Updated: 16/12/17 : 07:10:38
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Mona in swim final and on live telly shortlist

GRANGE TEENAGER Mona McSharry is through the final of the 100m breaststroke at the European Short Course Swimming Championships this afternoon, Saturday.

The event in Copenhagen is due to commence circa 4.15pm.

Later tonight, McSharry is one of three shortlisted for the inaugural RT… Sportsí Young Sportsperson of the Year which will be televised live. See link below.

Yesterday, McSharry comfortably won the first of the seeded heats of her favoured event in a time of 1:05.36.

Second Fastest

That was just outside her own Irish record (1:05.27) as the 17-year-old posted the second fastest time of all competitors.

Then in the semi final, she was third with a time of 1:05.40 ó and just made it through to the final in eighth place, her first-ever senior final.

Said McSharry: ďIt's amazing, itís unreal, to be able to come from juniors into seniors and into a final, top eight in Europe, thatís a dream really.

Screaming, Shouting

"To walk up the ramp and everyone was screaming and shouting and all the tiers filled with people, itís a great feeling."

Added McSharry: ďI raced it a little too much today, I need to concentrate more on my stroke count.

ď(I need to) trust that what Iím doing is going to work a little more tomorrow, but definitely not a bad race."
The Grange teenager who trains with the Marlin Club in Ballyshannon has her sights set on Olympic Games in Tokyo 2024 and Paris 2024.

Link: See Sligo Today 13/12/2017.