Dublin stars shine at Euro short course swimming championships

by Gazette Reporter
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NAC Swim Club’s Shane Ryan claimed Ireland’s second medal at the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships in Glasgow in the 50m backstroke.

Ryan, World Bronze medallist in the event in 2018, produced an outstanding performance to again finish in third place in 23.12, faster than his heat (23.16) and semi-final (23.21) swims earlier in the day.

The 25-year-old joins a growing list of Irish medallists from this Championships including Mona McSharry – from earlier in this gala – Grainne Murphy, Andrew Bree and Barry Murphy.

A delighted Ryan commented ‘I’m really happy that I’m bringing home something to Ireland. It’s been a tough day of racing but I’m happy to come away with the bronze and to end the meet with a strong finish as part of the Ireland Relay’.

Among other highlights, he also reached the 100m backstroke final with a new Irish Senior Record of 50.42 to finish in 6th place overall. The swim was the 25-year-old’s first senior international final in an Olympic distance, and this bodes well for an Olympic year almost upon us. Ryan had progressed to the Final with an Irish record in the heats of 50.45 and a time of 50.48 in the semi-final.

Tallaght’s Brendan Hyland started off a busy week with a 52.00 swim in the 100m butterfly heats before he joined the Irish record train with a big swim in the 400m Individual Medley. Hyland knocked over four seconds off Andrew Bree’s 2001 record of 4:16.26, clocking 4:12.13.

The butterfly specialist went on to secure a place in his first ever senior international final in the 200m event. There, he clocked 1:55.06 in the final to finish in eighth place.

The Tallaght man also recorded a 200m individual medley lifetime best of 1.58.12.

Fellow Tallaght swimmer Niamh Coyne’s highlight was a semi-final appearance in the 100m breaststroke. She backed up a 1.06.12 in the heats with a 1.06.16 to end up in 14th place overall.

She also swam a personal best in the 50m breastroke and competed well in the 200m.

Templeogue 14-year-old Molly Mayne was making her adult level debut and she put in a string of good performances that bode well for the future. She swam 2.29.46 in the 200m breaststroke, 1.09.36 in the 100m and 31.93 in the 50m while also competing in the 200m individual medley with a 2.19.46 time in the heats.

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