Sligo’s Mona McSharry has qualified for the semi-finals of the 50 metres breaststroke at the European Short Course Championships in Denmark.
The 17-year-old’s time of 30.80 seconds was the 16th fastest time in the qualifying heats, and she will be back in the pool in Copenhagen shortly after four o’clock Irish time for the semi-finals.
After a tremendous final year at junior level, the Marlins Ballyshannon Swim Club member is making the step up to senior level at the event, which got underway this morning and runs until Sunday.
The Coláiste Cholmcille student is European Junior Champion in the event and already holds the Irish Senior Record of 30.19 seconds.
Alex Murphy has also qualified for the men’s 50 metres breaststroke semi-finals, while Bangor’s Jordan Sloan set a new Irish Senior Record in the 400m Freestyle.
Brendan Hyland knocked almost a second off his best time in the heats of the 100m Butterfly. The National Centre (Dublin) swimmer clocked 52.20 to finish second in his heat while Conor Brines touched in 52.97. In the 50m Breaststroke Darragh Greene finished in a best time of 27.65 with Nicholas Quinn home in 28.44. Danielle Hill was to finish in 1:02.46 in the 100m Backstroke while Conor Ferguson completed the first morning session for Ireland with a top-twenty position in the 200m Backstroke in 1:55.84.
Day 1 Heats: Results (Wednesday 13th December)
100m Butterfly Conor Brines H 52.97
Brendan Hyland H 52.20
50m Breaststroke Mona McSharry H 30.80 (16th)
50m Breaststroke Alex Murphy H 26.66 (14th)
Darragh Greene H 27.65
Nicholas Quinn H 28.44
400m Freestyle Jordan Sloan H 3:43.21 ISR
100m Backstroke Danielle Hill H 1:02.46
200m Backstroke Conor Ferguson H 1:55.84
Day 1 Semi Finals/Finals Schedule
50m Breaststroke Alex Murphy 4pm
50m Breaststroke Mona McSharry 4.08pm
Results/Schedule: Click HERE (Heats 8.30am/Finals 4pm Ireland)
Athlete Home Programme Coach
Calum Bain University of Stirling Bradley Hay
Conor Brines Larne Peter Hill
Conor Ferguson National Centre (Dublin) Ben Higson
Darragh Greene University College Dublin Earl McCarthy
Danielle Hill Larne Peter Hill
Brendan Hyland National Centre (Dublin) Ben Higson
Mona McSharry Marlins (Ballyshannon) Grace Meade
Alex Murphy National Centre (Dublin) Ben Higson
Nicholas Quinn University of Edinburgh Chris Jones
Jordan Sloan Bangor Paul Dennis