Wednesday 21 February 2018

McNamara (16) hits heights to seal Euros berth

Dearbhail McNamara
Dearbhail McNamara

Mark O'Driscoll

Dearbhail McNamara announced herself as one of the rising prospects on the Irish scene when she qualified for the European senior long course championships this summer.

The 16-year-old won the national title in the 200m breaststroke on the final night of competition at the Irish long course championships in the National Aquatic Centre, clocking a personal best of 2:32.95.

The Westport Swimming Club teenager had qualified earlier this year for the European Junior Championships and in last night's final took overall silver behind Britain's Danielle Lowe, in 2:30.81 to make the senior time and become Ireland's youngest squad member on the team of eight heading to Berlin.

Dan Sweeney pipped Nicholas Quinn in an exciting men's final, getting the touch in 2:17.20.

Antoinette Neamt cruised to her fourth Irish title in as many days in the women's 1,500m freestyle, winning by over a minute.

Brendan Hyland (19) also picked up his fourth title, taking the 100m butterfly.

Jordan Sloan of Bangor won the men's event in a Commonwealth Games nomination time of 26.36.

In the championships final event Curtis Coulter and Melanie Houghton added to their 100m freestyle titles with wins in the 50m freestyle final.

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