Teenage swimmers Nicole Turner and Barry McClements concluded the third leg of the Para Swimming World Series for the Irish team, with a sixth and seventh place finish in their respective 400m Freestyle finals this evening in Sheffield.
Fourteen-year-old Turner who won a bronze medal in the 50m Butterfly final last night raced solidly in the 400m Freestyle heats this morning to advance to this evening’s final in which she completed the distance in a time of 5:57.97.
Team mate McClements who swims with the Ards club qualified for the final ranked eighth on points and improved that by one place in the final in a time of 4:38.15. Earlier today Longford’s Patrick Flanagan concluded his meet with a 5:58.38 in the heats of the 400m Freestyle which wasn’t enough to advance to the finals.
Paralympic bronze medallist Ellen Keane concluded her meet yesterday with a particularly satisfying new personal best in the final of the 100m Butterfly. McClements also leaves Sheffield delighted with a new best time in the same event.
The World Series takes in some of the biggest Para swimming competitions around the world ahead of the 2017 World Para Swimming Championships in Mexico City in September. It is the first time such a series has been run and has been widely welcomed as it gives swimmers several chances for the best of international competition.
Sheffield was the third of five events in the series and by far the most competitive to date with over 300 swimmers from 20 countries competing. Keane will be the sole Irish swimmer racing at the next leg in the USA in June with a full Irish team headed for the final meet of the Series in July. Prior to that they will race in several domestic competitions and travel overseas for a warm weather training camp.
DAY 4 RESULTS
400m Freestyle, 6th in final in 5:57.97
400m Freestyle, 7th in final in 4:38.15
400m Freestyle, 5:58.38, did not advance to final