May 19, 2021

Ireland’s Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay on Wednesday broke the Irish Senior Record twice at the LEN European Aquatics Championships, to finish 5th in Europe and put themselves bang in contention for Tokyo 2021 Olympic qualification.

Finn McGeever, Jack McMillan, Gerry Quinn and Jordan Sloan stormed through the heats in a new Irish Senior Record time of 7:12.73.

After re-jigging the starting order to McMillan, Sloan, McGeever and Quinn, the quartet then swam 0.73 seconds quicker in the final to clock 7:12.00 and earn a final finishing position of 5th in Europe.

This Irish relay team left the 2019 World Championships ranked 16th in the world, a position which would see them earn that coveted Tokyo 2021 selection.

Whilst much has happened since then, their performances in Budapest have given Ireland the best possible chance of earning selection for the Olympic Games when FINA’s qualification period ends on May 31.

Swim Ireland’s National Performance Director, Jon Rudd, said: “We couldn’t have asked any more from those four boys tonight – commitment to the cause, performing for each other and for the collective.

“An Irish Senior Record again, one place higher than the heats and a time that puts us very much in the mix. Only time will tell now if that is the historic swim we were looking for.”

No Irish swimming relay team has qualified for an Olympic Games since 1972, and no men’s Irish swimming relay team has ever qualified.

Earlier on Wednesday night, Mona McSharry swam yet another 100m Breaststroke under 67 seconds in the European Championships Final. Touching in 1:06.58, she finished 7th in Europe and only 0.37 seconds outside the medals.

Having become the first Irish female to break 67 seconds at the Irish National Team Trials in April to earn the Olympic Consideration Time for Tokyo 2021, she has now achieved five swims under that time, and continues to hold the Irish Senior Record of 1:06.29 as the Olympic Games approach.

McSharry has so far had a successful championships, having also helped Ireland to a new Irish Senior Record in the Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay on Monday. She is likely to be back on relay duty on Sunday in the Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay.

On Thursday it’s the turn of the Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay as the four 100m Irish Senior Record-holders in their strokes – Shane Ryan, Darragh Greene, Ellen Walshe and Danielle Hill – take to the blocks in the morning heats.

Ards Swimming Club’s Paddy Johnston is also in action in the 50m Butterfly heats.

More about the Men’s 4x200m Freestyle team:

Finn McGeever, 20, National Centre Limerick, 400m Freestyle Irish Senior Record-holder

Jack McMillan, 21, Bangor Swimming Club, 200m Freestyle Irish Senior Record-holder

Gerry Quinn, 23, National Centre Limerick, 100m Freestyle Irish Junior Record-holder

Jordan Sloan, 27, Bangor Swimming Club, member of seven of the eight men’s relay teams who hold Irish Senior Records in 50m competition and seven of the 10 men’s relay teams which hold Irish Senior Records in 25m competition.

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

Thursday, May 20

09.44 Men's 50m Butterfly HEAT - Paddy Johnston

(Semi-Final 18:41 if advancing)

10:09 Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay HEAT – Shane Ryan, Darragh Greene, Ellen Walshe, Danielle Hill

(Final 18:22 if advancing)


Friday, May 21

Men's 50m Breaststroke - Eoin Corby

Men's 800m Freestyle - Daniel Wiffen


Saturday, May 22

Women's 50m Breaststroke - Niamh Coyne

Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay


Sunday, May 23

Men's 4x100m Medley Relay

Women's 4x100m Medley Relay



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