Talented Longford swimmers, Darragh Greene and Gerry Quinn, are making a major impression at the Irish Open Swimming Championships in the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin.
On Day 1 of the event, (Thursday, April 6), Darragh Greene, swimming in the UCD colours, captured a gold medal in the 50m Breaststroke and his super performance ensured qualification for the World University Swimming Championships which take place in Chinese Taipei from August 20 to 27.
While, yesterday (Friday, April 7), Darragh also won a silver medal in the 100m Breaststroke after narrowly losing out to Rio 2016 Olympian Nicholas Quinn. The UCD swimmer’s time of 1:01.91 was just 0.18 of a second behind the victorious Castlebar club man.
Gerry Quinn (Longford Swim Club) enjoyed a bronze medal performance on Thursday in the 200m Freestyle Final in a time of 1:51.59.
It was a particularly competitive race with the gold medal winner, Bangor’s Jordan Sloan, setting a new Irish Senior Record during the heats.
Sloan broke Ryan Harrison’s 2009 Record of 1:47.94 and his time of 1:47.41 was under the qualification time for both the World Championships in Budapest and World University Games in Chinese Taipei and ranks within the top 10 swims in the world so far this season.
He won the final in 1:47.77 ahead of Bangor team mate Jack Millan in 1:51.03, and Longford’s Gerry Quinn 1:51.59.
In addition to Darragh Greene and Gerry Quinn, Longford’s Patrick Flanagan is also competing at the Irish Open Swimming Championships which continue in the National Aquatic Centre today and tomorrow.
Day 1 Results
Men 50m Breaststroke Final
1st Darragh Greene (UCD) 28.07, 2nd Jamie Graham (Bangor) 28.14, 3rd Andrew Moore (UCD) 28.96.
Men 200m Freestyle Final
1st Jordan Sloan (Bangor) 1:47.77 (1:47.41 Heat Swim Irish Record), 2nd Jack McMillan (Bangor) 1:51.03, 3rd Gerry Quinn (Longford) 1:51.59.
Day 2 Results
Men 100m Breaststroke Final
1st Nicholas Quinn (Castlebar) 1:01.73, 2nd Darragh Greene (UCD) 1:01.91, 3rd Jamie Graham (Bangor) 1:02.50.