August 08, 2018

Irish diver Tanya Watson is through to the European Championships Platform Final after a superb display by the youngster in Edinburgh while Mona McSharry moves onto the 50m Breaststroke Semi-Final in Glasgow. 

Watson was making her senior International debut for Ireland this morning and has now delivered her first European Senior Final. 

The 16-year-old has had an impressive year so far competing at the European Junior and World Junior Championships where she made Platform finals; through her result at the World Junior Championships she also secured a first ever diving place for Ireland at the World Youth Olympics in August.

Watson goes in the Platform Final at 2.40pm today.

Mona McSharry has progressed to her second semi-final in Glasgow. The 17-year-old had an impressive heat swim clocking 31.09, finishing third to 100m Breaststroke Gold and bronze medallists Yulia Efimova (30.20) and Arianna Castiglioni (30.30), she’s ranked tenth overall. McSharry has already competed in the 100m Breaststroke semi-final earlier in the week. The Marlins (Ballyshannon) swimmer will need to be close to her best time of 30.87 to advance to tomorrow’s final.

In the 100m Butterfly heats National Centre Dublin’s Brendan Hyland swam his best morning time and second fastest ever time in the event touching in 53.37. Hyland will be back in action tomorrow for the Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay.

Calum Bain and Robbie Powell completed their championships with swims of 23.11 and 23.35 respectively in the 50m Freestyle heats. It’s been a busy year for Powell who receives his Leaving Certificate results next week, the 18-year-old competed at European Junior Championships in July, moves from his hometown of Athlone to the National Centre in Dublin in September and has been nominated to the Olympic Council of Ireland for the World Youth Olympics in October.