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McSharry Smashes Irish Record to Secure Final Place; Ryan 6th in Backstroke Final in Irish Record Time

Mona McSharry after qualifying for the Final of the 100m Breaststroke in a new Irish Senior Record at the European Short Course Championships in Glasgow. Photo Credit: David Kiberd.

100m Breaststroke Semi-Final

Ireland’s Mona McSharry had the race of her life in tonight’s 100m Breaststroke Semi-Final at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Glasgow, the 50m Breaststroke Bronze Medallist from Wednesday further announcing her arrival in senior international swimming with an outstanding swim to qualify in first position for tomorrow’s Final.

McSharry took on the race with power and intent leading from start to finish to top the rankings in a new Irish Record of 1:04.36. It was the Ballyshannon Marlins’ swimmer’s first time under the 65 second mark with the previous record, (McSharry’s from the 2017 edition of this event), standing at 1:05.01.

McSharry will take the centre lane for tomorrow’s 5.15pm Final, with Italy’s Martina Carraro (1:04.63) and Finland’s Jenna Laukkenen (1:04.97) either side of her.

Niamh Coyne impressed on her first outing in a senior international semi-final, swimming next to McSharry, she touched just on the best time she had set this morning in 1:06.16 finishing in 14th place overall.

Men’s 100m Backstroke Final

In the Men’s 100m Backstroke Final Shane Ryan swam a new Irish Senior Record of 50.42 to finish in 6th place overall. The swim was the 25-year-olds first senior international final in an Olympic distance, and this bodes well for an Olympic year almost upon us. Ryan had progressed to the Final with an Irish Record in the heats of 50.45 and a time of 50.48 in the semi-final.

Russia’s Kliment Koleshnikov took the gold medal in the 100m Backstroke in 49.09.

Ireland will have another busy day on Saturday with eight individual appearances and a relay swim. Danielle Hill will look to lower her 50m Backstroke Irish Record, whilst Curtis Coulter, Jack McMillan, Robbie Powell and Jordan Sloan all swim the 100m Freestyle. Maria Godden competes in the 200m Freestyle and Amelia Kane and Molly Mayne in the 200m Individual Medley. Ireland also have a team entered in the Mixed 4x50m Freestyle Relay.

2019 LEN European SC Swimming Championships (Glasgow)

Day 3 – Friday 6th December l Results

Women 100m Breaststroke Niamh Coyne 1:06.12 SF 1:06.16
Molly Mayne 1:09.36
Mona McSharry 1:05.50 SF 1:04.36 ISR
Men 50m Freestyle Curtis Coulter 22.68
Men 100m Breaststroke Eoin Corby 59.63 IJR
Liam Doyle 1:01.12
Darragh Greene 59.11
Women 200m Butterfly Amelia Kane 2:14.38
Men 200m IM Brendan Hyland 1:58.12
Jack McMillan 2:01.40
Cillian Melly 2:01.14
Men’s 100m Backstroke Shane Ryan 50.45 SF 50.48 50.42 ISR


Day 4 – Saturday 7th December l Heats Schedule

Women 50m Backstroke Heats Danielle Hill
Men 100m Freestyle Heats Curtis Coulter
Jack McMillan
Robbie Powell
Jordan Sloan
Women 200m Freestyle Heats Maria Godden
Women 200m Individual Medley Heats Amelia Kane
Molly Mayne
Mixed 4x50m Freestyle Relay Heats Ireland