2018 IRISH OPEN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, April 4th – Sunday, April 8th
- National Aquatic Centre, Dublin
- Selection for European Senior & Junior Championships; World Youth Olympic Games
- Psych Sheets
- SwimSwam Preview
- Day 1 Recap
Racing on day 2 of the Irish Open, her first overseas elite meet, American teen Claire Tuggle wreaked havoc on the women’s 800m freestyle field. Entering the Dublin-hosted meet, Tuggle’s personal best in the grueling free event sat at the 8:43.57 clocked at 2017’s NCSA Summer Championships.
However, Tuggle took things into her own hands last night to split 1:01.36/1:05.05/1:05.30/1:05.31/1:05.46/1:05.52/1:05.73/1:03.54 to produce a solid outing of 8:37.27. With that time, Tuggle beat the rest of the field by over 25 seconds and also slides into the top American 13-14 performers of all-time at #9.
In yesterday’s prelims, Shane Ryan of Ireland became the fastest man of his nation ever to swim the 100m freestyle, clocking 48.68 to take the top seed. His time marked the first occasion an Irish man had ever dipped under the 49 second threshold in the event.
Although he wasn’t able to match or lower that time in last night’s final, Ryan still secured the gold in a time of 49.04 for the 2nd fastest time of his career.
Additional Winners on Day 2:
- Bath’s Georgia Coates took the women’s 200m breast in 2:26.59.
- Day 1’s 100m breast winner, Darragh Greene, doubled up with a victory in the 200m breast in 2:10.53.
- Caitlin Brooks took the women’s 50 back in 28.23, while Rory McEvoy was the men’s winner in 25.80.
- The women’s 400m IM title winner was Orla Adams in a time of 4:50.61.