May 22, 2021

Ireland has now set a new Irish Senior Record in every relay it has competed in so far at the LEN European Aquatics Championships, after the Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay clocked a new record of 3:33.06 on Saturday morning.

Max McCusker, Jordan Sloan, Erin Riordan and Victoria Catterson lowered the Irish record in the heats by more than four seconds, bringing Ireland’s total new relay records set this week to eight - and finishing 10th overall.

On Monday the Men’s and Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay teams began the record-breaking streak, then on Tuesday the Mixed 4x200m Freestyle Relay was set and broken in the heats and final.

Wednesday saw Ireland’s Olympic relay qualification hopes soar as the Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay broke the national record twice, to finish 5th in Europe.

Finally, on Thursday, the Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay lowered the Irish record by more than three seconds, and on Saturday it was the turn of the Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay (which is not an Olympic event).

On Sunday, Ireland’s bid to qualify a first Olympic relay team since 1972 comes to a close with the Men’s and Women’s 4x100m Medley Relays.

The Men’s team came into these championships ranked highest of all Ireland’s Olympic relay teams, having finished 14th at the 2019 World Championships in the standing Irish record time of 3:35.23.

The Women’s record for this relay of 4:12.29 has stood since 2018 and it will be the goal for each team to once again set new Irish Senior Records, then sit back for the anxious wait until Olympic relay qualification ends on May 31 and Ireland’s relay learn whether or not they are going to Tokyo 2021.

Before the relay excitement on Saturday, National Centre Dublin’s Niamh Coyne clocked 31.99 to finish fourth in her 50m Breaststroke heat, swimming her fastest time in this event for more than two years.

It was her first international appearance for Ireland in 15 months and good preparation for her bid to qualify for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games in June.

Coyne posted a time of 1:07.58 in 100m Breaststroke event at the Irish National Team Trials in April, missing the FINA 'A' time needed for Olympic consideration by only 0.51 seconds.

The qualification period for individual swimming events ends on June 27 and Coyne is among 10 Irish swimmers who have not yet hit a FINA ‘A’ time, but are within 1.5% of a FINA ‘A’ time.

The athletes will be given one final opportunity next month to hit that time and earn consideration for the Olympic Games.

New Irish Senior Relay Records - Time (Time before this event)

Monday - Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay Record – 3:16.88 (3:17.38)

(Jack McMillan, Jordan Sloan, Shane Ryan, Max McCusker)

Monday - Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay Record – 3:44.37 (3:47.21)

(Mona McSharry, Danielle Hill, Victoria Catterson, Erin Riordan)

Tuesday - Mixed 4x200m Freestyle Relay Record – 7:51.24 then 7:50.41 (7:51.24)

(Max McCusker, Brendan Hyland, Naomi Trait, Victoria Catterson)

Wednesday - Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay Record – 7:12.73 then 7:12.00 (7:13.91)

(Finn McGeever, Jack McMillan, Gerry Quinn, Jordan Sloan)

Thursday - Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay Record – 3:49.08 (3:52.38)

(Shane Ryan, Darragh Greene, Ellen Walshe, Danielle Hill)

Saturday – Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay Record – 3:33.06 (3:37.86)

(Max McCusker, Jordan Sloan, Erin Riordan, Victoria Catterson)

You can watch all the swimming in Budapest live online via the links below.

LIVESTREAMS: RTE Player | Eurovision Livestream | LEN Livestream

For all results, please visit European Championships 2020 | Budapest (microplustiming.com)

IRISH SWIMMING SCHEDULE - LEN European Aquatics Championships 2021

Sunday, May 23

09:54 Men's 4x100m Medley Relay

(Final 18:11 if advancing)

10:08 Women's 4x100m Medley Relay

(Final 18:18 if advancing)

Irish Swimming Team for the LEN European Aquatics Championships 2021

Brendan Hyland– National Centre (Dublin)

Conor Ferguson– Larne Swimming Club

Daniel Wiffen– Loughborough University

Danielle Hill– Larne Swimming Club

Darragh Greene– National Centre (Dublin)

Ellen Walshe– Templeogue Swimming Club

Eoin Corby– National Centre (Limerick)

Erin Riordan– National Centre (Dublin)

Finn McGeever– National Centre (Limerick)

Gerry Quinn– National Centre (Limerick)

Jack McMillan– Bangor Swimming Club

Jordan Sloan– Bangor Swimming Club

Max McCusker– Florida State University

Mona McSharry– University of Tennessee

Naomi Trait– Kilkenny Swimming Club

Niamh Coyne– National Centre (Dublin)

Paddy Johnston– Ards Swimming Club

Robbie Powell– National Centre (Dublin)

Shane Ryan– National Centre (Dublin)

Victoria Catterson– Ards Swimming Club