Greene Sets National 200m Breaststroke Record

Darragh Greene stole the show on Day 2 of the Irish Open Swimming Championships at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin.

The Longford man took down Andrew Bree’s 11-year-old Irish Senior Record in 2:10.05, when winning 200m breaststroke gold.

“I would have been happy with a personal best” explained Greene “the record is a huge bonus, especially an 11-year-old record. I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do in the summer now”.

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Greene was over two seconds clear of silver medallist Nicholas Quinn (2:12.11) with Uiseann Cooke of national centre Limerick taking bronze in 2:16.73.

Greene’s time, an Irish Record, Championship Record and under the consideration time for World Championships again.

Bree, who had set the record in the event in the semi-final of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, was on hand to present the record certificate to Greene this evening.

Rio 2016 Olympian Shane Ryan and his National Centre Dublin team mates Jordan Sloan and Robbie Powell went head to head in the 100m Freestyle Final.

Ryan retained the National Title, clocking 49.28 seconds, Sloan claimed silver in 49.71 while Powell completed the podium in 50.03.

The top four combined times were also under the consideration time for the 4x100m Freestyle Relay at World Championships.

Niamh Coyne doubled up on her gold medals in the Women’s 200m Breaststroke to take the National Title.

Scotland’s European, World and Commonwealth Games medallist Hannah Miley was first home in 2:29.40 just ahead of Coyne who clocked 2:30.09.

Miley returned to action in the final event of the night, the 400m Individual Medley and took a second commemorative gold medal in 4:47.63.

Templeogue’s Ellen Walshe claimed the National Title in 4:51.04. Ards’ Amelia Kane claimed the silver medal in 4:45.70 and joined Eoin Corby in going under the consideration times for both European and World Junior Championships.

Edel Daly retained the 800m Freestyle National Title in 9:15.03. The National Centre Limerick swimmer cruised to victory ahead of Trojan’s Grace Hodgins (9:19.74) and Leander’s Ella Donegan (9:20.71).

After months of injury, Larne’s Danielle Hill returned to form with a win in the 50m Freestyle of 25.77, UCD’s Erin Riordan just behind in 25.94.

Conor Ferguson took his first title of the week in the 50m Backstroke. Ferguson clocked 25.32 ahead of his National Centre Dublin team mate Rory McEvoy (25.93).