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Bryan 11th in WUG 10K

11th July 2015 

Chris Bryan has today finished 11th in the 10K Open Water event at the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea.

In very hot conditions Bryan completed the race in 1 hour, 57 minutes just 2 minutes behind the Gold medallist Anton Evsikov of Russia.

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Next up for Chris Bryan will be the World Championships in Kazan on 27th July which will be first of two opportunities to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Irish swimmers have had an extremely successful week at the World University Games with 2 medals (Fiona Doyle), 2 Finals (Fiona Doyle), 9 semi-finals (Fiona Doyle x 2, Sycerika McMahon x 2, Nicholas Quinn x 2, Shauna O’Brien, Alex Murphy & Jordan Sloan) and a top 10 finish in the 1500m Freestyle for Grainne Murphy.

The Irish swim (pool) team arrive home to Dublin Airport at 6.40pm today and will begin a training camp on Monday after which Fiona Doyle, Sycerika McMahon and Alex Murphy depart for the World Swimming Championships starting on Sunday August 2nd.

Next on the swimming calendar is the IPC World Swimming Championships in Glasgow with 6 Irish swimmers in action starting on Monday. The Irish Age Group Championships and Summer Open commence on Wednesday 15th July at the National Aquatic Centre.

Result Day 8

M 10K Open Water             Chris Bryan 1:57.42 (11th)  


Murphy 11th in Breaststroke Semi-Final

8th July 2015

Alex Murphy just missed out on a place in the 50m Breaststroke Final on Day 5 of competition at the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea.

Murphy had swum his fastest 50m Breaststroke to date in the morning heats touching in 27.49 seconds and was ranked in second place going into the semi-final. However, he could not match that time in the semi-final and although he finished 4th in 27.99 seconds he lost out on a Final spot by just .06 of a second.

The UCD student will now be looking ahead to the World Swimming Championships in Kazan in August.

Dan Sweeney was also in action in the 50m Breaststroke today. The Loughborough University student was just off his best time clocking 28.89 seconds, he will be back in action tomorrow in the 50m Freestyle heats with Jordan Sloan.

Fiona Doyle and Sycerika McMahon are ranked third and fourth respectively going into the heat’s of the women’s 50m Breaststroke tomorrow. Both will need to swim close to their best times to make tomorrow afternoon’s semi-final. McMahon will also compete in the heats of the 200m Butterfly.

Results Day 5

M 50m Breaststroke                           Dan Sweeney        H 28.89 (28th)

Alex Murphy          H 27.49 (2nd)         SF 27.99 (11th)

Day 6 Schedule

W 50m Breaststroke                          Sycerika McMahon, Fiona Doyle

M 50m Freestyle                                 Dan Sweeney, Jordan Sloan

W 200m Butterfly                               Sycerika McMahon


World University Games – Day 4 Update

7th July 2015

Sycerika McMahon was the best of the Irish swimmers on Day 4 of the World University Games in Gwangju. McMahon, competing in the 400m Freestyle was 11th in 4:20.28 with a straight final and only the top 8 progressing.

After her Bronze medal win in the 100m Breaststroke yesterday, Fiona Doyle just missed out on the 200m Breaststroke semi-final by .14 of a second touching in 2:33.98.

Doyle and McMahon return to the pool on Thursday for the 50m Breaststroke where they are ranked third and fourth respectively.

Jordan Sloan was off his best in the 100m Freestyle, the Bangor SC swimmer clocked 51.99 seconds while in the 100m Butterfly Shauna O’Brien finished in 24th place in 1:01.60.

UCD’s Alex Murphy goes into the Men’s 50m Breaststroke tomorrow ranked in the top 8 and will be confident of making the semi-final, he will be joined by Dan Sweeney of Loughborough and Sunday’s Well.

Day 4 Results

W 400m Freestyle                              Sycerika McMahon 4:20.28 (11th)

W 200m Breaststroke                        Fiona Doyle 2:33.98 (17th)

M 100m Freestyle                               Jordan Sloan 51.99 (35th)

W 100m Butterfly                               Shauna O’Brien 1:01.60 (24th)

Day 4 Schedule

M 50m Breaststroke                           Dan Sweeney, Alex Murphy