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
- Day 2 Recap
- Day 3 Recap
After Irish swimmers Shane Ryan and Brendan Hyland already broke national records in their respective 100m free and 200m fly events earlier this week, Mona McSharry followed suit with a new standard of her own.
While competing on night 4 of the 2018 Irish Open, the 17-year-old World Junior champion earned a new national record in the women’s 50m freestyle, clocking 25.54 for gold. That mark shaved .02 off of the newly-minted NR of 25.56 registered by Danielle Hill at the Commonwealth Games. The record is added to McSharry’s other national marks in the 50m/1000m/200m breaststroke events.
Finishing just .11 behind McSharry in the women’s splash n’ dash was Katie Stark, who notched a silver medal effort of 25.65, followed by America’s Talia Bates who earned bronze in 25.77.
Another American, Willie Davis, scored the only men’s 50m freestyle time under the 23-second threshold for the win. Davis touched in 22.85, the 4th fastest time of his young career.
Teen teammate Claire Tuggle was back in action tonight as well, winning the women’s 200m freestyle race. Splitting 57.91/1:01.20, Tuggle dipped under the 2-minute threshold for the first time ever, surpassing her previous personal best of 2:00.63 set at last year’s NCSA Summer Championships.
With her performance in Dublin tonight, Tuggle checks-in as the 3rd fastest American 13-14 ever in the event:
Top 5 American Women, Aged 13-14, Women’s 200m freestyle
- Sippy Brennan, 1:58.53, 1978
- Missy Franklin, 1:58,67, 2009
- Claire Tuggle, 1:59.11, 2018
- Chelsea Chenault, 1:59.14, 2009
- Quinn Carrozza, 1:59.19, 2011
Tuggle’s teammates did some major damage in the women’s 100m backstroke event as well, with Isabelle Stadden and Phoebe Bacon finishing 1-2 in times bordering on the minute threshold. Stadden threw down a personal best of 1:00.06 for gold, while Bacon touched just .03 behind in 1:00.09 for silver.
Both women now fall among the United States’ fastest 15-16 year-old females of all time:
- Regan Smith, 58.95, 2017
- Missy Franklin, 59.18, 2011
- Rachel Bootsma, 59.77, 2009
- Elizabeth Pelton, 59.99, 2010
- Isabelle Stadden, 1:00.06, 2018
- Phoebe Bacon, 1:00.09, 2018
Additional Winners on the Day:
- Ben Griffin was tonight’s 200m IM winner, clocking 2:03.1o to stand atop the podium.
- The men’s 100m backstroke saw Shane Ryan beat out Englishman Christopher Walker-Hebborn, registering a winning effort of 53.96 to CWH’s 54.23.