December 17, 2021

Tokyo 2020 Finalist Mona McSharry on Friday set her second Irish Senior Record of the meet when finishing fourth in the 50m Breaststroke Final 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.

Sligo’s McSharry, based at University of Tennessee in the US, set a new Irish Senior Record of 29.65 in the 50m Breaststroke Semi-Final and bettered that in the Final, clocking 29.59.

She finished fourth, touched out of the medals by 0.04s, with Israel’s Anastasia Gorbenko taking Gold, Italy’s Benedetta Pilato in second and Sweden’s Sophie Hansson finishing third.

McSharry said: “I can’t but be happy with a PB, and I progressed through the rounds, which is great to see of course. Fourth is gut-wrenching, but if you look at it the other way, I was fourth.

“That’s not horrendous. It’s definitely something to improve on and I do love racing the 50, it sets me up really well for the rest of the week, and I can’t dwell on it now. I just have to move on and do better later on.

“Anyone of those eight could have touched the wall first. With any 50, that’s just the way it happens. Any little thing can go wrong. At Europeans I managed to get a medal from lane eight. The three that got it today were just the best in the moment.”

McSharry made her Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics this summer and became Ireland’s first Olympic swimming finalist in 25 years when advancing to the 100m Breaststroke Final.

She will compete in that event at this competition on Monday, with the 100m Individual Medley on Saturday’s schedule for her, and the 200m Breaststroke set to conclude her Championships on Tuesday.

Also competing for Ireland in Abu Dhabi on Saturday are 400m Medley Silver Medallist Ellen Walshe in 50m Butterfly and Calum Bain in 50m Freestyle.

The heats session begins at 05:30am Irish time and can be followed via


Friday Afternoon Finals Results:

50m Breaststroke

Mona McSharry – 29.59 – 4th

Friday Morning Heats Results:

200m Freestyle – Top 8 go to Final

Jack McMillan – 1:43.13 - 11th

Jordan Sloan – 1:46.50 - 28th

100m Freestyle – Top 16 go to Semi-Final

Danielle Hill – 54.98 – 31st

100m Butterfly – Top 16 go to Semi-Final

Brendan Hyland – 51.79 – 35th

200m Butterfly – Top 8 go to Final

Ellen Walshe – 2:08.16 – 14th


Saturday Morning Heats Schedule – Starts 05:30

Ellen Walshe – 50m Butterfly

Mona McSharry – 100m Individual Medley

Calum Bain – 50m Freestyle

Sunday Morning Heats Schedule – Starts 05:30

Danielle Hill – 50m Backstroke

Mona McSharry & Niamh Coyne – 100m Breaststroke

Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay

*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