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Ards pair clinch spot on plane to Commonwealth Games

By David Kelly

Northern Ireland's Commonwealth Games swimming team tripled in the space of an hour at the Irish long course championships in Dublin's National Aquatic Centre last night.

Sycerika McMahon had already booked her spot in Glasgow and she will now be joined on the plane by Ards pair Michael Dawson and Curtis Coulter.

Dawson touched in 29.01 in the semi-finals of the 50m breaststroke to record his nomination time before going on to take bronze in the final, tied with Dan Sweeney in 29.54. Gold went to Olympian Barry Murphy in 28.14.

Then Coulter stepped onto the blocks for the first leg of the men's 4x100m freestyle relay for Ards and his time of 50.32 was also a nomination mark and helped his club to gold in 3:31.25 ahead of Bangor in 3:35.35. The other three members of the Ards quartet were Matthew Scott, Conor Munn and James Brown.

Bangor's Jordan Sloan took gold in the 200m freestyle.

Results: Men 1500m Freestyle Final: 1st A Meegan Aer Lingus 15:54.70 2nd B Gibbons Athlone 15:55.85 3rd C Bryan Ennis 16:14.24

Women 800m Freestyle Final: 1st A Neamt Tallaght 8:46.23 2nd T Corry Portmarnock 9:11.09 3rd A Berry Aer Lingus 9:24.57

Men 200m Freestyle Final: 1st D Rapsys Lithuania 1:50.41 2nd P Strazdas Lithuania 1:51.07 3rd J Sloan Bangor 1:51.67

Women 200m Freestyle Final: 1st A Neamt Tallaght 2:03.66 2nd R Bethel Lisburn 2:05.17 3rd D Lowe Aer Lingus 2:05.44

Men 200m Butterfly Final: 1st B Hyland Tallaght 1:58.68 2nd C Duffy Galway 2:04.34 3rd B Griffin Aer Lingus 2:06.65

Women 200m Butterfly Final: 1st C Flood Tallaght 2:17.07 2nd S Kelly Claremorris 2:20.58 3rd G Kane Bangor 2:20.88

Men 50m Breaststroke Final: 1st B Murphy Aer Lingus 28.14 2nd N Quinn Castlebar 29.23 3rd M Dawson Ards 29.24

Women 50m Breaststroke Final: 1st F Doyle Portmarnock 31.71 2nd D Lowe Aer Lingus 32.41 3rd G Kane Bangor 33.49

Men 4x100m Freestyle Team Relay: 1st Ards 3:31.25 2nd Bangor 3:35.35 3rd Ennis 3:36.21

Women 4x100m Freestyle Team Relay: 1st Aer Lingus 4:00.51 2nd Sundays Well 4:08.75 3rd Larne 4:13.35.

* Michael Phelps marked his return to competitive swimming by posting the quickest time in qualifying for the men's 100 metre butterfly at the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa, Arizona.

The 28-year-old laid down the marker for rival Ryan Lochte with a time of 52.84 seconds.

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