Shane Ryan Clocks New 1Back Irish Record, Qualifies For Gwangju

2019 IRISH OPEN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

25-year-old National Centre Dublin swimmer Shane Ryan made more Irish history competing on the penultimate session of the 2019 Open Swimming Championships. Ryan is already coming off of a successful 2018 where he became the first sub-49 second 100m freestyler, as well as snagging Ireland’s first-ever World Championships medal with his 50m back bronze in Hangzhou.

Today, after registering a time of 54.19 in the morning heats of the men’s 100m backstroke to establish himself as the man to beat, the former Penn State swimmer crushed a new lifetime best mark of 53.73 to take the gold tonight. That result outperforms his previous personal best of 53.85 to check-in as the new Irish National Record.

Of his performance tonight, Ryan stated, ‘I’m very very happy with the time, it’s the fastest I’ve swam it in 6 years, I was 19 then. It felt comfortable, I didn’t die, that’s something I’ve been working on with my coach, I know I can be faster.’

Ryan moves into the 6th slot on the men’s world rankings for this season and would have placed 8th at the last edition of the World Championships. His 53.73 safely slides under the 54.06 FINA A cut needed to qualify for Gwangju.

2018-2019 LCM MEN 100 BACK

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4Ryan
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Water
3 years ago

He’s an American that couldn’t make it in USA .would not want to be a backstroker in Ireland at this time .all he is doing is getting a free ticket to the omplyics at the expenses of the Irish backstrokers .plus he managed to get a free car thrown in well done Ryan well played .rudd is making is own team .team overseas

Swimgeek
Reply to  Water
3 years ago

@water when you make a comment get your facts right. Rudd didn’t bring Shane to Ireland, he swam in 2016 as an Irish athlete. 🛎🔚

Guy
Reply to  Water
3 years ago

Salty? Hahaha

sven
Reply to  Water
3 years ago

Free? He moved across the ocean and works hard every day. Nothing free about that. He’s had dual-citizenship in Ireland his whole life, so the choice was his to make. It’s not as though he was shopping around trying to represent a country he had no connection to.

Admin
Reply to  sven
3 years ago

It’s funny, when another swimmer went country shopping, but refused to live in that country for the required 6 months to be eligible to transfer, and was denied the right to transfer, it was “BOO FINA, BOO RUSSIA.” When Shane Ryan does it in a totally legitimate way and follows the rules, he gets vilified.

Just more evidence: you can’t make everyone happy all the time. Gotta do what makes you happy.

Tea rex
Reply to  Water
3 years ago

Are there legitimately 3 Irish backstrokers who can make the FINA A cut?

sven
3 years ago

Should be 6th in the world, displacing Glinta, if the posted rankings are correct.

googoodoll
3 years ago

Hes Americun!!

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