Ryan Secures Olympic Qualification Time

Shane Ryan has today become Ireland’s second swimmer to reach the FINA ‘A’ Olympic Standard, making him eligible for nomination to the Olympic Council of Ireland for Olympic Games selection.

Training full time at the Swim Ireland NAC Performance Centre and living on the National Sports Campus, Ryan is competing at the Swim Ireland Dave McCullagh/Swim Ulster International in Bangor Co. Down.

Ryan came agonisingly close in the heats of the 100m Backstroke this morning, clocking 54.37 just outside the 54.36 qualification mark required for the Games. A blistering Final however saw Ryan well under the time finishing first in 53.93 seconds.

A delighted Ryan commented “I got all the pieces of the puzzle together and it turned out great. I was in a good state of mind, I knew what I had to do, this morning it didn’t really feel too hot, I didn’t have a good start, a good turn or a good finish so .01, I knew I could do it, it was rough missing it but at the end of the day I got it! I need to have fun, I need to relax and that’s one thing I didn’t do in the past, I was always worried about getting the time instead of just swimming”

Another exciting Irish Olympic prospect, Conor Ferguson finished 2nd in the same race, just .29 of a second off the Olympic ‘A’ time. The 16 year old took over a second off his Irish Junior Record today clocking 55.07 in the heats and 54.64 in the Final. Both these swims place Ryan and Ferguson within the top 15 of the World so far this year.

Following on from the men’s success was Larne’s Danielle Hill, who added her name to the list of European Senior qualifiers. The 17 year old broke her own Irish Junior Record in 1:02.98, knocking almost a second off her previous record of 1:03.72. Iseult Hayes finished third in 1:04.47 making the European Juniors qualification.

An exciting 50m Butterfly Final saw Shauna O’Brien and Emma Reid break Irish senior and junior records. UCD’s O’Brien broke her own senior record from 2015, going under the 27 second mark for the first time to touch in 26.99 while Reid (Ards) also broke her own record clocking 28.03 to claim bronze. Jane Roberts was second in 27.79. Conor Brines was the gold medallist in the men’s event in 24.54 seconds.

Mona McSharry continued her impressive form in the Breaststroke events. The 16 year old broke Sycerika McMahon’s 100m Breaststroke Irish junior record yesterday and went on today to break Grainne Murphy’s 200m Breaststroke junior record in 2:31.29. The Sligo native who swim’s with Ballyshannon Marlins once again went under the qualification time for the European Senior Championships. Both Niamh Coyne (2:33.46) and Emma Moloney (2:36.97) both put in noteworthy swims to make European Junior qualification.

Stirling’s Duncan Scott won the 200m Freestyle Final. The visitor held off Bangor’s Jordan Sloan (1:50.20) and Tallaght’s Brendan Hyland (1:51.01) to claim Gold. In the women’s event Shanghai’s Min Zhou picked up Gold in 2 minutes 2.50 seconds ahead of Rachel Bethel (2:04.33) and Mary Kate McDowell (2:04.70).

Ben Griffin touched just ahead of Stirling’s Lewis Smith (4:29.65) to take 400m Individual Medley Gold in 4:29.53 while Antoinette Neamt cruised to victory in the 800m Freestyle in 8:56.55.

In the night’s final event Ards men and women added to the Gold they won yesterday in the 800m and 400m Freestyle Relays in 7:53.34 and 3:56.01 respectively.

Competition continues tomorrow (Sunday). Press Releases will be issued daily.

Shane Ryan Interview

Full Results Day 2

Men 50m Butterfly Final: 1st C Brines Larne 24.54 2nd C Bain Cookstown 24.77 3rd C Brodie Stirling 25.24

Women 50m Butterfly Final: 1st S O’Brien UCD 26.99 ISR 2nd J Roberts UCD 27.79 3rd E Reid Ards 28.03

Men 200m Freestyle Final: 1st D Scott Stirling 1:49.77 2nd J Sloan Bangor 1:50. 20 3rd B Hyland Tallaght 1:51.01

Women 200m Freestyle Final: 1st M Zhou Shanghai 2:02.50 2nd R Bethel Lisburn 2:04.33 3rd MK McDowell Ards 2:04.70

Men 100m Backstroke Final: 1st S Ryan NAC 53.93 (FINA A) 2nd C Ferguson Larne 54.56 IJR 3rd Craig McClean Stirling 57.22

Women 100m Backstroke Final: 1st D Hill Larne 1:02.98 IJR 2nd M Briggs Scotland 1:03.79 3rd I Hayes Sunday’s Well 1:04.97

Men 200m Breaststroke Final: 1st Z Zhang Shanghai 2:14.65 2nd R Murdoch Stirling 2:14.71 3rd C Benson Stirling 2:15.34

Women 200m Breaststroke Final: 1st M McSharry Marlins 2:31.49 IJR 2nd N Coyne Tallaght 2:33.46 3rd M Zhou Shanghai 2:34.36

Men 400m IM Final: 1st B Griffin Trojan 4:29.53 2nd L Smith Stirling 4:29.65 3rd B Gibbons Athlone 4:30.52

Women 800m Freestyle Final: 1st A Neamt Tallaght 8:56.55 2nd T Corry Portmarnock 9:25.00 3rd C O’Riordan Trojan 9:26.20

Men 4x200m Freestyle Team Relay: 1st Ards 7:53.34 2nd Ennis 7:55.20 3rd Limerick 7:57.40

Women 4x100m Freestyle Team Relay: 1st Ards 3:56.01 2nd Tallaght 4:03.02 3rd Sunday’s Well 4:03.98

Qualification Times Met (selection of athletes for all events will be made at a later date)

LEN European Swimming & Open Water Championships, 16th – 22nd May, London, United Kingdom

Qualifiers: Fiona Doyle, Christopher Bryan (Open Water, July), Jordan Sloan, Conor Ferguson, Brendan Hyland, Antoinette Neamt, Sycerika McMahon, Dan Sweeney, Nicholas Quinn, Shane Ryan, Alex Murphy, Mona McSharry, Danielle Hill

European Junior Swimming Championships, 6th – 10th July 2016, Hungary

 Qualifiers: Rachel Bethel, Niamh Coyne, Conor Ferguson, Danielle Hill, Rory McEvoy, Mona McSharry, Antoinette Neamt, Emma Reid, Ellen Walshe, Gerry Quinn, Iseult Hayes, Emma Moloney

Olympic Games, 6th – 20th August 2016, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Qualifiers: Fiona Doyle (Swimming), Oliver Dingley (Diving), Shane Ryan (Swimming)

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