June 24, 2021

Swim Ireland's Performance Meet got off to a flying start on Thursday morning at the Sport Ireland National Aquatic Centre when Bangor Swimming Club's Jack McMillan hit 1:47.11 in 200m Freestyle - missing the FINA 'A' time for Tokyo 2020 by just 0.09s.

The Irish Senior Record holder's best at Irish National Team Trials in April was 1:47.43, but he posted 1:47.10 at the Irish Winter Meet in December and will be gunning for that magic 1:47.02 in tonight's Final.

In what is one of the strongest events at this meet, McMillan was pushed all the way by team mate Jordan Sloan, National Centre Dublin's Gerry Quinn and National Centre Limerick's Finn McGeever - the present Irish Senior Record holder in 400m Freestyle.

They all meet again in the final in search of that elusive individual Olympic Consideration Time.

Also in search of a FINA 'A' time tonight is Ireland's fastest female swimmer of all-time, Danielle Hill, who clocked 1:01.49 in 100m Backstroke this morning. Her best of 1:00.34 is only 0.09s off the FINA 'A' time.

Larne Swimming Club team mate Conor Ferguson will also bid for a Tokyo 2020 place in the same event this evening, having swum 54.52 in the heats. The FINA 'A' time is 53.85.

National Centre Limerick's Eoin Corby put himself in Olympic contention at the Irish National Team Trials when swimming a lifetime best of 1:00.15 in 100m Breaststroke. He touched in 1:00.80 in the first round of that event this morning, setting up an exciting final. The 19-year-old will also be in action in 200m Breaststroke on Saturday.

In the women's event, Niamh Coyne is in search of 1:07.07 to earn Olympic Consideration and opened up her bid with 1:09.09.

Irish Senior Record holders Brendan Hyland and Ellen Walshe were in action in 200m and 100m Butterfly, posting 2:00.09 and 1:04.81, and in 100m Freestyle, Victoria Catterson was first home in 56.42.

Finals begin at 17:30, when we will also see the Men's 800m Freestyle and Women's 1500m Freestyle.

Keep up to date with the action via twitter.com/swimireland.