December 15, 2017

Mona McSharry and Alex Murphy continued their good form on the third day of competition at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Denmark with both easing into the 100m Breaststroke Semi-Finals, Murphy doing so with a new Irish Senior Record. 

McSharry was first up this morning, and looked comfortable winning the first of the seeded heats of her favoured event in 1:05.36, just outside her own Irish Record (1:05.27). The 17-year-old posted the second fastest time of all competitors in the heats just behind Finland’s Jenna Laukkanen in 1:04.94.

Alex Murphy, swimming in the unseeded heats, dominated the field in his race in a new Irish Record of 57.69, smashing Barry Murphy’s 2013 record of 58.31. The National Centre (Dublin) athlete’s previous best had stood at 58.71, comfortably qualifying for the semi-final in a top-eight position. Arno Kamminga of the Netherland’s was the fastest qualifier in 56.63.

Murphy’s semi-final will be first up this afternoon at 4.13pm while McSharry will take to the pool at 4.57pm (Ireland).

Also swimming the 100m Breaststroke heats this morning Darragh Greene touched in 1:00.39 and Nicholas Quinn in 1:01.53 while Calum Bain swam a personal best time in the 50m Freestyle with strong time of 21.82.

Day 3 Heats Results

100m Breaststroke         

Mona McSharry                H 1:05.36 (2nd)

50m Freestyle                  

Calum Bain                     H 21.82

100m Breaststroke        

Nicholas Quinn                H 1:01.53

Darragh Greene               H 1:00.39

Alex Murphy                    H 57.69 (7th) ISR

Day 3 Semi-Finals Schedule

100m Breaststroke SF    Alex Murphy                    4.13pm

100m Breaststroke SF    Mona McSharry                4.57pm

Results/Schedule: Click HERE (Heats 8.30am/Finals 4pm Ireland)