Coyne strikes gold in Irish Open start
Tallaght's Niamh Coyne won the 100m Breaststroke at the Swim Ireland Irish Open Championship

Coyne strikes gold in Irish Open start

NIAMH Coyne ignited her 2022 Swim Ireland Irish Open Championship with gold in the 100m Breaststroke last night.

Taking place at the Sport Ireland National Aquatic Centre, the five-day event, which is running for the first time since 2019, saw the Tallaght and National Centre Swimmer race home to a convincing win in a time of 1:07.83, which has also earned her consideration for the upcoming European Championships in Italy in August.

She finished ahead of runner-up Molly Mayne of Templeogue who clocked 1:10.29 in what was enough to earn her consideration for the European Juniors along with Ellie McCartney who finished up in 1:11.59.

What’s more, Coyne will also be gearing up for this evening’s 50m Breaststroke Final having qualified fourth this morning in a time of 34.01.

This year’s Championships sees almost 400 swimmers, representing 74 clubs, compete for national titles in 34 individual events and places on seven Irish National teams.

Other local swimmers, Brendan Hyland and Ellen Walshe, who are based overseas, are among nine Irish Olympians who have been pre-selected for this year’s European Championships.

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