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
The 5-day Irish Open Swimming Championships kicked off in Dublin tonight, with national talent taking on a young contingency from America, including 13-year-old Claire Tuggle.
Tuggle wasted no time making a name for herself at her first overseas international competition, as the teen captured the gold medal in the women’s 14&O 400m freestyle event. After establishing herself as the top seed with a solid morning swim of 4:16.12, Tuggle grabbed the gold medal with a super impressive 4:11.37.
Splitting 1:00.63/1:04.18/1:03.67/1:02.89, Tuggle crushed her old personal best of 4:15.45 set at the 2017 NCSA Summer Championships. She led a 1-2 punch tonight, with fellow American teen Ashley Strouse earning silver in 4:17.22.
With her race tonight, Tuggle’s 4:11.37 now checks-in as the 4th fastest time ever by an American 13-14 year old, just about 2 seconds off of what Katie Ledecky was at that age.
American Women 13-14 All-Time 400m Freestyle Times (Top 5)
- Sippy Brennan, 4:07.15, 1978
- Becca Mann, 4:08.65, 2012
- Katie Ledecky, 4:09.30, 2012
- Claire Tuggle, 4:11.37, 2018
- Maddie Homovich, 4:12.30
America’s William Davis took the men’s 50m butterfly in 23.65, while fellow stars n’ stripes teammate Willie Davis touched right behind in 23.70. The men’s performances position them just outside the top 10 times in the world this season.
Other highlights of night 1 include Ireland’s Darragh Greene reaping a new Irish National Record in the 10om breaststroke final, taking the race in a smooth 1:00.21. That overtook the previous NR of 1:00.58 held by Alex Murphy since 2017.
For his part, Murphy was disqualified in the event for an illegal turn. Ireland is still seeking its first-ever man under the minute mark in the event.
Mona McSharry was tonight’s 100m breast winner for the women, taking the race in 1:07.80 to represent the only swimmer under the 1:08 threshold. Splitting 31.79/36.01, McSharry most likely secures her roster spot for the 2018 European Championships taking place in Glasgow later this year.