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McSharry Stars at Irish Open

Jordan Sloan and Mona McSharry highlighted another night of fast swimming as the Irish Open Swimming Championships continued at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin on Friday.

Sloan, who broke the 200m Freestyle Irish Record Thursday, broke the 100m Record today to take his second individual title of the weekend. The 24 year old broke another Ryan Harrison record from 2009 touching in 49.44 seconds, knocking .05 off the previous record of 49.49.

The delighted Bangor swimmer spoke after the race “I’m chuffed with that, it’s good to see it finally coming together, I knew it’d been there for a while I’m really happy with it. For the 100m (Freestyle) today I wasn’t under any pressure so just let it happen. The 200m Freestyle time was under the Olympic time, a year late, but still really happy.”

Junior Mona McSharry dominated the 100m Breaststroke Final as she crept closer to Fiona Doyle’s Irish Senior Record. McSharry smashed her own junior record of 1:07.75 touching in 1:07.38, well under the consideration time for the World Senior Championships in Budapest in July. Tallaght’s Niamh Coyne was the silver medal winner in 1:11.84. Rio 2016 Olympian Nicholas Quinn won the men’s 100m Breaststroke in 1:01.73 edging UCD’s Darragh Greene (1:01.91) and Bangor’s Jamie Graham (1:02.50).

Danielle Hill added to her 100m Backstroke title with a win in the 100m Freestyle. The 17 year old Larne swimmer touched in 56.93 seconds ahead of Ards’ Bethany Firth (57.19) and visitor Natasha Hofton (57.24) of Stirling University.

Bangor continued their record breaking in today’s men’s 800m Freestyle event. Having won the 400m Relay yesterday, Jack McMillan, Conor Ferguson, David Thompson and Jordan Sloan once again combined for the national title and a new Irish Club Relay Record of 7:32.11. The quartet knocked a massive seven seconds off the previous record held by UCD (7:39.25). In the women’s event Sundays Well of Cork doubled up on their relay medals as well taking gold in 8:50.58 ahead of Limerick (8:51.57) Leander (9:08.21).

The final event of the evening saw Larne’s Conor Brines race to gold in the Men’s 50m Butterfly Final in 24.12 seconds while Stirling’s Lauren Mills touched first in the women’s event in 27.26 with the national title going to Ards’ Emma Reid in 27.31.

Competition continues Saturday through to Sunday.

Full Results Day 2
Men 100m Freestyle Final: 1st J Sloan Bangor 49.44 ISR 2nd C Coulter Ards 50.33 3rd C Bain Stirling 50.91
Women 100m Freestyle Final: 1st D Hill Larne 56.93 2nd B Firth Ards 57.19 3rd N Hofton Stirling 57.24
Men 100m Breaststroke Final: 1st N Quinn Castlebar 1:01.73 2nd D Greene UCD 1:01.91 3rd J Graham Bangor 1:02.50
Women 100m Breaststroke Final: 1st M McSharry Marlins 1:07.38 IJR 2nd N Coyne Tallaght 1:11.84 3rd A Haughey Aer Lingus 1:11.95
Men 400m IM Final: 1st B Griffin Trojan 4:29.41 2nd C McCarthy Mallow 4:33.30 3rd C Melly Castlebar 4:36.01
Women 400m IM Final: 1st S Russell Lurgan 4:53.02 2nd R Reid Ards 4:58.13 3rdA Kane Ards 5:00.35
Men 50m Butterfly Final: 1st C Brines Larne 24.12 2nd C Bain Stirling 24.51 3rd B O’Sullivan NAC 24.82
Women 50m Butterfly Final: 1st L Mills Stirling 27.26 2nd E Reid Ards 27.31 3rd S O’Brien UCD 27.39
Men 4x200m Freestyle Team Relay: 1st Bangor 7:32.11 ISR 2nd Limerick 8:00.50 3rd Lisburn 8:04.50
Women 4x200m Freestyle Team Relay: 1st Sundays Well 8:50.58 2nd Limerick 8:51.57 3rd Leander 9:08.21

Consideration Times Met (selection of athletes for all events will be made at a later date)

European Junior Swimming Championships, 28th June – 2nd July 2017, Herzliya, Israel
Mona McSharry (100 Breast, 100Free, 200 Breast, 50 Free, 200IM), Ellen Walshe (200Fly), Niamh Coyne (100Breast, 200Breast), Rebecca Reid (400 IM), Jack McMillan (200Free), Conor Ferguson (100Back), Robbie Powell (200Free), Rachel Bethel (200Free),

FINA World Diving, Swimming & Open Water Championships, 15th – 30thJuly, Budapest, Hungary
Jordan Sloan (200Free), Mona McSharry (100Breast)

IOC European Youth Olympic Festival, 22nd – 30th July, Gyor, Hungary
Maria Godden (100 Free, 200 Free, 100 Back, 200 Back), Amelia Kane (200 Fly, 400IM), Caoimhe Quinn (200 Fly, 200 Back), Julia Knox (400 IM, 200IM) Mia Davison (100 Breast), Robyn Lynch (200 Fly), Ethan Murtagh (200 Fly), Rebecca Lowe (100 Back, 200 Back), Sean Scannell (200 Back), Scarlett Armstrong (200 Back), Cara Osing (400 Free), Naomi Trait (200Free), Sean McNicholl (100Back), Daniel Wiffen (1500Free), Ellie McKibbin (200Fly), Shannon Russell (200Fly, 200Free, 100Breast, 400IM), Isabelle Gibbs (100Back)

World University Games, 20th – 27th August, Taipei, Chinese Taipei
Rory McEvoy (50 Back), Conor Brines (50 Fly), Darragh Greene (50Breast), Jordan Sloan (200Free, 100Free), Brendan Hyland (200Fly)

World Junior Swimming Championships, 23rd – 28th August, Indianapolis, USA
Mona McSharry (100 Breast, 200 Breast), Ellen Walshe (200Fly), Niamh Coyne (100Breast), Conor Ferguson (100Back)

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