Sligo’s Mona McSharry has booked her place in the finals of the women’s 50 freestyle as second fastest qualifier, breaking her own national record by 0.12 seconds with a time of 25.42. “That was amazing,” said an elated McSharry after the race, “Anything I did this morning that I didn’t feel comfortable with I really tried to focus on it. I took a breath a bit later and just powered into the wall. I didn’t expect that but it’s just amazing, I feel amazing.”

Mona continued; “I just got out of the block, and honestly I felt a bit tired, I’ve been feeling tired in the evenings, it’s quite warm in here. I just dived in, and powered through my leg kick, burst out through the water, took my three breaths when I needed to and just hammered into the wall. I just got that time!”

McSharry will now race in her third final this week; “I’m really excited about that, I wanted to make the final in the 50 but after my breaststroke events I didn’t expect that, it’s just amazing!”

Before her race, the Sligo swimmer always has the same routine, “I am just concentrating on the race at hand and try to not get caught up on negative thoughts. Really just making sure I’m in the moment, because whatever happens, happens, you just got to keep going. I’m just so happy!”

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