7 Olympians Among Swim Ireland Team for World Swimming Championships

December 10, 2021

Seven of Ireland’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic swimmers will be among Swim Ireland’s 11-strong team competing this week at the 15th FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships in Abu Dhabi.

Ireland’s swimming and diving team in Japan was the largest Irish aquatics team assembled for an Olympic Games since 1908, and it produced an historic first finalist in 25 years (Mona McSharry), as well as a first ever men’s relay team, and a first female competitor in diving (Tanya Watson).

Additionally, Jack McMillan, Mona McSharry, Shane Ryan and Daniel Wiffen set new Irish Senior Records in 200m Freestyle, 200m Breaststroke, 100m Butterfly and 800m and 1500m Freestyle.

Now seven of this team return to the world stage from Thursday, December 16 to Tuesday, December 21, Olympians Danielle Hill, Brendan Hyland, Finn McGeever, Ellen Walshe, McMillan, McSharry and Wiffen joined by Calum Bain, Niamh Coyne, Robert Powell and Jordan Sloan.

Jon Rudd, Swim Ireland’s National Performance Director, said: “The World Short Course Championships is always an exciting event and the culmination of the short course (25m pool) season on the swimming calendar, with this season usually recognised as the September to December period each year.

“This is an exciting team, which features most of our recent Tokyo Olympians, amongst others with strong hopes and ambitions for the Olympic cycle ahead.

“We have some very notable Irish short course racing results from these athletes at recent events in Ireland, England and the USA (in both 25 metre and 25 yard pools) and how these now transfer to a major Championships on a World stage will be very interesting to see.

“Unfortunately, Shane Ryan will not be part of the team this time whilst he recovers from a shoulder operation, something which we all agreed should take place well in advance of the 2022 summer benchmark meets, and we wish him all the very best for his rehabilitation programme in the weeks to come."

The FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships will be livestreamed by FINA. For more details visit fina.org.

You can follow Ireland’s progress in Abu Dhabi via Swim Ireland’s social media channels and via the livestreams and live timing listed at How to Follow Short Course Finales.

Swim Ireland Team

FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships, 2021

Abu Dhabi, UAE | December 16-21

Calum Bain - University of Stirling, Scotland - Coach: Bradley Hay

Niamh Coyne - National Centre (Dublin) - Coach: Ben Higson

Danielle Hill - Larne Swimming Club - Coach: Peter Hill

Brendan Hyland - National Centre (Dublin) - Coach: Ben Higson

Finn McGeever - National Centre (Limerick) - Coach: John Szaranek

Jack McMillan - National Centre (Ulster) - Coach: Davy Johnston

Mona McSharry - University of Tennessee, USA - Coach: Matt Kredich

Robert Powell - National Centre (Dublin) - Coach: Ben Higson

Jordan Sloan - National Centre (Ulster) - Coach: Davy Johnston

Ellen Walshe - University of Tennessee, USA - Coach: Matt Kredich

Daniel Wiffen - Loughborough University, England - Coach: Andi Manley

Swim Ireland Schedule

Thursday, December 16 - Heats

Finn McGeever - 400m Freestyle

Mona McSharry - 50m Breaststroke

Ellen Walshe - 400m Individual Medley

Jack McMillan - 200m Individual Medley

Danielle Hill - 100m Backstroke

Men's 4x100m Freestyle Relay

Friday, December 17 - Heats

Jack McMillan & Jordan Sloan - 200m Freestyle

Danielle Hill - 100m Freestyle

Brendan Hyland - 100m Butterfly

Ellen Walshe - 200m Butterfly

Saturday, December 18 - Heats

Ellen Walshe - 50m Butterfly

Callum Bain - 50m Freestyke

Mona McSharry - 100m Individual Medley

Sunday, December 19 - Heats

Danielle Hill - 50m Backstroke

Mona McSharry - 100m Breaststroke

Men's 4x200m Freestyle Relay

Monday, December 20 - Heats

Ellen Walshe - 200m Individual Medley & 100m Butterfly

Danielle Hill - 50m Freestyle

Daniel Wiffen - 1500m Freestyle

Tuesday, December 21 - Heats

Mona McSharry & Niamh Coyne - 200m Breaststroke