Darragh Greene Rattles Minute Mark For 1:00.21 Irish Record & Euro2018 Ticket

Darragh Greene - courtesy of Swim Ireland

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.

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.

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