Swim Ireland has announced today that Chris Bryan, Fiona Doyle, Sycerika McMahon and Barry Murphy will all represent Ireland at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona Spain from the 20th July – 4th August 2013.
Chris Bryan will be the first of the Irish to compete when he swims the 10K Open Water event on the 22nd July. Bryan has showed good form so far this season with a win at the Portuguese Open Water Championships earlier this month. In preparation for the World Championships, the 22 year old based at Swim Ireland’s Performance Centre in Limerick, will compete in a test event in Barcelona on June 14th before he travels to Kazan, Russia for the World University Games on the 17th July.
Canada based swimmer Fiona Doyle has also shown good form in recent months, she has broken both the 100m and 200m Irish Senior Breaststroke Records so far in 2013. Swimming for the University of Calgary at the Mel Zajac International Meet in Vancouver in May, Doyle finished second to London Olympian Tera Van Beilan in both the 100m and 200m Breaststroke. The 21 year old Limerick swimmer has also qualified for the World University Games in Russia in July.
European Silver medallist Sycerika McMahon made the qualification time for World’s during the London 2012 Olympic Games when she swam 2:14.76 in the 200m Individual Medley. Following the World Championships McMahon will take up a swimming scholarship at Texas A&M.
Swim Ireland has also selected Barry Murphy to compete at the World Championships based on his 50m Breaststroke time. Although only freestyle was included in the consideration standards for the 50 metre events, replicating the Olympic Games qualification events, Swim Ireland, on a recommendation from the National Performance Director has decided to select Murphy on his time of 27.53 in the 50m Breaststroke from Irish Nationals in April which was below the FINA A Standard and ranks him 10th in the World this year for this event.
Murphy will travel to Rome in June (13th – 16th) to compete at the Sette Colli International in preparation for the World Championships.