July 08, 2018

Ireland’s Niamh Coyne came agonisingly close to a medal in the 100m Breaststroke on the final night of racing at the European Junior Swimming Championships in Helsinki, Finland.

The National Centre Dublin swimmer had progressed across heats and semi-finals yesterday in second place, swimming a lifetime best in the semi-final of 1:08.56. In tonight’s final the 17-year-old swam her second fastest time in the event ever to come within five hundredths of a second of a medal; Germany’s Elena Brandt getting her finger to the wall in 1:08.68, just ahead of Coyne’s 1:08.73. 

Lithuania’s Kotryna Teterevkova claimed the gold medal in 1:08.03 with Russia’s Anastasia Makarova in the silver medal position in 1:08.46.

Coyne returns to action at the Irish Summer Nations at the end of this month and is one of four swimmers nominated to the Olympic Council of Ireland for selection to the World Youth Olympics Team in Argentina in October.

Also in action this evening, Robbie Powell raced the 50m Freestyle Semi-Final. The Athlone swimmer bettered his time from this morning touching in 23.30 to place 13th overall.

Speaking at the conclusion of the event, team leader Andy Reid commented The European Junior Championships always provides our up and coming athletes a very real taste of international swimming ahead of what is hoped to be a successful senior international career. As in recent years, the standards have been exceptionally high and yet our young team has achieved much and learnt even more. We return from Helsinki with ten individual swims seeing us progress into semi-finals or finals, a relay final and three Irish Junior Records. The staff are very proud of the teams’ professional approach to racing and how they have presented themselves in the arena and we look forward to working with their home programme coaches to ensure even further progress next season.”

Next up for Team Ireland will be Glasgow 2018 where 12 swimmers and 3 divers will compete at the European Championships from 3rd to the 10th August.

Day 5 Heats report available HERE.

Day 5 Results:

100m Breaststroke

Niamh Coyne

H 1:09.14

SF 1:08.56

F 1:08.73

50m Freestyle

Robbie Powell

Jack McMillan

H 23.47

H 24.01

SF 23.30


50m Butterfly

Ellen Walshe

H 28.34



400m Individual Medley

Cadan McCarthy

Alfie Kelly

H 4:31.43

H 4:39.37



4 x 200m FTR

Ireland Women

H 8:24.36




Team: Niamh Coyne (National Centre Dublin/Tallaght), Ellen Walshe (Templeogue SC), Rebecca Reid (Ards SC), Jack McMillan (Bangor SC), Robbie Powell (Athlone SC), Victoria Catterson (Ards SC), Finn McGeever (National Centre Limerick), Paddy Johnston (Ards SC), Julia Knox (Banbridge SC), Amelia Kane (Ards SC), Maria Godden (Kilkenny SC), Ellen Cassidy (Dolphin SC), Alfie Kelly (Dolphin SC), Cadan McCarthy (National Centre Limerick/Mallow Swans), Naomi Trait (Kilkenny SC).