Hear How Shane Ryan Hit Fastest 100 Back Time In 6 Years

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by Retta Race 3

March 31st, 2019 News


Irish National Teamers Shane Ryan and Brendan Hyland put on a show last night on the penultimate session of the 2019 Irish Open Swimming Championships.

25-year-old Ryan put up his fastest 100m backstroke time in 6 years, earning a new national record of 53.73 and qualifying for this summer’s World Championship in Gwangju. That overtook the 53.85 mark that stood as the national standard since 2016, but Ryan was quicker as a U.S. swimmer before that, hitting 53.84 back at the 2013 U.S. Nationals.

Hyland followed suit with a shiny new 200m IM record, an event in which Hyland hadn’t seriously competed in quite some time. His mark of 2:01.52 took gold and marks his 2nd national record of these championships. Although his time fell short of qualifying for Gwangju, Hyland’s performance may spark his pursuit of possibly contesting the race in Tokyo.

Hear from both Ryan and Hyland, along with National Coach Ben Higson in the video below.

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4 years ago

But he is Americun…Im atellin ya

4 years ago

I could listen to Irish swimming interviews all day. Congrats swimmers.

Reply to  coacherik
4 years ago

Ah yes, I can close my eyes and the nice rhotic sound of Shane Ryan’s voice almost makes it feel like I’m in Ireland.

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Former Masters swimmer and coach Loretta (Retta) thrives on a non-stop but productive schedule. Nowadays, that includes having just earned her MBA while working full-time in IT while owning French 75 Boutique while also providing swimming insight for BBC.

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