 1st C Coulter Ards 50.78 2nd D Rapsys Lithuania 51.11 3rd J Sloan Bangor 51.21
Women 100m Breaststroke Final: 1st F Doyle Portmarnock 1:09.97 2nd N Kilgallen Claremorris 1:12.31 3rd D McNamara 1:12.93
Men 100m Breaststroke Final: 1st N Quinn Castlebar 1:02.76 2nd D Sweeney Sundays Well 1:03.95 3rd P Grigaliunas Lithuania 1:04.41
Women 400m Freestyle Final: 1st A Neamt Tallaght 4:19.03 2nd R Bethel Lisburn 4:22.76 3rd T Corry Portmarnock 4:27.85
Men 400m Freestyle Final: 1st B Hyland Tallaght 3:59.32 2nd A Meegan Aer Lingus 3:59.57 3rd B Gibbons Athlone 4:02.78
Women 200m Backstroke Final: 1st D Lowe Aer Lingus 2:14.77 2nd Laoise Fleming Kells 2:20.38 3rdEmma Cassidy Sundays Well 2:21.97
Men 200m Backstroke Final: 1st D Rapsys Lithuania 2:02.22 2nd E Milius Lithuania 2:06.01 3rd B O’Sullivan Galway 2:09.82
Women 4x100m Medley Team Relay: 1st Aer Lingus 4:23.26 2nd Sundays Well 4:40.17 3rd Glenalbyn 4:51.44
Men 4x100m Medley Team Relay: 1st Ards 3:53.27 2nd Bangor 3:59.69 3rd Aer Lingus 4:03.72
European Junior Championships, 9th – 13th July 2014, Dordrecht, Holland
Qualifiers: Dearbhail McNamara (100m & 200m Breaststroke), Niamh Kilgallen (100m & 200m Breaststroke), Gemma Kane (200m Butterfly) Ben Griffin (400m IM)
Commonwealth Games, 23rd July – 4th August, Glasgow, Scotland
Qualifiers (Nomination times): Sycerika McMahon (50m, 100m, 200m Breaststroke, 400m Freestyle, 200m IM), Michael Dawson (50m Breaststroke), Curtis Coulter (100m Freestyle)
*Nomination Time – Equivalent to A Time
**Consideration Time – Equivalent to B Time
IPC European Swimming Championships, 4th – 10th August 2014, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Qualifiers: Ellen Keane (S9 100m Butterfly, 200m IM, SB8 100m Breaststroke), Laurence McGivern (S9 100m Backstroke), Jonathan McGrath (S8 400m Freestyle), Darragh McDonald (S6 400m Freestyle), James Scully (S5 200m Freestyle) Ailbhe Kelly (100m, 400m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke)
European LC Swimming & Open Water Championships, 13th– 24th August 2014, Berlin, Germany
Qualifiers: Brendan Hyland (200m Butterfly), Dan Sweeney (200m Breaststroke) Nicholas Quinn (200m Breaststroke) Barry Murphy (50m Breaststroke) Fiona Doyle (50m, 100m, 200m Breaststroke), Sycerika McMahon (50m, 100m, 200m Breaststroke, 200m IM), Christopher Bryan (Open Water)