August 06, 2018

Irish divers Oliver Dingley and Jack Ffrench will get their European Championships underway in Edinburgh tomorrow as both take to the boards for the 1m Springboard Preliminaries.

Twenty-three nations will compete in thirteen diving events at the Royal Commonwealth Pool over the next six days. Tomorrow’s 1M Springboard will have 27 competitors including Rio 2016 3M silver medallist Jack Laugher of Great Britain.

Rio 2016 Olympian Dingley will be confident going into tomorrow’s event, the 25-year-old has had a great year so far finishing 7th at the FINA World Cup in June and securing a place on the exclusive 2019 FINA Diving World Series (3M), reserved for the top 8 divers in the world.  In the 1M event Dingley set an Irish Record of 4:02.50 at the Senet Cup in February.

Ffrench will be competing in his third European Championships and has had a good run in a number of national events so far this year with a season best 299 points at the British Championships in January.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s event Diving National Head Coach Damian Ball commented “Men’s springboard diving in Europe is certainly a big deal, Russia, Germany and Great Britain have some of the best springboarders in the World, so tomorrow is going to be a tough day for sure. The Irish lads are in good spirits, training well and are most certainly up for the fight. All we can do now is focus on our own game and see who comes out on top at the end.”

In Glasgow today, Jordan Sloan touched in 1:50.76 in the 200m Freestyle while Calum Bain made his Championship debut in the 50m Butterfly clocking 24.93.

Darragh Greene and Alex Murphy return to the pool for the 50m Breaststroke heats tomorrow while Niamh Kilgallen makes her senior international debut for Ireland in the 200m Individual Medley.

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

Results Day 4 Heats:

200m Freestyle

Jordan Sloan

1:50.76

50m Butterfly

Calum Bain

24.93


Day 5 Schedule (9am swimming, 9.30am diving):

Mens 50m Breaststroke Heats

Darragh Greene, Alex Murphy

Womens 200m IM

Niamh Kilgallen

Men 1M Springboard

Oliver Dingley, Jack Ffrench