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McMillan and Sloan show class to make Euro final

 

Jack McMillan
Jack McMillan
David Kelly

By David Kelly

Northern Ireland's Jack McMillan and Jordan Sloan were on song yesterday as they both made the final of the 200m freestyle at the European Short Course championships in Glasgow.

As was the case in the morning heats, McMillan was the quicker of the two Bangor lads.

McMillan touched just outside the Irish record of 1:43.18 he swam in the morning, clocking 1:43.69 for seventh place.

Sloan came home eighth in 1:44.56.

For 19-year-old McMillan, it is a huge step forward as he continues to develop from junior to senior competitor.

The performances of Sloan and McMillan just added to the fine start the Irish have made in Glasgow, in particular Mona McSharry who won 50m breaststroke bronze.

Lithuania's Danas Rapsys took the 200m free gold in 1:41.12, with Great Britain's fastest qualifier, Duncan Scott, having to settle for silver in 1:41.42.

Ireland's Shane Ryan qualified fourth fastest for this evening's 100m backstroke final after winning both his morning heat and later semi-final.

Ryan clocked 50.45 seconds in his morning swim before being 0.03 slower in the opening semi-final.

Lisburn's Daniel Wiffen lived up to his own expectations in the 1500m freestyle when he smashed the Irish junior record.

Wiffen set a new best of 15:04.47 to win his heat and is now aiming to under the 15-minute mark at next week's Irish championships.

His new time is also an Ulster senior record.

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