Olympic Qualification closes with athletes leaving no stone unturned.

June 26, 2021

The Swim Ireland Performance Meet concluded with five new Irish Senior Records and two Irish Junior Records. Saturday evening’s finals session provided the last opportunity for athletes to achieve FINA ‘A’ consideration times.

There was disappointment for Jack McMillan, who has been agonisingly close at every opportunity for the FINA ‘A’ consideration time in the 200m Freestyle. McMillan hit the wall in 1:47.20, just 0.18s off the consideration time.

Eoin Corby also fought hard for the 200m Breaststroke consideration time, missing out on the time of 2:10.35 finishing in 2:11.34.

In the 100m Backstroke Conor Ferguson touched the wall in 54.75, swimming solo in his efforts to hit 53:85.

A super personal best came from National Centre Dublin (NCD) swimmer Gerry Quinn who posted a 49.57, winning the 100m Freestyle final. Fellow NCD swimmer Niamh Coyne, also lowered her time from the heats by over four seconds, finishing first with a time of 2:30.48 in the Women’s 200m Breaststroke.

Ards swimmer Paddy Johnston took the win in the Men’s 100m Butterfly with a time of 53.81, swimming just outside of his personal best time of 53.32.

The 800m Freestyle was won by 16-year-old Ella Carroll from National Centre Limerick who posted a big personal best of 9:13.67. Nathan Wiffen took a whopping 5.5 seconds off his personal best coming into the meet, posting a time of 2:04.25 in the 200m Backstroke event.

After already posting a FINA 'A' consideration time in the 100m Backstroke, Danielle Hill (Larne) pushed her way to a 25.30 in the 50m Freestyle, touching 0.11s outside of her own Irish Senior Record.

Callum Bain posted a fantastic personal best time of 22.16. The Cookstown swimmer, narrowly missed out on the Irish Senior record by 0.02s, a time that has stood for 12 years.

National Performance Director Jon Rudd said, "We have been privileged to watch some very exciting racing this week and it has been great to see so many of our athletes perform well and stake claims for international selection, including the Olympic Games. We can now look forward to the Games in Tokyo, a European Junior Championships in Rome and a number of domestic competitions to bring the season to a head; no doubt that these will be exciting weeks that will keep us gripped and entertained during the summer".

Swim Ireland congratulate all athletes, coaches, and teams who took part in our Performance Meet held over the last three days at the National Aquatic Centre. We particularly want to recognise all those who have been with us on the Olympic Qualification journey that concluded, for this Olympic Cycle, at this meet.

We have seen some fantastic swims over the last three days. Yet, we are conscious that some have not achieved what they set out to do. We will support all of those shouldering the burden of that disappointment in any way we can. As an aquatic community, we are proud of the immense commitment and dedication that all of our high-performance athletes, coaches and teams have shown to that journey over the last five years.

Final nominations to the Olympic Federation of Ireland (the “OFI”) will issue from Swim Ireland towards the end of next week, following a meeting of the Swim Ireland Selection Panel. The Swim Ireland Board will meet in advance of the Selection Panel and will also be in discussion with the OFI in respect of several matters relating to qualification for the Tokyo Olympic Games. Swim Ireland will be in touch directly with all affected athletes and coaches with updates during the week.

Further Information:

Olympic Games Nomination Policy 2021 Swimming

5 Irish Senior Records Achieved:

Danielle Hill, Larne Swimming Club;

100m Backstroke in 1:00.18

Ellen Walshe, Templeogue Swimming Club;

100m Butterfly in 59.32

200m IM in 2:13.17 (heats)

200m IM in 2:12.02 (final)

Cillian Melly, National Centre Dublin/ Castlebar;

400m IM in 4:23.22

2 Irish Junior Records Achieved:

Ethan Hansen, Trojan Swimming Club;

200m IM in 2:04.11 (heats)

200m IM in 2:03.54 (final)

For PR queries: Aisling McKeever aislingmckeever@swimireland.ie