April 06, 2018
Brendan Hyland and Jordan Sloan added their names to the growing list of swimmers with consideration times for the European Championships today joining Darragh Greene, Shane Ryan, Mona McSharry and Conor Ferguson for the August event.
Hyland was the star of the show in Dublin as the National Centre Dublin swimmer cracked the 1.58 mark in the 200m Butterfly Final. Hyland broke his own record of 1:58.08 by over half a second in 1:57.44 and won his sixth consecutive 200m Butterfly Title. The delighted 23-year-old commented ‘Usually I’m quite excited by something like this but today I’m just so relieved, I’m always really nervous. I said to my coach if I could get down to 1.57 low for this season it would be a success, we’re there now so I’ll keep pushing on.”
Jordan Sloan, swimming at the Commonwealth Games overnight also hit the European Championships consideration in the 200m Freestyle. Sloan missed out on the final of the event by just .08 in 1:48.16.
Darragh Greene continued to dominate the Breaststroke events with his third win coming in the 50m Final today. Greene held off his National Centre Dublin team mate Alex Murphy (27.56) to top the podium for the third time this week in 27.44.
Mona McSharry collected her second and third golds of the meet in the 100m Freestyle and 50m Breaststroke. McSharry, who won the 100m Breaststroke earlier in the week, was the first Irish swimmer home in the 100m Freestyle in 56.85 going on to win the 50m Breaststroke Final just a short time later in 31.45.
Ellen Walshe retained her 200m Butterfly National Title for the third year with a time of 2:15.93, and was under the consideration time for the European Junior Championships. Also adding his name to the European Junior Championships list was Cadan McCarthy, who was crowned 400m Individual Medley Champion in 4:32.11.
Finn McGeever claimed his first Irish Title cruising to gold in 8:23.90 ahead of Daniel Wiffen (8.31.36) and Andrew Meegan (8:45.68) while NCSA’s Brendan Driscoll took commemorative gold in 8:12.13.
Aer Lingus’ Lara McEvoy, Caitriona Finlay, Sophie Hayman and Hannah McMenamin combined to win the 800m Freestyle Relay Final in 8:49.94.
At the Commonwealth Games today, Northern Ireland had a number of finalists in action. Conor Ferguson was 8th in the 100m Backstroke Final in 55.01. Barry McClements touched 7th in the S9 100m Freestyle in 1:00.34. Jordan Sloan, David Thompson, Calum Bain and Curtis Coulter combined for a 7th place finish in the 400m Freestyle Relay in 3:20.03. Danielle Hill progressed to semi-finals in both the 50m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke, the Larne swimmer making it through to tomorrow’s final in the 50m Freestyle in 8th place in 25.80.
Competition in Dublin continues tomorrow through to Sunday and in Gold Coast through to Tuesday.
Full Results HERE
April 06, 2018
Commonwealth Games Results/Schedule
Friday 6th April
Men 200m Freestyle Jordan Sloan H 1:48.16 (9th)
James Brown H 1:53.23 (21st)
Women 50m Freestyle Danielle Hill H 26.02 (13th) SF 25.80 (8th)
Women 100m Back Danielle Hill H 1:03.08 (16th) SF 1:02.62 (14th)
Men S9 100m Free Barry McClements H 1:00.93 (7th) F 1:00.34 (7th)
Men 4x100m Free Relay Northern Ireland H 3:19.57 (6th) SF 3:20.03 (7th)
Men 100m Backstroke Conor Ferguson H 55.54 (9th) SF 54.48 (4th) F 55.01
Saturday 7th April
Men 50m Backstroke Conor Ferguson
Men 100m Freestyle Calum Bain, David Thompson, Jordan Sloan
Women 50m Freestyle Final Danielle Hill 10.43am
April 06, 2018
Consideration Times Met (selection of athletes for all events will be made at a later date)
European Junior Swimming Championships, 4th – 8th July 2018, Helsinki, Finland
Niamh Coyne (100m Breaststroke, 200m Breaststroke), Amelia Kane (400m IM), Jack McMillan (100m Freestyle), Robbie Powell (100m Freestyle), Julia Knox (400m IM), Ellen Walshe (200m Butterfly), Cadan McCarthy (400m IM)
LEN European Swimming Championships, 2nd – 10th August 2018, Glasgow, Scotland
Darragh Greene (100m Breaststroke, 200m Breaststroke), Mona McSharry (100m Breaststroke), Shane Ryan (100m Freestyle), Conor Ferguson (100m Backstroke), Jordan Sloan (200m Freestyle), Brendan Hyland (200m Butterfly)
World Youth Olympic Games, 6th – 18th October 2018, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Mona McSharry (100m Breaststroke, 200m Breaststroke), Niamh Coyne (100m Breaststroke), Jack McMillan (100m Freestyle), Robbie Powell (100m Freestyle)