Successful middle days of National Youth & Open meet
After a strong Day 1 performance for the Templeogue TEAM, day 2 opened with the 100FC with the first on the block seeing Daniel McGrane-Maher demolish his PB with a 1:00.93 swim in his event, followed in the next heat by Graham Field beating his PB with a 59.8 and Oisin Phelan also beating his PB with 1:00.73 and Brian Feighan setting a seasons best of 1:00.2. Later in the event and fresh from his 100% PB run to date Tiarnan Murphy maintained his PB streak with a 57.52, whilst Shane Faul also delivered a seasons best swim in a 56.35. The final TSC athlete on the blocks was John Martin, who finished outside his best with a 56.16 effort. in the final of this Mens event we watched the first sub 50Second LC swim in Ireland being delivered by Boris Steimetz of France.
Our girls in the next event kicked off with Saoirse Bryson, making a further improvement on the PB set at Irish Age Groups with a 1:06.32 swim, whilst Eva Barrett was marginally outside her best with a 1:06.4 swim. Ann-Marie Finn also swam a PB with a 1:04.01 swim which qualified her for the 16Yr old girls final where she further improved her PB with a 1:03.0 finishing in 8th place. Alison O’Driscoll equalled her seasons best swim with Ciara Robinson just outside her best in her swim, having been ill for day 1 of the meet. Dayna Clegg was also short of her best effort as she posted a solid swim, while Grace Branagan and Niamh Murphy swam strongly in the heats and both qualified for their respective finals. In the finals session Branagan was delighted to swim her first ever sub-60 with a bronze medal swim in a 59.7 effort, while Niamh Murphy swam the 2nd fastest swim of her life to finish in the Silver medal position with a 58.29 swim.
Next on the block saw Niamh Bryson swim the 100BS with a solid heat swim, but she returned in the PM to equal her best effort, and win her event with a 1:15.35, over 3 seconds ahead of the next best 15Yr old, faster than the 16Yr olds and actually the fastest Irish competitor in the event. Bryson joined both Dayna Clegg and Anne-Marie Finn in the 400IM, with all 3 girls making finals and delivering second swims in the evening. Clegg won her 15Yr old event with Bryson in the silver medal position, while Finn finished in 6th in her event, for 16Yr old girls.
In the mens 50BF, Salim Sebaoui qualified for the semi-final, whilst John Martin was just outside the semis with his effort. Sebaoui returned for the finals session, but missed out on making the finals in a tough international field. Grace Branagan also made swam in this event but failed to make the Semi-Final. In the Final event of Day 2, the 800FTR TEAM TSC were represented well with Oisin Phelan, Conor Doyle, Michael Devitt and Daniel McGrane-Maher delivering a good heat swim, where Phelan set a new PB in the lead-off leg. The Junior boys of Martin, Field, Feighan and Murphy delivered a very soft heat swim, qualified for the final but were beaten in to 4th place in the final swim, where Murphy lead-off with another PB swim of 2:02.02.
In the Girls event Alison O’Driscoll, Dayna Clegg, Niamh Bryson and Ann-Marie Finn also qualified comfortably as the fastest team for the Junior Girls final but were narrowly beaten to the Silver medal position but delivered a strong final performance.
On the third day of the meet Eva Barrett opened the TEAM’s account with a strong effort in the 50BC, qualifying for the Semi-final this evening but missed out on qualifying for the final. Salim Sebaoui also swam the spring BC event, but also missed out on making the final. In the 400FC, Barrett returned again to the pool, but was again outside her best but with a well paced swim. Anne-Marie Finn was delighted with her new PB effort in the Heats and a further improvement in her final to finish agonisingly close to the medals being touched out for the bronze by 0.3, while Dayna Clegg, having comfortably qualified in the morning heats, swam strongly in to the Silver medal position in her 15Yrold Final.
In the boys event, Conor Doyle showed the value in continuing to train post-IAG’s by taking a further 4 seconds off his best time with a new PB of 4:46. He was followed in the next heat by Jonah Clegg and Michael Devitt, where Clegg was just outside his best while Devitt was delighted by his second PB of the weekend. Graham Field and Brian Feighan both set Seasons best times in their respective heats, while John Martin delivered, arguably his best swim of the meet with a solid effort but outside his best time. In the final heat of the event, Tiarnan Murphy continued his attack on his PB’s setting another new best time, qualifying for the final in his Age group finishing in 6th place in the overall final.
Ciara Robinson was pleased with her heat swim effort in the 100BF, setting the second fastest swim of her career, but qualifying for the final in her Age where tonight she demolisheed her best with a new PB of 1:11.49 and finishing in 5th place. Salim Sebaoui also swam close to his best in the mens event but failed to progress to the finals. After a strong morning, the 200BC delivered some great results with Ciara Robinson close to her best as she backed up her excellent BF swim, whilst Dayna Clegg qualified for the final in the 15Yrs event, finishing in the Gold medal position for the 2nd time this weekend and a very good time. Eva Barrett also swam in the 15Yr old event, but her swim was outside her PB.
In the boys event, Tiarnan Murphy and Graham Field were both qualified for the finals with Murphy demolishing his PB in the heats and Field setting a new PB in the final to finish in the Bronze medal position on the night, with Murphy in 4th place. The Girls TEAM fiishing the night with another GOLD medal performance in the Junior relay with Clegg, Bryson, Robinson and Finn getting the touch in a tight race. The boys of Murphy, Martin, Field and Feighan were again 4th in their MTR effort but considerably faster than the morning heats.
Final Day of the competition tomorrow as the World Championships Dives in tonight.
Another Great day for the TEAM!.