Mona McSharry was back in action over short course yards this weekend at the Tennessee Invite. Clocking a 56.87 for the 100-yard breaststroke McSharry broke her own SEC (South East Conference) record over the distance, as well as the University of Tennessee (UT) school record, by 0.29 of a second.
The swim also marked the first fallen record for UT for the season, as well as securing her NCAA spot for the event. It is also the fastest time over short course yards this year and would have taken the NCAA title last season.
Associate Head Coach Ashley Jahn had this to say about Mona’s impressive outing, “Mona had a phenomenal swim. She’s a model for consistency, the process, and the drive to get better. All of those pieces are continuing to fall into place for her because she’s just so driven and so consistent with it. A great leader for our team, and a fantastic competitor.”
BUCS Records Fall
Meanwhile, closer to home, the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Swimming Short Course Championships took place in Ponds Forge, with over 1,000 athletes from 80 institutions taking part in three days of competitive racing.
Daniel Wiffen posted World leading times in the 400m, 800m, and 1500m freestyle events, with BUCS records in each, to be named Male Swimmer of the Meet. Nathan Wiffen was also 3rd in the 800m freestyle, and 4th in the 400m, claiming 3rd in the overall rankings for Male Swimmer of the Meet.
Also in action at BUCS were Conor Ferguson and Uiseann Cooke. Ferguson took home bronze in both the 100m and 200m backstroke, while Cooke also claimed bronze in the 200m breaststroke.
Grace Davison was also in form this weekend at the Ulster Short Course Championships, setting a new 100m Freestyle Irish Junior Record with a time of 55.35.