Longford’s Gerry Quinn set a new Irish Junior record in the 200m Freestyle as Swim Ireland’s Irish Open Swimming Championships kicked off at Dublin’s National Aquatic Centre on Thursday.
There were ten national titles up for grabs on the first day of competition and Quinn’s super performance saw him add the 200m record to the 100m record he set at the Dave McCullagh Meet in March.
The 18 year old Longford Swimming Club member, who has already qualified for the European Junior Championships, broke Conor Leaney’s 2009 Record of 1:50.98 taking Gold in 1:50.85.
Darragh Greene ensured that Longford was celebrating double success. A member of the UCD Swimming Club, Darragh won the Men 50m Breaststroke Final in a time of 28.19.
The Irish Open Swimming Championships continue today Friday and continue on Saturday and Sunday, with Irish swimmers still on the hunt for Olympic and European qualification times.
400 swimmers from 73 clubs including 17 foreign clubs will compete across four days of competition for national titles in 34 individual and 6 team events.
Day One results
Men 200m Freestyle Final: 1st G Quinn Longford 1:50.85 IJR 2nd J Sloan Bangor 1:51.30 3rd D Power UCD 1:55.02
Men 50m Breaststroke Final: 1st D Greene UCD 28.19 2nd J Graham Bangor 28.21 3rd*L Pfyffer L SHK 29.59