McSharry and Ferguson Advance to Finals in Indianapolis

After their medal winning performances last night Mona McSharry and Conor Ferguson continued their fine form qualifying for the finals of the 100m Breaststroke and 50m Backstroke at the World Junior Championships.

McSharry was one of only two swimmers under 1:08 in the morning heats of the 100m Breaststroke where she progressed in 1:07.79 as top seed. Swimming in the second semi-final tonight McSharry was the first swimmer home in the exact same time as her heat swim, she goes into tomorrow’s final in second place behind Canada’s Faith Knelson who won the first semi-final in 1:07.51.

Last night’s 100m Backstroke silver medallist Conor Ferguson won his heat of the 50m Backstroke in 25.61 seconds advancing to the semi-final in fourth place. Ferguson was just one hundredth of a second off that time in the semi-final clocking 25.62 seconds to progress to tomorrow’s final in fifth place. USA’s Michael Andrew, who set a new World Junior Record of 24.63 seconds is the heats, will be the top seed for tomorrow’s final in 24.67.

Niamh Coyne had a drama filled morning as she finished tied in 16th place in 1:10.88 in the 100m Breaststroke. Coyne went forward at the end of the session to a swim off against Belgium’s Anke Geeroms where she stormed to victory in 1:09.67, her first time under 1 minute 10 seconds. In tonight’s semi-final Coyne was under 1:10 once again touching fifth in her semi-final and moving six places up the rankings for tenth overall in 1:09.83.

At World Junior Championships heats tomorrow Robbie Powell swims the 50m Butterfly and Ellen Walshe the 200m Individual Medley,  while just one race remains at the World University Games as Ireland’s Medley Relay take to the pool.

World Junior Championships

Day 3 Results

Friday 25th August

50m Butterfly                     Ellen Walshe                       H 28.23 (25th)

50m Backstroke                Conor Ferguson                  H 25.61 (4th)                        SF 25.62 (5th)

100m Breaststroke            Mona McSharry                 H 1:07.79 (1st)                     SF 1:07.79 (2nd)

Niamh Coyne                      H 1:10.61 (16th) SO 1:09.67SF 1:09.83 (10th)

50m Freestyle                    Robbie Powell                     H 23.34 (21st) 

Day 4 Schedule  

Saturday 26th August (Heats 2.30pm/Finals 11pm)

50m Butterfly                      Robbie Powell

200m IM                               Ellen Walshe

50m Backstroke Final        Conor Ferguson

100m Breaststroke Final   Mona McSharry


World University Games

Day 6 Results

50m Breaststroke              Darragh Greene                  H 27.87 (7th)      SF 27.85 (8th)    F 27.76 (6th)

50m Freestyle                    Calum Bain                          H 22.78 (22nd)

3M Springboard                 Natasha MacManus           P 217.85 (26th)

Day 7 Schedule (Heats 2am/Finals 12pm)

400m Medley Relay          Ireland


WUG Results/Schedule: Click HERE (Heats 2am/Finals 12pm)

WJC Results/Schedule: Click HERE (Heats 2.30pm/Finals 11pm)

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