Shane Ryan became the second Irish swimmer to qualify for the for July's World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea winning the men's 100m backstroke on the penultimate day of competition at the Irish Open Swimming Championships at the NAC in Dublin.
Ryan, 25, won the decider in 53.73 seconds, a new Irish senior record and well inside the Worlds qualification time. Conor Ferguson, the former World Junior silver medallist, took second place, but fell just outside the qualifying standard. Rory McEvoy of the NCD earned bronze.
Ryan’s time was quicker than the one he set when he made the semi-final of the event at the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 by 12 hundredths of a second.
Ryan joins Darragh Greene on the plane to South Korea in the summer and the former US Olympic squad member will also be part of the Irish freestyle relay squad.
Greene made it a treble of Irish breastroke titles when he added the 50m crown to the 100m and 200m gold medals he won this week, taking victory in 27.55 seconds
Tallaght’s Brendan Hyland broke his second Irish senior record of the week when he won the men's 200m individual medley in 2.01.54, cutting over half a second off the two-year-old Irish best.
Hyland also broke the Irish record in winning the men's 200m Butterfly earlier in the week.
Scotland’s Hanna Miley the two-time Olympian won her fourth gold medal of the week in taking victory in the women's 200m freestyle in 2.02.44, while 19-year-old Rachael Bethel of Bangor took second place and with it won the national title