December 18, 2021

Tokyo 2020 Olympian Mona McSharry on Saturday swam her third Irish Senior Record of the week to make the 100m Individual Medley Semi-Finals at the 15th FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships in Abu Dhabi.

Taking place at the Etihad Arena, the Championships are world swimming’s finale of 2021 and the culmination of the short course (25m pool) season.

McSharry, who finished an agonising fourth in Friday’s 50m Breaststroke Final, became the first Irish woman to swim 100m Individual Medley in under a minute when coming through her heat in 59.65.

She beat her own Irish Senior Record of 1:00.34 set in December 2018.

The Sligo swimmer, based at University of Tennessee, finished third in her heat and goes into the Semi-Finals on Saturday afternoon ranked joint 15th overall.

Mona McSharry said: “It definitely hurt coming home but it was a really good time. My target was to break the minute. I’ve kinda had that on my mind for a couple of years. I’m really happy with how that went. Hopefully I can improve even more.”

The 100m Individual Medley Semi-Finals begin at 15:08 Irish time. McSharry is also set to be in action on Sunday morning in the heats of 100m Breaststroke. This is the event in which she became Ireland’s first Olympic finalist in 25 years at Tokyo 2020.

Also swimming this morning’s heats was Tyrone swimmer Calum Bain. Based at Stirling University in Scotland, he was bang on his lifetime best time of 21.61 in the 50m Freestyle heats. He finished 20thoverall and is scheduled to be back at the Etihad Arena on Sunday for the 50m Butterfly heats.

Earlier 400m Individual Medley Silver Medallist Ellen Walshe clocked 26.33 in her 50m Butterfly heats to finish 22nd. Her next events come on Monday when she is scheduled to swim 100m Butterfly and 200m Individual Medley.

All the action can be followed via


Mona McSharry's Irish Senior Record Swims in Abu Dhabi

50m Breaststroke Semi-Final - 29.65

50m Breaststroke Final - 29.59

100m Individual Medley - 59.65

Ellen Walshe’s Irish Senior Record Swims in Abu Dhabi

400m Individual Medley Heats – 4:30.78

400m Individual Medley Final – 4:26.52

Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay – Heats: 3:12.94

Calum Bain, Brendan Hyland, Jack McMillan, Jordan Sloan


Saturday Morning Heats Results:

50m Butterfly – Top 16 go to Semi-Final

Ellen Walshe – 26.33 – 22nd

100m Individual Medley – Top 16 go to Semi-Final

Mona McSharry – 59.65 – 15th

50m Freestyle – Top 16 go to Semi-Final

Calum Bain – 21.61 – 20th


Saturday Afternoon Schedule

15:08 Mona McSharry - 100m Individual Medley Semi-Final

Sunday Morning Heats Schedule – Starts 05:30

Danielle Hill – 50m Backstroke

Mona McSharry & Niamh Coyne – 100m Breaststroke

Calum Bain – 50m Butterfly

Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay

Monday Morning Heats Schedule – Starts 05:30

Ellen Walshe – 200m Individual Medley

Ellen Walshe – 100m Butterfly

Jack McMillan – 100m Freestyle

Daniel Wiffen – 1500m Freestyle

*All times are Irish. Abu Dhabi = +4hrs

Find the full Irish schedule at Swim Ireland FINA World SC Swimming Championships 2021

Swim Ireland Team

2021 FINA World Championships (25m)

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