December 04, 2019

Mona McSharry added her name to a list of Irish European Medallists tonight as the 19-year-old claimed 50m Breaststroke Bronze at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Glasgow in an Irish Record time of 29.87.

McSharry, who was a semi-finalist in the 50m Breaststroke at this event in 2017, clocked 30.51 in this morning’s heats to progress to the semi-final in eighth place overall. Swimming in the first semi-final, McSharry lowered that time to 30.31 to finish fourth and in eighth place overall to secure a place in lane eight in the final. Just an hour later the Marlins swimmer took to the blocks, smashing her way through her own Irish Record of 30.19, for a Bronze medal.

A delighted McSharry commented ‘I’m just over the moon, there’s no better way to start a competition than getting a medal especially when it’s not something you intended to get going into the race. It really sets me up well for this week mentally, I’m really positive and just happy’

Italian team-mates Benedetta Pilate (29.32) and Martina Carraro (29.60) took the top two places in the event.

McSharry will compete in tomorrow’s 100m Individual Medley where she is the current Irish Record holder in 1:00.34.

Danielle Hill continued her record-breaking trend, smashing Melanie Nocher’s 2011 Irish Senior Record in the 100m Backstroke by .68 of a second. The Larne swimmer, who broke the 50m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke Irish Records last month, added the 100m to her resumé in 58.62 seconds.

Coming into this meet, Hill had a best time of 1:00.65, she broke that minute barrier in this morning’s heats clocking 59.38 before going on to finish in 13th place overall in the semi-final.

In the Men’s 50m Breaststroke Semi-Final Darragh Greene swam another best time in what was a stacked field where all 16 competitors improved on their heat times. The National Centre Dublin swimmer touched in 26.78, one tenth of a second faster than his morning heat. Greene goes again tomorrow in one of his main events, the 200m Breaststroke.

Ireland will have another busy day at the pool on Thursday with 16 individual and a relay swim. While Greene, Hill and McSharry are back in action, Jordan Sloan, Shane Ryan and Maria Godden make their individual debuts at the event.   

Interview: Mona McSharry HERE   

2019 LEN European SC Swimming Championships (Glasgow)

Day 1 – Wednesday 4th December l Heats/Finals Results

 

Men 100m Butterfly Heats

Brendan Hyland

52.00

 

 

 

Paddy Johnston

54.62

 

 

 

Cillian Melly

53.97

 

 

Women 50m Breaststroke Heats

Niamh Coyne

31.10

 

 

 

Molly Mayne

31.93

 

 

 

Mona McSharry

30.51

SF 30.31

F 29.87 ISR

Men 50m Breaststroke Heats

Darragh Greene

26.89

SF 26.78

 

 

Liam Doyle

28.13

 

 

 

Eoin Corby

27.50

 

 

Women 400m Individual Medley Heats

Amelia Kane

4:45.64

 

 

Men 400m Freestyle Heats

Jack McMillan

3:46.23

 

 

 

Robbie Powell

3:52.05

 

 

 

Daniel Wiffen

3:50.91

 

 

Women 100m Backstroke Heats

Danielle Hill

59.38

SF 58.62 ISR

 

Men 200m Backstroke Heats

Conor Ferguson

1:54.38

 

 

Men 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay Heats

Ireland

1:27.06

 

 

 

Day 2 – Thursday 5th December l Heats Schedule

 

Men 200m Freestyle Heats

Jack McMillan

 

Robbie Powell

 

Jordan Sloan

Men 200m Breaststroke Heats

Eoin Corby

 

Liam Doyle

 

Darragh Greene

Women 100m Freestyle Heats

Maria Godden

 

Danielle Hill

Men 100m Backstroke Heats

Conor Ferguson

 

Shane Ryan

 

Paddy Johnston

Women 100m Individual Medley Heats

Molly Mayne

 

Mona McSharry

Men 400m Individual Medley Heats

Brendan Hyland

 

Cillian Melly

Mixed 4x50m Medley Relay Heats

Ireland

Men 1500m Freestyle Heats

Daniel Wiffen