arena Swim of the Week: Mona McSharry Sets Irish 50 Breast Record At PSS – Knoxville

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In the midst of her junior season in the NCAA, Mona McSharry and several of her teammates at the University of Tennessee took to the long course pool to tackle the first Pro Swim Series stop of 2023, which was hosted at the team’s home pool in Knoxville.

McSharry had a wildly successful competition, not only sweeping the women’s breaststroke events, but also setting a new Irish Record in the 50-meter event.

The 22-year-old came into the meet having held the National Record for more than five years, first breaking it in 2017 (30.91) before clocking 30.87 in March 2018.

At the 2022 European Championships, McSharry narrowly missed breaking the record in 30.90, ultimately placing seventh in the final.

She neared the record in the prelims with a time of 30.94, and then in the final, McSharry dropped a time of 30.56, demolishing not only the record, but also beating runner-up Miranda Tucker (31.29) by more than seven-tenths of a second.

McSharry now owns the top time in the world this season by more than four-tenths.

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That swim completed the breaststroke treble for McSharry, who won the 100 breast (1:06.80) and 200 breast (2:26.34) earlier in the meet, nearing her respective Irish Records of 1:06.29 and 2:25.08.

McSharry’s international resume includes winning bronze in the 100 breast at the 2021 Short Course World Championships, and she also has gold medals from the 2017 World Juniors (100 breast) and European Juniors (50 and 100 breast). She also made the 2021 Olympic final in the 100 breast.

Collegiately, the Dublin native placed third in the 200 breast and fourth in the 100 breast at NCAAs as a freshman in 2021, and last season, placed fourth in the 100 breast once again with a personal best time of 57.18.

Based on the form displayed in Knoxville, McSharry will not only be someone to keep an eye on in the NCAA postseason, but later this summer at the World Championships.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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