August 05, 2018

Irish swimmers Conor Ferguson, Shane Ryan and Darragh Greene bowed out after the semi-finals of the 100m Backstroke and 200m Breaststroke respectively at the European Championships in Glasgow this evening.

Another impressive performance from 18-year-old Conor Ferguson saw him break a two-year-old Irish Junior Record in the 100m Backstroke semi-final to finish in 9th place overall. The National Centre Dublin swimmer had lowered the 50m Backstroke record twice on Friday, finishing 9th in that event also. Ferguson touched in 54.38 to knock .03 off his own 2016 best time of 54.41. 50m Backstroke Bronze medallist Shane Ryan touched in 54.79. With the team yet to be confirmed, Ferguson and Ryan could be back in action on Thursday as part of the Men’s 400m Medley Relay.

In a stacked 200m Breaststroke Semi-Final, Darragh Greene clocked 2:11.36, his third fastest time in the event. European breaststroke is renowned as the strongest continent in male breaststroke and by some margin and most of the semi-finalists in this event this evening will be those we will expect to see in the equivalent semi-finals in the World Championships next summer. The positive news for Greene is that his time in the heats this morning would have qualified him for any Olympic semi-final in non-suited history thus far.

National Performance Director Jon Rudd said, “We’re all happy and yet a little frustrated at the same time tonight. Conor’s swim is very positive for him, shifting his lifetime best after a two-year period and doing it in a senior major semi-final at that. With the top eight making the final, we’ve had four 9th places now and we’ve therefore been fractions away from another four finals here in only the first three days of the meet. However, ten second or third swims so far in semis, swim-offs or finals is wonderful for an Irish swimming team and with four days still to go, we’ve certainly still got some exciting swims to come.”

Tomorrow will see Bangor’s Jordan Sloan return to the pool for his main event, the 200m Freestyle while Calum Bain will make his Championship debut in the 50m Butterfly as he warms up for his main event, the 50m Freestyle.

LEN European Swimming & Diving Championships, 2nd - 12th August 2018, Glasgow, Scotland:

Results Day 3 Heats:

100m Backstroke

Shane Ryan

H 54.67 (13th)

SF 54.79 (15th)

 

Conor Ferguson

H 54.61 (10th)

SF 54.38 (9th) IJR

200m Breaststroke

Darragh Greene

H 2:11.22 (8th)

SF 2:11.36 (13th)

 

Day 4 Schedule:

200m Freestyle

Jordan Sloan

50m Butterfly

Calum Bain