Portarlington's Ryan sets new Irish Swimming record

Portarlington's Ryan sets new Irish Swimming record

Irish/American swimmer Shane Ryan set a new Irish Senior Record in the 25m pool on Thursday night at Match 5 of the 2021 International Swimming League.

Finishing second in the Men's 50m Freestyle, he clocked 21.37s. He set the previous short course record - 21.41s - in December 2019.

Ryan also won the Men's 50m Backstroke Final and led out his team Toronto Titans to win the Men's 4x100 Medley Relay.

Toronto Titans top the table with a 50pt lead over DC Trident going into Friday night's Day 2 of Match 5.

Friday night's second leg of Match 5 begins at 19:03 Irish time. Hill’s Team Iron and Ryan’s Toronto Titans will also be in action in Match 6, which takes places across September 16-17. In that match, they race against Cali Condors and New York Breakers.

Ryan, whose father hails from Portarlington, qualified to swim for Ireland and represented the Irish team in the recent Olympic Games in Tokyo.

An outstanding swimmer, he is proud of his Portarlington roots and has been known to be a frequent visitor to the town in recent years.

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