Shani makes mark with strong team at Euros

Kilkenny swimmer, Shani Stallard, didn’t make the European finals in Hungary, but she made one heck of a splash.

Kilkenny swimmer, Shani Stallard, didn’t make the European finals in Hungary, but she made one heck of a splash.

In the 200m breaststroke semi-finals, Shani Stallard (2.32.11) and Fiona Doyle (2.33.97) could not lower their times posted earlier when finishing 15th and 16th overall.

For 18-year-old Stallard, competing in her first senior international competition, reaching the semi-finals was a great result. All eight squad members made either a semi-final or final at the championships, making it Ireland’s most successful European Championships ever.

Peter Banks, Swim Ireland’s High Performance Director said it was a great week for Irish swimming at the Euros. Two FINA ‘A’ standard times were posted earlier in the week and then to top it off Ireland won a silver medal.

“The team have had a great championship overall,” he insisted.

In what has been an extremely successful championship for Irish swimming, the team had four finalists, eight semi-finalists, set three new Irish senior records, had two Olympic qualifications and won a silver medal.