Ryan Through to World University Games Final; Relay Break Irish Record for 7th in Final

Ireland have had a successful day in the pool as the World University Games got underway in Taipei today. The first day of swimming and diving was highlighted by Ireland’s 400m Freestyle Relay breaking the Irish Record twice, Shane Ryan progressing to the final of the 100m Backstroke and Ireland’s first ever diver in action at the Games.

Ireland’s first final and record of the Games came today when Jordan Sloan, Shane Ryan, Calum Bain and Curtis Coulter combined for a time of 3:19.66 in the 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay to finish 4th in their heat and advance to the final in 7th place. The previous record of 3:21.77 had stood for 8 years and was set at the 2009 World Championships by Barry Murphy, Ryan Harrison, Conor Leaney and Karl Burdis.

In the final, Ryan, Bain and Sloan were joined by David Prendergast, where the quartet lowered the record once again to 3:19.39 finishing 7th overall.

It was a busy day for Ryan who was also in action in the 100m Backstroke. The Rio 2016 Olympian was second in this morning’s heat and fourth overall in 54.71 seconds. Bettering that time in the semi-final, Ryan progresses to tomorrow’s final with a time of 54.63 seconds, ranked in sixth place. The 100m Backstroke Final takes place tomorrow (Monday) at 12.15pm.

Speaking after racing today Ryan said “Today was about having clean swims and setting up for the Final on Monday night. The relay is always for the boys and Ireland, you put your head down and just swim smart and fast”

Also in semi-final action today, Darragh Greene swam a best time in the 100m Breaststroke this morning of 1:01.56, the UCD swimmer was then 7th in his semi-final in 1:01.89 for 15th overall.

There was drama for Conor Brines as the Queens University and Larne swimmer was tied for 16th place at the conclusion of the 50m Butterfly heats in 24.26 seconds. Brines went into a swim off against Jan Sefl of the Czech Republic where he secured his place in the semi-final in 24.07 seconds. Improving to 12th overall in the semi-final, Brines posted a time of 24.10.

Nicholas Quinn warmed up for the 200m Breaststroke with an 18th place overall finish in the 100m Breaststroke in 1:01.79, while Rory McEvoy got his Games underway in the 100m Backstroke clocking 58.14.

Natasha MacManus became Ireland’s first ever diver to compete at the World University Games in the 1M Springboard this morning. The Princeton student scored 185.25 points and will return for her main event, the 3M Springboard on Friday.

It’s a quieter day in the pool for Ireland tomorrow with just one swimmer and diver in heats action. National Champion and Irish Record holder Jordan Sloan competes in the 200m Freestyle while Jack Ffrench takes to the 1M Springboard.

Day 1 Results Heats/Finals (2am)

Sunday 20th August:

100m Backstroke               Shane Ryan                         H 54.71 (4th)                    SF 54.63 (6th)

Rory McEvoy                       H 58.14 (42nd)

100m Breaststroke            Nicholas Quinn                   H 1:01.79 (18th)

Darragh Greene                  H 1:01.56 (15th)                SF 1:01.89 (15th)

50m Butterfly                     Conor Brines                       H 24.26 (16th) S/O 24.07  SF 24.10 (12th)

4x100m Freestyle Relay   Ireland                                 H 3:19.66 (7th) ISR            F 3:19.39 (7th) ISR

1M Springboard                 Natasha MacManus           185.25 points (30th)

Day 2 Heats/Finals Schedule (2am/12pm)

Sunday 20th August:

200m Freestyle                  Jordan Sloan

1M Springboard                 Jack Ffrench

100m Backstroke Final      Shane Ryan

Results/Schedule: Click HERE (Heats 2am/Finals 12pm)

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