Well Done Conor!

Well Done Conor!

07 Aug 2015


Well done to Conor Ferguson who won double backstroke silver at the European Youth Olympic Festival!

Conor will be competing at the World Juniors and Youth Commonwealth Games later in the Summer.

Silver and Bronze for Irish at European Youth Olympics

Swim Ireland Press Release

28th July 2015

Irish swimmers Conor Ferguson and Antoinette Neamt have won Silver and Bronze medals on Day 2 of the European Youth Olympics in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Larne’s Conor Ferguson was Ireland’s first medallist securing Silver in the Final of the 100m Backstroke. 16 year old Ferguson was ranked 2nd going into the Final after he won his semi-final yesterday in 56.61. He held that position in the Final bettering his time to 56.44 to claim the medal, holding off Poland’s Kacper Stokowski to Bronze in 56.97. Spain’s Hugo De Oliveira won Gold in 55.78 seconds.

Tallaght and Swim Ireland Performance Centre swimmer Antoinette Neamt was next to take her medal in an extremely close race. The 14 year old, swimming in the 800m Freestyle, clocked 8 minutes 47.12 seconds to win Bronze, just .13 of a second behind Silver medallist Petra Barocsai of Hungary. The 800m Freestyle Gold medal went to Barocsai’s Hungarian team mate Ajna Kesely in 8:44.72.

The two medals are first International medals for Neamt and Ferguson, both are also ranked in the top three in their final events this week, the Girl’s 400m Freestyle and Boy’s 200m Backstroke.

Ireland’s Mixed Medley Relay of Ferguson, Niamh Coyne, Ellen Walshe and Robert Powell combined to make the Final of the event in eighth place in 4:08.85 this morning. The quartet went on to smash that time in the Final finishing 4th in a new Irish Record of 4:04.44 behind Russia (3:58.49), Germany (4:02.43) and Slovenia (4:03.03).

Also in Finals action this evening Rebecca Reid of Ards SC progressed from the heats of the 100m Freestyle after she won her heat in a new best time of 59.81 seconds, breaking 1 minute for the first time. Reid went on to better that time placing 14th overall in the semi-finals in 59.66.

Earlier this morning Ellen Walshe continued her good form following a 4th place finish in the 200m Butterfly Final yesterday with a new personal best in the 100m Freestyle clocking 1:00.57. In the 400m Freestyle Jack McMillan touched in 4 minutes 12.89 seconds while Robert Powell swam the 50m Freestyle in 24.80 seconds.

Racing continues tomorrow (Wednesday) with 5 Irish swimmers in action.


Double Silver for Ireland on Final Day in Tbilisi

Swim Ireland Press Release

31st July 2015

Irish swimmers brought the total medal tally to 5 as Ellen Walshe and Conor Ferguson both won Silver on the final day of competition at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Conor Ferguson doubled his Silver medal tally in the 200m Backstroke Final adding to the 100m medal he won on Tuesday. The 15 year old of Larne Swimming Club advanced from the morning heats in 6th place swimming 2:05.83. He then put in a fantastic performance in the Final to claim his second medal of the week in 2 minutes 3.21 seconds. Russia’s Pavel Tatarenko won the Gold medal in 2:03.21

Just minutes later Ellen Walshe won her first international medal taking Silver in the 100m Butterfly. The 13 year old from Templeogue SC had set an Irish Junior Record in yesterday’s semi-final of 1:01.72 and went on to win the Silver medal in today’s Final in 1:02.17. Petra Barocsai of Hungary took Gold in 1:01.46 with Belgium’s Charissa Jochems in the Bronze medal position in 1:02.44.

The 2015 European Youth Olympic Festival is Swim Ireland’s best to date. The five medals were won by three swimmers including Walshe, Ferguson and Antoinette Neamt who won 800m Freestyle Bronze and 400m Freestyle Silver. Ireland’s previous best had been in 2009 when Sycerika McMahon won a silver and two Bronze medals. The eight strong team competed in nine Finals which included two fourth place finishes.

Also today, Niamh Coyne progressed to her second Final in as many days in the 200m Breaststroke. Coyne was ranked 8th going into this afternoon’s Final after a 2:39.70 swim in the heats. The Tallaght and Swim Ireland NAC Performance Centre swimmer went on to set a new personal best and take almost 2 seconds off her morning time in the Final to finish 6th overall in 2:37.83

In this morning’s heats Emma Moloney touched in 2:44.18 in the 200m Breaststroke and Robert Powell concluded the week with a 2:14.20 in the 200m Butterfly. Rebecca Reid clocked 2:10.12 in the 200m Freestyle while Jack McMillan swam the 1500m Freestyle in 17:04.88. Ireland’s 400m Medley Relay of Rebecca Reid, Niamh Coyne, Ellen Walshe and Antoinette Neamt just missed out on the Final by six tenths of a second finishing 9th in 4:25.74.

Chris Bryan returns to action at the World Championships in Russia tomorrow. The Clare native will compete in the 25K Open Water swim in the Kazanka River in Kazan.

The pool event will begin on Sunday with Fiona Doyle, Sycerika McMahon and Alex Murphy competing over the seven day competition running to Saturday 8th August. On Sunday, McMahon will compete in the 200m Individual Medley with Murphy swimming in the 100m Breaststroke heats.




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