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Mona McSharry

Mona McSharry

Mona McSharry

Ireland’s Mona McSharry looks is one strong swim away from a medal after she qualified for the 100m breaststroke final as the third-fastest qualifier at the European Swimming Championships in Rome.

McSharry entered the semi-finals as the fifth seed in 1:07.11 but the 21-year-old moved up the rankings in her semi-final where she clocked 1:06.44 to place second just behind world champion Benedatta Pilato of Italy in 1:06.16.

McSharry progressed third overall behind Pilato and 2012 Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania.

McSharry, whose Irish record stands at 1:06.29, finished seventh in the 2021 European final in Budapest.

Niamh Coyne missed out on a spot in the the 100m breaststroke final after the 21-year-old swam 1:08.00 for sixth in the semi-final and 11th overall.

Shane Ryan dives in for his first swim of the week in the 100m butterfly today, where he is joined by Brendan Hyland and Max McCusker.

Victoria Catterson swims the 200m freestyle, an event in which she broke a 25-year-old Irish record in at the Commonwealth Games earlier this month.

Danielle Hill returns for the 50m backstroke and Darragh Greene swims the 200m breaststroke along with Eoin Corby.

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