Thursday 17 January 2019

McSharry moves into first senior decider


Swimmer Mona McSharry. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Swimmer Mona McSharry. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Ireland's Mona McSharry is taking the jump from junior to senior international competition in her stride.

The 17-year-old secured her place in her first senior inte rnational Final at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Denmark tonight.

The European and World Junior Champion in the 100m Breaststroke was up against Europe's best tonight in the semi-finals where she posted a time of 1:05.40.

A delighted McSharry said after the race: "Amazing, it's unreal, to be able to come from juniors into seniors and into a final, top 8 in Europe, that's a dream really.

"To walk up the ramp, everyone was screaming and shouting and all the tiers filled with people, it's a great feeling."

Looking ahead to today's final, she said "I think I raced it a little too much today, I need to concentrate more on my stroke count and trust that what I'm doing is going to work a little more tomorrow, but definitely not a bad race."

As in this morning's heat's Finland's Jenna Laukkanen posted the fastest time in 1:04.89 followed by Wednesday's 50m Breaststroke Gold medallist Ruta Meilutyte (1:04.95).

In the Men's 100m Breaststroke semi-final Alex Murphy was unable to match his heat time, where he set a new Irish Record (57.69) but was under his previous best (58.71) for the second time, touching eighth in the second semi-final for 16th place overall.

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