Two Laois men have been included in Swim Ireland’s national teams for this summer’s meets in Gwangju, Korea and Kazan, Russia.
Portarlington’s Shane Ryan, Ireland’s first ever medalist at the World Championships in 2018, will spearhead the Irish team travelling to the World Championships in Korea in July, while Portlaoise’s Sean Scannell will represent Ireland at the European Junior Championships in Russia in July.
Twenty-five year-old Ryan is already an established member of the Irish squad having secured Ireland’s first ever World Championship swimming medal last year as well as setting a new Irish record in the 100m freestyle event. Ryan booked his place at the World Championship’s two-weeks ago by winning the men’s 100 metres backstroke at the Irish Open swimming championships at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin.
Scannell, a former Portlaoise CBS student and member of Kilkenny Swimming Club, qualified for the European Junior Championships in the 200m Backstroke at the Irish Open Swimming Championships taking silver in 2:04.40. He’ll be one of just eight athletes selected to head to Russia in July, with a blend of individual and relay performances considered amongst the athletes selected.