Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 3 September 2014

Sycerika McMahon completes her amazing Ulster gold rush

Sycerika McMahon walked away from the Bloomfield Ulster Open championships at the Lagan Valley Leisureplex having bagged an incredible individual championship tally of 12 golds and two silvers.

Having already won nine golds and a silver in the first two days of competition, the 15-year-old sensation continued her gold rush in the 400m individual medley, winning in 4:54.77.

Then came the 200m freestyle and gold in 2:01.41 with nearest rival Katie Reid of Lisburn back in 2:05.98 before a third gold yesterday in the 50m breaststroke in 32.24, well ahead of Caroline Gordon, 34.20. Silver came in the 100m butterfly behind Lisburn's Bethany Carson.

McMahon said: “I'm really pleased with my performances. It ends what has been a great year for me. The highlights were the European junior bronze medal and making a Commonwealth Games final. Now I'm really excited looking ahead to the New Year, I've got the European juniors again and I'll be giving that my best shot. I've also got my GCSEs so it's a case of balancing school work and my swimming but it seems to be going okay.”

Meanwhile, her clubmate Connor Donnelly set a new Ulster senior record in the men's 200m butterfly, clocking 2:03.91 ahead of David Graham of Ards, 2:05.28. Donnelly, who broke the five-year-old record of Shane McCauley, also took 400m freestyle gold in 4:00.64. Conor Leaney, second to Donnelly in the 400m free, won the 50m free in 23.98.

Bangor's Jordan Sloan set a new Ulster junior record of 58.06 to win the 100m backstroke ahead of team-mate Luke Campbell, 58.92.

Commonwealth Games swimmer Chelsey Wilson of Enniskillen took gold in the 100m backstroke in 1:02.76, well ahead of Katie Reid, 1:05.37.

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