August 03, 2018

Irish swimmers got the Glasgow 2018 European Championships underway this morning with impressive performances across the board including three semi-finalist places, three Irish senior and a junior record and a European top time from Shane Ryan. 

Ryan smashed his Irish Senior 50m Backstroke record in this morning’s heats to post the third fastest time in the World in the event this year, with only two Americans being faster. The 24-year-old topped the preliminaries in 24.32 seconds, taking four tenths of a second off his previous best of 24.72.

Speaking after the race Ryan commented ‘I executed the race as I was supposed to, I was really happy with it, with the time, I had good competitors, I’ve just got to go back tonight and swim faster and just get in a lane for finals’

18-year-old Conor Ferguson also secured a semi-final place in the 50m Backstroke. The National Centre Dublin swimmer broke his own Irish Junior Record to finish 4th in his heat and advance in 11th overall in 25.08, Ferguson knocked .16 off his best time of 25.24.

Ryan will take a centre lane in this evening’s second semi-final at 5.25 pm with Ferguson swimming in the first semi-final.

The records continued to roll in when Darragh Greene took to the pool for the 100m Breaststroke heats. In a stacked field Greene swam to a new Irish best of 1:00.20 taking one hundredth of a second off his Irish record from April this year (1:00.21).

Commenting after the race Greene said ‘I’m delighted to get back, my main focus was just to get back and to have a pb is more than that so I’m delighted overall. This morning I wasn’t happy with my turn or breakouts so it cost me a good bit, it’s good to have that mistake and still get a pb from it so I know what to work on this evening.’

Greene advanced in 11th place with Olympic and World Champion Adam Peaty leading the field in 57.89. The National Centre Dublin swimmer competes in this evening’s second semi-final at 5.39pm. 


Alex Murphy swimming the same heat as Greene touched in 1:02.49.

Ireland’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay of Ryan, David Thompson, Jordan Sloan and Robbie Powell completed the morning with a third Irish Senior Record. The quartet took almost two seconds off the 2017 record (3:19.39) with Powell taking them home in 3:17.55 to finish fourth in their heat and twelfth overall. 

A further press releases will issue following this evening’s semi-finals.

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

Results Day 1 Heats:

Mens 50m Backstroke

Shane Ryan

H 24.32 ISR

 

Conor Ferguson

H 25.08 IJR

Mens 100m Breaststroke

Darragh Greene

H 1:00.20 ISR

 

Alex Murphy

H 1:02.49

Mens 4x100m Freestyle Relay

Ireland

H 3:17.55 ISR

 

Schedule Day 1 Semi-Finals:

Mens 50m Backstroke

Shane Ryan

5.25pm

 

Conor Ferguson

5.25pm

Mens 100m Breaststroke

Darragh Greene

5.39pm