6TH FINA WORLD JUNIOR SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, August 23 – Monday, August 28, 2017
- 50-Meter Course
- Indianapolis (USA)
- Heats 9:30 am EDT / Semifinals and Finals 6 pm EDT (GMT-5)
- Meet Central
- Meet info
- Entries book
- Omega results
- TV/Webcast schedule (USA)
- Live stream NBC Sports
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In an historic night for Irish swimming Conor Ferguson and Mona McSharry collected Silver and Bronze medals at the World Junior Swimming Championships in Indianapolis, Ireland’s first medals in the sixth edition of the event. The result follows Shane Ryan’s 50m Backstroke Gold medal win at the World University Games yesterday, Ireland’s first gold medal in the pool at the event in 26 years.
After cruising to victory his semi-final swim last night, Conor Ferguson battled to a Silver medal in the 100m Backstroke Final tonight. The 17-year-old was in fourth place at the halfway mark but a speedy 27.96 second half saw the Bangor swimmer touch in 54.51 seconds for Ireland’s first World Junior Championship medal.
Spain’s Hugo Gonzalez set a new meet record for the gold medal in 54.27 while Romania’s Daniel Martin was third in 54.55.
Mona McSharry added World Junior Bronze in the 50m Breaststroke to her European Junior Title. In an extremely tight contest the Marlins Donegal swimmer touched in 30.97 seconds, winning Ireland’s second medal in just 20 minutes.
USA’s Emily Weiss captured gold in 30.78 and Canada’s Faith Knelson was just six hundredths of a second ahead of McSharry for silver in 30.91 seconds.
After their medal winning performances Ferguson (Backstroke) and McSharry (Breaststroke) returned to the pool for the final of the Mixed Medley Relay. Joined by Ellen Walshe (Butterfly) and Robbie Powell (Freestyle), the quartet took almost two seconds off the Irish Senior Record in the event finishing sixth in 3 minutes 52.38 seconds. Ferguson and McSharry with Emma Reid and Gerry Quinn had held the previous record at 3:54.09.
Speaking after the relay a delighted Ferguson said “It’s great to get a medal at the start of meet and that sets me up well for the 200m (Backstroke) later-on. I felt really honoured to lead out the relay team on the world stage and feel proud that the four of us broke the Irish Senior Record”.
McSharry commented “I’m pleased with a medal at the beginning of the meet particularly when my focus is on the Olympic events (100m, 200m Breaststroke). The relay final was a proud moment too, spectacular for all of us. I love moments like that and hope we have many more between now and Tokyo”.
Ferguson, McSharry, Walshe and Powell are all back in action tomorrow (Friday), Ferguson in the 50m Backstroke, McSharry and Niamh Coyne in the 100m Breaststroke, Walshe in the 50m Butterfly and Powell in the 50m Freestyle.
At the World University Games today Darragh Greene secured his place in the 50m Breaststroke Final. In this morning’s heat’s the UCD swimmer broke 28 seconds for the first time touching in 27.87 seconds, then in the semi-final he secured a place in tomorrow’s (Friday) Final in another best time of 27.85 seconds.
World Junior Championships
Day 2 Results
Thursday 24th August
200m Butterfly Ellen Walshe H 2:19.22 (25th)
200m Freestyle Jack McMillan H 1:51.12 (17th)
400m Medley Relay Ireland (Mixed) H 3:54.12 (5th) F 3:52.38 (6th) ISR
50m Breaststroke Mona McSharry H 31.41 (3rd) SF 31.09 (1st) F 30.97 (3rd)
100m Backstroke Conor Ferguson H 54.95 (1st) SF 54.53 (2nd) F 54.51 (2nd)
Day 3 Schedule
Friday 25th August (2.30pm)
50m Butterfly Ellen Walshe
50m Backstroke Conor Ferguson
100m Breaststroke Mona McSharry, Niamh Coyne
50m Freestyle Robbie Powell
World University Games
Day 5 Results
200m Backstroke David Prendergast H 2:09.81 (35th)
Rory McEvoy H 2:06.23 (28th)
100m Butterfly Conor Brines H 53.75 (25th)
Brendan Hyland H 53.49 (19th)
50m Breaststroke Darragh Greene H 27.87 (7th) SF 27.85 (8th)
Day 6 Schedule (Heats 2am/Finals 12pm)
50m Freestyle Calum Bain
3M Springboard Natasha MacManus
50m Breaststroke Final Darragh Greene
H – Heat/SF – Semi-Final/F – Final/P – Preliminary/ISR – Irish Senior Record/IJR – Irish Junior Record
WUG Results/Schedule: Click HERE (Heats 2am/Finals 12pm)
WJC Results/Schedule: Click HERE (Heats 2.30pm/Finals 11pm)
Swimming News Courtesy: Swim Ireland