Swim Ireland round out a successful meet at the US Open by claiming 2nd place overall in the combined team rankings as well as the 2nd place female team ranking.
A group of 14 swimmers competed at the US Open representing Ireland. Swim Ireland in consultation with athletes, made a decision this year to take these long course swimming opportunities rather than compete at the FINA World SC Championships as preparation continues towards the 2023 World Championships and Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
The final night of the US Open saw three more medals going to the Irish team, with a gold in the Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay (Danielle Hill, Grace Davison, Mona McSharry, Victoria Catterson), silver in the Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay (Evan Bailey, Jack Cassin, Tom Fannon, Thomas Legget), and a silver medal to Mona McSharry in the Women’s 200m Breaststroke.
Mona McSharry was on form throughout the meet, claiming gold in the 100m Breaststroke. Darragh Greene was action in action in the Men’s A Final of the 100m Breaststroke, while Niamh Coyne took the win in the Women’s B Final of the same event.
The Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay of Danielle Hill, Mona McSharry, Molly Mayne and Victoria Catterson also took the top spot to bring home gold earlier in the meet, while the Mens 4x100m Medley took a strong fourth place. Danielle Hill was in action the same day to take 6th in the 50m Freestyle A Final.
The event provided international long course racing experience to a number of up and coming international athletes, who added to the above results by securing a number of B and C Final places. The experience will hopefully serve them well as they seek to qualify for long course World Championships in 2023.
Speaking on the results, Performance Director Jon Rudd said, “We were very happy with the strategic decision to provide athletes with an additional international long course racing experience leading into 2023, and both the US Open and the Rotterdam Qualifying Meet served us well in this regard. 2023 is an important year with a long course World Championships in the summer and if we have aided athletes to prepare for that with these additional opportunities, then our objective is met.”