July 06, 2018

Ireland’s Rebecca Reid knocked out a second personal best time today as she moved up the rankings in the semi-final of the 50m Backstroke at the European Junior Swimming Championships.

Reid came into today’s event with a best time of 29.90, swimming 29.63 in the heats the 16-year-old advanced to the semi-final in 14th overall. A gutsy swim in the semi-final then saw Reid lower that time again to 29.49 which moved her to 13th overall in the event.

Reid is back in the pool tomorrow for the 200m Individual Medley where she is ranked 18th and after today’s performance, will be a real contender for a semi-final place.

The penultimate day of action in Helsinki will see eight individual and a relay swim. Maria Godden and Ellen Cassidy are first up in the 100m Backstroke. Jack McMillan swims his main event, the 200m Freestyle, and will be joined in the heats by Finn McGeever. Julia Knox and Amelia Kane join Reid in the 200m Individual Medley and Ireland will be one of 25 countries entered in the Mixed Medley Relay.

Today’s heats round up is available HERE.

Day 3 Heats/Finals Results:

50m Backstroke       Rebecca Reid             H 29.63 PB            SF 29.49 PB

                                Ellen Cassidy              H 31.36

200m Freestyle        Victoria Catterson      H 2:05.05

                                Maria Godden             H 2:05.39

                                Julia Knox                  H 2:06.41

                                Naomi Trait                H 2:08.38

100m Butterfly         Ellen Walshe              H 1:02.57

4 x 200m FTR           Ireland Men                H 7.33.73 IJR

4 x 100m MTR          Ireland Women            H 4:13.79

Day 4 Heats Schedule:

100m Backstroke                                Maria Godden, Ellen Cassidy

200m Freestyle                                  Jack McMillan, Finn McGeever

200m Individual Medley                     Rebecca Reid, Julia Knox, Amelia Kane

100m Breaststroke                             Niamh Coyne

4 x 100m Mixed Medley Relay             Ireland

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).