2018 IRISH OPEN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, April 4th – Sunday, April 8th
- National Aquatic Centre, Dublin
- Psych Sheets
- Live Results (once available)
The 2018 Irish Open Swimming Championships kick-off next week in Dublin and, although key athletes from the area will be in Australia for the Commonwealth Games, the meet’s psych sheets are still sprinkled with budding talent. Several of those rising stars stem from the United States, as 13-year-old Claire Tuggle heads up an age group contingency attending the meet.
Tuggle, of recent national age group-wrecking fame stateside, will accompany the likes of stars n’ stripes teammates Hayden Curley, Spencer Walker, Charles Scheinfeld, Anna Keating, Kylie Powers, Madison Kolessar and Annika Wagner, among others. For versatile Tuggle, she enters the Irish Open as the top seed in both the 400m and 800m freestyles and the 2nd seed in the 200m free race. The group is part of the NCSA Junior National Championship team that was selected from the results of their spring national championship meet earlier this month.
Domestic talent Mona McSharry will be going after her own breaststroke national records next week, alongside countrymen Nicholas Quinn and former Penn State standout and American national teamer Shane Ryan.
Several Bath-based swimmers will also be competing in Dublin, such as freestyle maestro Tom Derbyshire, breaststroker Charlie Atwood and multi-event threat Georgia Coates. Olympian Christopher Walker-Hebborn will most likely be Ryan’s primary rival in the backstroke races, as the Englishman came up short of making his nation’s Commonwealth Games roster.