26th July 2013
Three of Ireland’s top swimmers are gearing up for the FINA World Swimming Championships in Barcelona starting this Sunday (28th July).
The team of Barry Murphy, Fiona Doyle and Sycerika McMahon are already based in Barcelona ahead of the first day of racing at the Palau Sant Jordi, one of the main venues for the 1992 Olympic Games.
Sycerika McMahon will be the first Irish swimmer in action when she takes to the pool on Day 1 for her main event, the 200m Individual Medley. McMahon qualified for the event at the Olympic Games in July 2012 when she swam the FINA A time and a personal best of 2:14.76.
Barry Murphy will also take to the pool Sunday in the 50m Butterfly. Murphy has opted out of the 100m Breaststroke on the same day to concentrate on the Butterfly event. The Irish Record holder in the event, he set the record of 24.21 just last month at the Sette Colli International Meet in Rome.
World University Games Silver medallist Fiona Doyle will swim the 100m Breaststroke event on Day 2 (Monday). The current Irish Record holder swam a time of 1:07.66 at the World University Games earlier this month and is keen to lower this time even further at the Championships.
Speaking prior to the Championships, Swim Ireland’s National Performance Director Peter Banks said “Our goal is to have swimmers progress to the semi-finals and swim pb’s, this is an experienced group of swimmers and I’m excited to see how they are going to perform this week.
Press Releases will issue daily following heat and finals sessions.
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FINA World Championships
Ireland Team Schedule (Heats Only, Full Schedule Attached in Media Guide):
Day 1 Sun 28 July: Sycerika McMahon – 200m IM Barry Murphy – 50m Butterfly
Day 2 Mon 29 July: Fiona Doyle – 100m Breaststroke
Day 3 Tue 30 July: Barry Murphy – 50m Breaststroke Sycerika McMahon – 200m Freestyle
Day 4 Wed 31 July: No Irish Swimmers in Heats
Day 5 Thurs 1 August: Sycerika McMahon – 100m Freestyle Fiona Doyle – 200m Breaststroke
Day 6 Fri 2 August: Barry Murphy – 50m Freestyle
Day 7 Sat 3 August: Fiona Doyle – 50m Breaststroke
Day 8 Sun 4 August: No Irish Swimmers in Heats