April 05, 2018

Rio 2016 Olympian Shane Ryan highlighted the second day of competition at the Irish Open Swimming Championships in Dublin with a new Irish Senior Record in the 100m Freestyle.

The NAC swimmer lit up the morning heats with a blistering 48.68 second swim knocking .76 of a second off Jordan Sloan’s 2017 Record of 49.44. Ryan becomes the first Irishman under 49 seconds, giving Sloan a target when he races the event at Commonwealth Games on Saturday. The 24-year-old went on to win the final in 49.04 with Athlone’s Robbie Powell claiming silver. Powell (50.24) and Jack McMillan (50.83) were both under the consideration time for European Junior Championships and World Youth Olympic Games in the event.

Conor Ferguson also added his name to the list of European Championship qualifiers today when he secured his place in the 100m Backstroke Final at the Commonwealth Games. The world junior silver medallist progressed from the heats in 9th place in 55.54, then completed a third-place finish in his semi-final in 54.48, to dip under the European Championships consideration time and secure fourth place overall going into tomorrow’s final.

Calum Bain was also in semi-final action in the Gold Coast, the Cookstown swimmer clocked 24.43 to finish 11th overall in the 50m Butterfly.

National Centre Dublin and UCD’s Darragh Greene continued his impressive form adding 200m Breaststroke gold to last night’s 100m win. Greene, from Longford, was just three hundredths of a second off Andrew Bree’s 2008 Irish Record (2:10.16) and was well under the consideration time for European Championships with a winning time of 2:10.53.

NAC’s Orla Adams won her first national title in the 200m Breaststroke and just 20 minutes later picked up a second in the 400m Individual Medley. Adams held off Mona McSharry (2:30.27) and Niamh Coyne (2:31.83) in the 200m Breaststroke with Bath’s Georgia Coates winning commemorative gold in 2:26.59. The 23-year-old then went on to win a gruelling 400m IM in 4:50.51, Julia Knox (4:52.62) and Amelia Kane (4:56.51) claiming silver and bronze were under the consideration time for European Junior Championships.

Maria Godden picked up her first National Title of the week in the 50m Backstroke, the 16-year-old from Kilkenny clocked 29.32 to take gold with National Club Swimming Associations (NCSA) Caitlin Brooks first home for commemorative gold in 28.23. In the Men’s event NCD and Ennis swimmer Rory McEvoy claimed gold in 25.80.

National Centre Limerick and Limerick SC swimmer Edel Daly won her first Irish Title in the 800m Freestyle. The 15-year-old held off Cara Osing (9:22.75) and Rebecca Lowe (9:31.50) in 9:16.06 while NCSA’s Claire Tuggle was first to touch in 8:37.27.

Lisburn City’s quartet of Dylan Griffiths, Daniel Wiffen, James Allison and Jack Fleming dipped under the 8-minute mark to win the 800m Freestyle Final in 7:56.38 but it was the NCSA team of Peter Larson, Julian Hill, Andrew Matejka and David Madej who were first home for commemorative gold in 7:30.15.

Full Results HERE

April 05, 2018

Commonwealth Games Results/Schedule

Thursday 5th April

Men 50m Butterfly    Calum Bain             H 24.45 (11th)     SF 24.43 (11th)

                                  David Thompson      H 24.77 (18th)                    

                                  Curtis Coulter          H 25.53 (29th)

Men 100m Back        Conor Ferguson        H 55.54 (9th)       SF 54.48 (4th)


Friday 6th April

Men 200m Freestyle                    Curtis Coulter, Jordan Sloan, James Brown

Women 50m Freestyle                 Danielle Hill

Men 100m Breaststroke              Jamie Graham

Women 100m Backstroke            Danielle Hill

Men S9 100m Freestyle               Barry McClements

Men 4x100m Freestyle Relay      Northern Ireland


Men 100m Backstroke FINAL      Conor Ferguson                12.36pm


April 05, 2018

Consideration Times Met (selection of athletes for all events will be made at a later date)

European Junior Swimming Championships, 4th – 8th July 2018, Helsinki, Finland

Niamh Coyne (100m Breaststroke), Amelia Kane (400m IM), Jack McMillan (100m Freestyle), Robbie Powell (100m Freestyle), Julia Knox (400m IM)


LEN European Swimming Championships, 2nd – 10th August 2018, Glasgow, Scotland

Darragh Greene (100m Breaststroke, 200m Breaststroke), Mona McSharry (100m Breaststroke), Shane Ryan (100m Freestyle), Conor Ferguson (100m Backstroke)


World Youth Olympic Games, 6th – 18th October 2018, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Mona McSharry (100m Breaststroke), Niamh Coyne (100m Breaststroke), Jack McMillan (100m Freestyle), Robbie Powell (100m Freestyle)