Shortt Becomes Junior European Champion

ByEmma Porter |

The European Aquatics Junior Swimming Championships took place from Tuesday 2nd – Sunday 7th July in Vilnius, Lithuania. Swim Ireland had a 12 strong team in attendance, three attending their second European Juniors, five taking a step up from the European Youth Olympic Festival in 2023 and four making their Ireland debuts.

John Shortt became Ireland’s first ever male European Junior Champion, winning the 200m backstroke in a time of 1:57.68. The win was also Ireland’s first European Junior Gold for Ireland since 2017, as well as being both an Irish Junior and Irish Senior Record. The time was less than .20 from the Olympic Qualification standard in the event, suggesting a bright future in the pool for Shortt.
Shortt went on to claim a European Junior silver medal in the 100 Backstroke Final later in the week, clocking 54.74.
Grace Davison was also in strong form, securing both an Irish Junior Record in the 100m Freestyle in the semi-finals, and a bronze medal in the event’s final.
The last morning of the European Junior Swimming Championships in Vilnius saw the Ireland Men’s team of John Shortt, Adam Bradley, Sean Donnellan and Matthew Hamilton closing with a new Irish Junior Record in the 4x100m Medley Relay. The Ireland men’s 4×100 Medley Relay team set a new Irish Junior Record on the final day of the 2024 European Aquatics Junior Swimming Championships, clocking a combined 3:47.08 to break the 2019 Junior Record of 3:47.73!
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