Mona McSharry heads to Glasgow for Europeans

Sligo swimmer Mona McSharry says she is excited about competing at the European Swimming Championships in Glasgow this weekend.

The Grange 17-year-old departed for Scotland together with the 12-strong Irish team yesterday, and will be in the pool for the first heat of the 100m breaststroke on Saturday.

The Marlins Swim Club member will also compete in the 50m breaststroke and is also expected to be part of the Irish team for the relay events.

The meet will also act as an opportunity for swimmers to pre-validate their place on next year’s World Championships team.

The European Championships will see almost 1,000 participants compete with 47 nations and 43 titles in swimming and 23 nations competing in 13 events in Diving.

McSharry is a reigning World Junior champion, but admits the step up to senior level is significant…