Longford Swimming Club member Gerry Quinn anchored the Irish Mixed 400m Medley Relay team and broke the fifty second barrier for the 100m freestyle for the first time at a major event as the team finished 6th in their final at the European Junior Championships in Hungary this evening, Saturday, July 9.
Swimming from Lane 3, the Irish team of Conor Ferguson (backstroke), Mona McSharry (breaststroke), Emma Reid (butterfly) and Gerry Quinn (freestyle) finished in a time of 3:54.09 which was just 3.34 seconds behind the gold medal winning Italian quartet.
That impressive finishing time gave Gerry and his team mates a new Irish senior record and it was also 1.56 seconds faster than their semi-final time of 3:55.65.
Speaking after the relay Quinn commented “It was great to get out there and race as a team, we’re really happy with the record. My aim was to break 50 seconds in the relay and I did which was great.
“It’s my first time at a big meet; it’s been a different experience, a bit overwhelming. I’m happy I was able to go out and swim fast in all of my races, it’s such a high standard here.”
Conor Ferguson completed the backstroke in 55.0 seconds, Mona McSharry her breaststroke in 1:08.8, Emma Reid her butterfly in 1:00.7 and Gerry Quinn completed his freestyle leg in 49.4 seconds at the Dezso Gyarmati Swimming Pool in Hódmezővásárhely, Hungary.
1st Italy 3:50.75, 2nd Russia 3:51.33, 3rd United Kingdom 3:52.89, 4th Hungary 3:53.37, 5th Germany 3:53.48, 6th Ireland 3:54.09, 7th Poland 3:55.06, 8th Netherlands 3.57.27.
Men’s 200m Freestyle semi-final
Gerry, who is coached by Ronan McNevin, swam from Lane 1 in the second semi-final of the Men's 200 metres Freestyle at the European Junior Championship in Hungary.
Gerry was well in contention at the 50m turn and was in third place, before he ultimately finished in 6th place in a time of 1:50.94.
This left Gerry in 10th place overall among the 16 semi-finalists and saw miss out narrowly on a place in the final by 0.49 of a second.
Gerry holds the Irish 200m Freestyle Junior Record 1:50.85 and in the heats this morning, he clocked 1:51.51 (fifth place in Heat 8) to advance in 15th place to the semi-finals. There were nine heats in all.