Friday 24 November 2017

O'Sullivan grabs gold

SWIMMING: Niamh O'Sullivan scooped her second gold at the National Short Course Championships at Leisureland, Galway, last night, WRITES MARK O'DRISCOLL.

Kerry woman O'Sullivan, who claimed the 800m freestyle title on Thursday night, was once again out on her own in the 400m free as she cruised home in 4:18.35, ahead of Shauna O'Brien, 4:26.30.

There was also double joy for Dan Sweeney, who, in the absence of Olympian Andrew Bree, claimed the 200m breaststroke title, having won over the 50m distance on the opening night.

The 17-year-old showed the stamina to go with his explosive power to take the gold in 2:22.01, four tenths ahead of Nicholas Quinn, with bronze going to Ed O'Neill.

There was an eye-catching performance from 16-year-old Catrina English in the women's 200m breaststroke as she finished seven seconds ahead of her rivals, clocking 2:33.85.

English left northerner Alison Todd, seven years her senior, in her wake with 14-year-old Niamh Bryson (2:42.45), adding bronze to her opening night gold.

Another up and coming swimmer Curtis Coulter, came up with a strong performance in the 400m freestyle, winning in 4:02.31, just ahead of Conor Turner (4:02.70).

The 16-year-old from the Ards club in Co Down, where Bree cut his teeth, won silver at the British Youth championships in the summer, despite being the youngest competitor and is seen by many as a future star of the sport.

Aisling Cooney helped her club ESB to victory in the women's 4x200m freestyle relay in 8:32.38.

The other members of the team were Emma McShane, India McGlynn and Gillian Gavaghan.

Irish Independent

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