August 09, 2018

There was disappointment for Irish athletes as Ireland’s most successful European Championships in swimming and diving came to a close in Glasgow and Edinburgh today.

Ireland’s 400m Medley Relay team of Conor Ferguson, Darragh Greene, Brendan Hyland and Shane Ryan came agonisingly close to the final, but a takeover error meant a disqualification for the quartet who would have placed eighth. The time posted of 3:36.36 would have secured that final place and a new Irish Senior Record.

Speaking after the team commented ‘We’re very disappointed, we went out and swam our best this morning, put 100% effort in to it. We’ll take what we can from it, learn from it and we’ll be back for World Championships next year”.

In Edinburgh, Oliver Dingley was forced to withdraw from the 3M Preliminaries, the Olympic and his main event, after illness this week. The 25-year-old had placed 4th in the 1M earlier this week and has had a very successful year on the 3M so far, he had high hopes for today’s event.

Following Ireland’s most successful week ever at a European Championships which included a Bronze medal for Shane Ryan, three finals, ten semi-finals, five Irish Senior Records and three Irish Junior Records Swim Ireland National Performance Director Jon Rudd commented “It’s been bitter-sweet today with a wonderful relay performance that would have seen us into a major final being nullified through the takeover disqualification. But we know now what these boys can do and that’s exciting ahead of next season and a chance to qualify this relay for the Olympic Games. With twelve second swims at a Championships of this standard and so many swims being lifetime bests, we’ve set ourselves a new default. We’ve said that it’s about delivering on the day that matters – and we can do it – and we’ll continue to do it”

On the diving, Rudd was to say “Tanya Watson has shown us what bright, young and confident talent can achieve and we’re thrilled with her finalist position in the Platform event. It is of course disappointing that Ollie could not compete today, but the right decision was made around his health and a with big season ahead and we can take solace in his great performances in the 1m earlier in the week”

Swimmers and Divers now have a three week break before returning to training in September, with just seven months to World Championship trials.