PBs lowered during opening session in Dublin

13 Aug 2018

Six para-swimmers kicked off Great Britain’s campaign at the World Para Swimming Allianz European Championships 2018 in Dublin with new personal bests and finals berths secured.

First to take to the water at National Aquatic Centre was Megan Richter, making her senior international debut, she went in the SM8 200m Individual Medley heats and posted a new lifetime best of 2:56.73.

She comfortably booked herself into this evening’s final to contest for the European Championship title.

Great Britain had a trio of athletes in the Women’s S6 50m Freestyle, Maisie Summers-Newton, Ellie Robinson and Tully Kearney, all progressed and will complete another lap of pool in the Irish capital to challenge for the medals.

Summers-Newton, who also made her international debut after missing out on a chance to race at last year’s World Championships in Mexico, improved on her best 50m Freestyle time, she touched the wall and stopped the clock on 35.04.

Commonwealth Champion Eleanor Robinson served up a controlled heats swim to secure herself a place in the final after she topped the board in her heat with a time of 34.22, just over a tenth of a second off her best time.

The Men’s SB14 100m Breaststroke rounded off the day one heats session with Conner Morrison, GBR international debutant, and Paralympic silver medallist Scott Quin both finishing first in their respective heats and earnt themselves a finals berth.

Day one finals session begins at 6pm (UK time) and you can watch all the action on the British Swimming website and Facebook page.

Click here for full results and times from the opening heats session of the World Para Swimming Allianz European Championships 2018 in Dublin.