Darragh Greene stole the limelight on then first day of Nationals in Dublin this evening with a 1:00.21 Irish record that granted him a ticket to the European Championships in Glasgow come August.
Racing for the National Centre in Dublin and UCD, Greene celebrated his first national senior mark with a massive personal best, his 1:00.21 keeping Bath’s Charlie Atwood well at bay, on 1:01.73, and taking down the Irish standard that had stood at 1:00.58 to Alex Murphy since last summer at Slovenian nationals.
Greene, 22, had had a high bar of 1:01.56 from the Universiade last year. The second Irishman home today was Nick Quinn, on 1:02.43.
A delighted Greene said: “I still can’t believe it, I wasn’t expecting to be that fast, I was going for the European time but absolutely delighted to get the record too.”
At the first nationals to serve as one-off trials for international selection this year – the only exclusion allowed for those racing for Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games from tomorrow (and they must qualify at that meet) – Mona McSharry, Marlins SC, booked her ticket to Glasgow in August with a 1:07.80 win in the 100m breaststroke.
Second home, Niamh Coyne, NCD & Tallaght Swim, booked two tickets in one swim: the 17-year-old’s 1:08.90 was good for consideration to the European Juniors and the Youth Olympics. Third home was Kara Hanlon in 1:09.26.
In other action, the men’s 400m freestyle went to Bath visitor Tom Derbyshire in 3:51.54, the Irish title to Jack McMillan, Swimming Bangor, in 3:57.71. The women’s equivalent went to Rachel Bethel, Lisburn City Swim, in 4:20.84.
Among juniors in the 50m butterfly, there were national junior marks for Ellen Walshe and Sean McNicholl.