Leaving Cert results day is one of the most stressful times in a young person’s life.
Most students dash out of bed and race to school for 9 am so they can check their results as soon as possible.
Most students, however, don’t have a World Para-Swimming Allianz European Championship race to contend with on the same day.
Ireland’s Sean O’Riordan is the newest member of the team having only made his debut at a World Series Event in Berlin last year.
On Wednesday morning on top of the stress of waiting for the results of his Leaving Cert, O’Riordan raced in the heats of the 200m Individual Medley.
O’Riordan acknowledged the importance of the results, however, outlining that he hadn’t even checked them prior to his race, almost an hour and a half after they had been released.
“So yeah I haven’t actually checked them yet but I’m going to check them now when I’m done but I’ve been told they are pretty good so fingers crossed.”
The Cork native delivered a new personal best in his heat and outlined that it was key to “focus on the race first”
“Another personal best now I was delighted I wasn’t expecting it, I think it was a one second PB so yeah I was thrilled to put up another personal best again.”
“Obviously yeah the results are very important but today I had to focus on the race first.”
Unfortunately for O’Riordan his time of 2:36 was not enough to qualify for this evening’s final but the young man was in good spirits and thanked the Irish fans for their continued support.
“Yeah I was coming out there and I heard a good few shouts and it kind of got me going again, it’s great to see the support out here in full voice when it’s Irish athletes.”
Also in this morning’s heats Team Ireland’s Nicole Turner finished second in the women’s 100m breaststroke, Barry McClements also finished second in the Men’s 100m Butterfly and they will join Ellen Keane in this evening’s final sessions after Keane went straight through to the Women’s 100m Butterfly.