McSharry Wins Three Titles on the Final Day of Irish Championships


16 year old Mona McSharry collected three Irish titles on the final night of the Irish Open Swimming Championships. McSharry won the 200 IM and 200 breaststroke and also took the Irish title in the 50 freestyle.

McSharry won the 200 IM in a time of 2:19.27 and in the very next event took the 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:32.74. She finished third in the 50 freestyle, but was the fastest Irish swimmer recording a time of 26.56.

Coming into the evening McSharry had already won titles in both the 50 and 100 breaststroke.

Brendan Hyland collected his third Irish title of the championships taking the men’s 100 butterfly in a time of 54.16.  Hyland finished second to Nico Van Duijn of Switzerland who posted a 53.71. Hyland, who will be competing at the upcoming European Championships, also won the 400 IM and 200 butterfly earlier in the competition.

In the women’s event Shauna O’Brien finished first hitting the wall in a time of 1:00.51.

Shona Hickey, who won the women’s 800 freestyle earlier in the competition, took the Irish title in the 1500 freestyle hitting the wall in a time of 18:00.80. 14 year old Charlotte O’Riordan finished third in the event posting a time of 18:01.62.

Curtis Coulter won the men’s 50 freestyle in a time of 22.73. Coulter missed the qualifying time for the European Championships by three one-hundredths of a second.

The final chance for Irish swimmers to qualify for Rio will come at the European Championships, which begin in London on May 16th. Ireland currently has three athletes qualified for the Olympics and will have a team of 13 athletes competing in London.

Irish Swimming contributed to this report.

Full Results Day 4

Women 1500m Freestyle Final: 1st *K Taylor Scotland 17:45.50 2nd S Hickey Limerick 18:00.80 3rd C O’Riordan  Trojan 18:01.62

Men 800m Freestyle Final: 1st B Gibbons Athlone 8:22.75 2nd A Meegan Aer Lingus 8:24.33 3rd *G Jaegher SK Bern

Women 200m IM Final: 1st M McSharry Marlins 2:19.27 2nd S Stallard UCD 2:19.49 3rd T Bruce Scotland 2:20.25

Men 200m IM Final: 1st *R Stacchiotti Luxembourg 2:02.26 2nd J Brown Ards 2:05.18 3rd *T Tsiopanis Uni of Bath 2:05.85

Women 200m Breaststroke Final: 1st M McSharry Marlins 2:32.74 2nd * S Granicher ARFS 2:33.84 3rd A Haughey Aer Lingus 2:34.55

Men 200m Breaststroke Final: 1st D Greene UCD 2:15.38 2nd *J Lauffer Switzerland 2:16.88 3rd *L Pfyffer Switzerland 2:17.89

Women 100m Butterfly Final: 1st D Vllars Switzerland 59.60 2nd S O’Brien UCD 1:00.51 3rd Emma Reid Ards 1:01.98

Men 100m Butterfly Final: 1st N Van Dujin Switzerland 53.71 2nd B Hyland Tallaght 54.16 3rd R Stacchiotti Luxembourg 54.78

Women 50m Backstroke Final: 1st *K Steins Latvia 2nd D Hill Larne & I Hayes Sundays Well 29.98

Men 50m Backstroke Final: 1st * S ryan NAC 25.43 2nd I Staub SK Bern 25.84 3rd A Corby Limerick 26.80

Women 50m Freestyle Final: 1st *J Meynen Luxembourg 25.83 2nd *N Muscat UCD 26.30 3rd M McSharry Marlins 26.56

Men 50m Freestyle Final: 1st *C Coulter Ards 22.73 2nd *C Bain Cookstown 22.95 3rd S Ryan NAC 23.01

*foreign swimmer


Qualification Times Met (selection of athletes for all events will be made at a later date)


LEN European Swimming & Open Water Championships, 16th – 22nd May, London, United Kingdom

Qualifiers: Fiona Doyle, Christopher Bryan (Open Water, July), Jordan Sloan, Conor Ferguson, Brendan Hyland, Antoinette Neamt, Sycerika McMahon, Dan Sweeney, Nicholas Quinn, Shane Ryan, Alex Murphy, Mona McSharry, Danielle Hill


European Junior Swimming Championships, 6th – 10th July 2016, Hungary

Qualifiers: Rachel Bethel, Niamh Coyne, Conor Ferguson, Danielle Hill, Rory McEvoy, Mona McSharry, Antoinette Neamt, Emma Reid, Ellen Walshe, Gerry Quinn, Iseult Hayes, Emma Moloney, Ally Cunningham, Rebecca Reid


Olympic Games, 6th – 20th August 2016, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Qualifiers: Fiona Doyle (Swimming), Oliver Dingley (Diving), Shane Ryan (Swimming), Nicholas Quinn (Swimming)

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