Darragh Greene was the star of the show as Day 2 of the Irish Open Swimming Championships as he took gold in the 200m breaststroke final, breaking an 11-year-old Irish record in the process.
Greene, who was Ireland’s first World Championships qualifier yesterday in the 100m Breaststroke, took down Andrew Bree’s 11-year-old record in 2:10.05.
Bree, who had set the record in the event in the semi-final of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, was on hand to present the record certificate to Greene this evening.
Speaking after the race Greene commented ‘I would have been happy with a PB, the record is a huge bonus, especially an 11-year-old record. I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do in the summer now’
Jordan Sloan and Robbie Powell went head to head in the 100m freestyle final.
Ryan took the national title for the second-year clocking 49.28. Sloan claimed silver in 49.71 while Powell completed the podium in 50.03. The top four combined times were also under the consideration time for the 4x100m freestyle relay at World Championships.
Niamh Coyne doubled up on her gold medals in the women’s 200m breaststroke to take the national title. Scotland’s European, World and Commonwealth Games medalist Hannah Miley was first home in 2:29.40 just ahead of Coyne who clocked 2:30.09.
Miley returned to action in the final event of the night, the 400m individual medley and took a second commemorative gold medal in 4:47.63. Templeogue’s Ellen Walshe claimed the National Title in 4:51.04. Ards’ Amelia Kane claimed the silver medal in 4:45.70 and joined Eoin Corby in going under the consideration times for both European and World Junior Championships.
Edel Daly retained the 800m freestyle national title in 9:15.03. Daly cruised to victory ahead of Trojan’s Grace Hodgins (9:19.74) and Leander’s Ella Donegan (9:20.71).
After months of injury, Larne’s Danielle Hill returned to form with a win in the 50m Freestyle of 25.77, UCD’s Erin Riordan was just behind in 25.94.
Conor Ferguson took his first title of the week in the 50m Backstroke. Ferguson clocked 25.32 ahead of his National Centre Dublin team mate Rory McEvoy (25.93)