Mona McSharry claims five Irish titles

Mona McSharry was the star on the final night of the Irish Open Swimming Championships as she picked up titles in the 200m Individual Medley, 200m Breaststroke and 50m Freestyle.

McSharry had already won the 50m and 100m Breaststroke Irish titles weekend. The 15 year-old was the fastest Irish qualifier out of the 50m Freestyle semi-final, last night’s first event, then just minutes later she claimed the 200m Individual Medley in 2:19.27.

Taking on the 200m Breaststroke, she led throughout to win in 2:32.74 and she finished the night’s final event, the 50m Freestyle, in 26.56 seconds bringing her championship titles collection to five.

Limerick’s Shona Hickey doubled up on her Irish titles, adding the 1500m Freestyle to the 800m event that she won on the opening day.

Scotland’s Katie Taylor was first to touch in the event in 17 minutes 45.50 seconds with Hickey clocking 18:00.80 and an impressive performance from 14 year old Charlotte O’Riordan saw her claim silver in 18:01.62.

In the men’s 800m final Brendan Gibbons of Athlone held off a late charge from 1500m and 400m gold medallist Andrew Meegan to take the win in 8:22.75.

Ards’ James Brown was crowned champion in the men’s 200m Individual Medley. The 19 year old took gold in 2:05.18 but was beaten to the wall by Luxembourg’s Raphael Stacchiotti who took a commemorative gold in 2:02.26. In the men’s 200m Breaststroke UCD’s Darragh Greene swam 2:15.38 to claim his second title.

The women’s 50m Backstroke saw both Danielle Hill (Larne) and Issie Hayes (Sunday’s Well) share the national title as both touched in 29.98, while in the men’s event Shane Ryan was first home in 25.43 seconds, Alan Corby won his first national title in the event in 26.80 seconds.

Brendan Hyland (54.16) and Shauna O’Brien (1:00.51) were victorious in the 100m Butterfly.

The win was Hyland’s third, adding to the 400m Individual Medley and 200m Butterfly, while it was O’Brien’s second win haven taken the 50m Butterfly title.

In the final event Ards’ Curtis Coulter emerged as the 50m Freestyle winner in 22.73 seconds, just shy of the European Championships qualification time of 22.70.


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