December 13, 2017
Alex Murphy and Mona McSharry got Ireland’s European Championships campaign well and truly underway today with 11th and 12th place finishes respectively in their 50m Breaststroke Semi-Finals.
Murphy bettered his time of 26.66 from the morning to 26.52 in the first semi-final of the event. The National Centre (Dublin), swimmer was racing in an event which saw the championship record broken five times today, the fastest by Italy’s Fabio Scozzoli who also set a new European Record in the Final in 25.62.
In the women’s 50m Breaststroke Semi-Final, Mona McSharry lowered her time from this morning by four hundredths of a second clocking 30.39. The 17-year-old was swimming in her first senior international semi-final after a summer which saw her crowned European and World Junior Champion. This evening’s final was won by Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte in 29.36.
Both Murphy and McSharry are back in the pool tomorrow for the heats of the 200m Breaststroke and 100m Individual Medley respectively. Murphy will be joined by Darragh Greene and Nicholas Quinn, the latter being the 200m specialist of the trio. After a record breaking swim in the 400m Freestyle today, Jordan Sloan returns for his favoured event, the 200m Freestyle, with Brendan Hyland also competing in the event. World junior silver medallist Conor Ferguson competes in the 100m Backstroke and Danielle Hill in the 100m Freestyle.
For the first time ever at a senior international meet, Ireland will be represented in the 4x50m Mixed Medley Relay with Danielle Hill (Backstroke), Mona McSharry (Breaststroke), Conor Brines (Butterfly) and Calum Bain (Freestyle) competing for a place in tomorrow’s final.
Day 1 Results
Wednesday 13th December
Conor Brines H 52.97
Brendan Hyland H 52.20
Mona McSharry H 30.80 (16th) SF 30.29 (12th)
Alex Murphy H 26.66 (14th) SF 26.52 (11th)
Darragh Greene H 27.65
Nicholas Quinn H 28.44
Jordan Sloan H 3:43.21 ISR
Danielle Hill H 1:02.46
Conor Ferguson H 1:55.84
Day 2 Heats Schedule
200m Freestyle Jordan Sloan, Brendan Hyland
200m Breaststroke Alex Murphy, Darragh Greene, Nicholas Quinn
100m Freestyle Danielle Hill
100m Backstroke Conor Ferguson
100m IM Mona McSharry
4x50m Medley Ireland