Three podium finishes for Brian

ARDEE swimmer Brian O’Sullivan enjoyed a successful spell at the Dave McCullagh Memorial event in Limerick two weeks ago, finishing with three podium finishes in three events.

ARDEE swimmer Brian O’Sullivan enjoyed a successful spell at the Dave McCullagh Memorial event in Limerick two weeks ago, finishing with three podium finishes in three events.

This meeting was the first National Long Course swimming competition of 2013 and it was attended by most of the country’s top swimmers.

Representing Aura Dundalk Swimming Club over the three days of competition, Brian started off with the 100m freestyle event on the Friday.

He was the fastest qualifier from the heats in the afternoon but was just pipped for gold in the final that night where he swam a very impressive time of 52.45 seconds.

On Saturday morning Brian entered the 200m freestyle heats and qualified for the final later that evening. This time he went one step better and took the gold, becoming the 200m freestyle champion for the meet having beaten an exceptionally strong line up which included many of Ireland’s very best swimmers.

On the final day of the meeting, on Sunday, Brian took home a bronze medal from the 200m backcrawl event after swimming a new Personal Best of 2 minutes 11.29 seconds.

The 18-year-old Dundalk Grammar School student will sit his Leaving Cert in June of this year but in the meantime he will continue his swimming training at Aura Leisure Centre as a member of the Dundalk Swimming Club ADSC as he prepares for the forthcoming Long Course National Swimming Championships which will be held at NAC towards the end of April.