May 18, 2021

Sligo’s Mona McSharry has earned a spot in Tuesday night’s 100m Breaststroke Semi-Final at the LEN European Aquatics Championships, having finished joint second in her heat in a time of 1:06.97.

The performance was her third swim under the FINA ‘A’ time for Tokyo 2021 and enough to see her advance to the Semi-Finals ranked joint 10th, her time just 0.99 slower than the fastest heat time of 1:05.98, set by Italy’s Arianna Castiglioni.

McSharry first achieved the Olympic Consideration Time in this event at Irish National Team Trials in April, swimming 1:06.97 in heats and her present Irish Senior Record of 1:06.29 in round two.

The 20-year-old’s last appearance at an international event for Ireland yielded a European Short Course Championships Bronze Medal in the 50m Breaststroke.

Already on the hunt for an Irish medal at this championships is Conor Ferguson, who will be the first of Ireland’s swimmers to contest a Final at this meet when lining up for the 50m Backstroke Final on Tuesday evening. It will be the Larne Swimming Club swimmer’s first appearance in a European Final for an individual event.

Shortly afterwards, Ireland’s first ever Mixed 4x200m Freestyle Relay team will line up for their Final, Max McCusker, Brendan Hyland, Naomi Trait, and Victoria Catterson having advanced from the heats on Tuesday morning in time of 7:51.24.

That time set a new Irish Senior Record, which the same team will be attempting to beat in tonight’s Final.

This event is not included in the Olympic or World Championships schedule, but provides Ireland with a much-needed warm-up for the Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay on Wednesday, which is an Olympic event, and one in which Ireland finished 16th at the World Championships in 2019.

The finals start at 5pm Irish time, McSharry’s event beginning at 5:31pm, Ferguson swimming at 6.18pm and the relay off at 6:27pm.

You can watch all the swimming in Budapest live online via the links below.

LIVESTREAMS: RTE Player | Eurovision Livestream | LEN Livestream

For all results, please visit European Championships 2020 | Budapest (microplustiming.com)

IRISH SWIMMING SCHEDULE - LEN European Aquatics Championships 2021

Tuesday, May 18

Women's 100m Breaststroke SEMI-FINAL - Mona McSharry

Mixed 4x200m Freestyle Relay FINAL

Men’s 50m Backstroke FINAL – Conor Ferguson

Wednesday, May 19

Men's 200m Breaststroke - Darragh Greene WITHDRAWN

Men's 4x200m Freestyle Relay

Thursday, May 20

Men's 50m Butterfly - Paddy Johnston

Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay

Friday, May 21

Men's 50m Breaststroke - Eoin Corby

Men's 800m Freestyle - Daniel Wiffen

Saturday, May 22

Women's 50m Breaststroke - Niamh Coyne

Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay

Sunday, May 23

Men's 4x100m Medley Relay

Women's 4x100m Medley Relay

Irish Swimming Team for the LEN European Aquatics Championships 2021

Brendan Hyland– National Centre (Dublin)

Conor Ferguson– Larne Swimming Club

Daniel Wiffen– Loughborough University

Danielle Hill– Larne Swimming Club

Darragh Greene– National Centre (Dublin)

Ellen Walshe– Templeogue Swimming Club

Eoin Corby– National Centre (Limerick)

Erin Riordan– National Centre (Dublin)

Finn McGeever– National Centre (Limerick)

Gerry Quinn– National Centre (Limerick)

Jack McMillan– Bangor Swimming Club

Jordan Sloan– Bangor Swimming Club

Max McCusker– Florida State University

Mona McSharry– University of Tennessee

Naomi Trait– Kilkenny Swimming Club

Niamh Coyne– National Centre (Dublin)

Paddy Johnston– Ards Swimming Club

Robbie Powell– National Centre (Dublin)

Shane Ryan– National Centre (Dublin)

Victoria Catterson– Ards Swimming Club