National Squads Announced for 2018/19

September 17, 2018

Swim Ireland have selected five athletes to attend the 2018 FINA World Championships (25m) in Hangzhou, China: 

2018 FINA World Championships (Hangzhou)
Name Programme Coach
Niamh Coyne National Centre (Dublin) Ben Higson
Conor Ferguson National Centre (Dublin) Ben Higson
Darragh Greene National Centre (Dublin) Ben Higson
Brendan Hyland National Centre (Dublin) Ben Higson
Shane Ryan Virginia Sergio Lopez

The team will see four of the highest achieving athletes from Ireland’s successful 2018 European Championships team in Glasgow as well their highest achieving athlete from the 2018 European Junior Championships in Helsinki. National Senior Team Coach Ben Higson will lead the team into China, with four of the five athletes under his direct care and attention in the National Centre (Dublin)

Following the completion of the 2017-2018 season summer benchmark meets, Swim Ireland have also announced their National Squad cohort for the 2018-2019 season, with 6 athletes receiving membership through a Tokyo 2020 perspective and 28 athletes gaining a place through a Paris 2024 identification

September 17, 2018

National Squad (Performance) 2018-2019
Name Programme Coach
Calum Bain University of Stirling Bradley Hay
Conor Ferguson National Centre (Dublin) Ben Higson
Darragh Greene National Centre (Dublin) Ben Higson
Brendan Hyland National Centre (Dublin) Ben Higson
Mona McSharry Marlins (Ballyshannon) Grace Meade
Jordan Sloan National Centre (Dublin) Ben Higson
National Squad (Performance Pathway) 2018-2019
Name Programme Coach
Scarlett Armstrong Ards (Newtownards) Davy Johnston
Sadbh Bailey New Ross (Wexford) Fran Ronan
James Brown Loughborough University Andi Manley
Victoria Catterson Ards (Newtownards) Davy Johnston
Uiseann Cooke National Centre (Limerick) John Szaranek
Eoin Corby National Centre (Limerick) John Szaranek
Niamh Coyne National Centre (Dublin) Ben Higson
Edel Daly National Centre (Limerick) John Szaranek
Maria Godden Kilkenny Mikey McCarthy
Ben Griffin National Centre (Dublin) Ben Higson
Ethan Hansen Mount Kelly Emma Collings-Barnes
Michael Hewitt City of Belfast Steven McQuillan
Danielle Hill Larne Peter Hill
Paddy Johnston Ards (Newtownards) Davy Johnston
Amelia Kane Ards (Newtownards) Davy Johnston
Alfie Kelly City of Newcastle Ryan Livingstone
Julia Knox Banbridge Davy Wilson
Cadan McCarthy National Centre (Limerick) John Szaranek
Ellie McCartney Enniskillen Aaron Rickhuss
Finn McGeever National Centre (Limerick) John Szaranek
Ellie McKibbin Ards (Newtownards) Davy Johnston
Jack McMillan Bangor Paul Dennis
Jeremy O'Connor National Centre (Limerick) John Szaranek
Cara Osing Templeogue (Dublin) Brian Sweeney
Robbie Powell National Centre (Dublin) Ben Higson
Rebecca Reid Ards (Newtownards) Davy Johnston
Aisling Rowlands Trojan (Dublin) James Lawless
Naomi Trait Kilkenny Mikey McCarthy
Ellen Walshe Templeogue (Dublin) Brian Sweeney
Ben Woodside Larne Peter Hill

Staff additions and changes are afoot within the National Centre (Dublin) with Assistant Coach Matt Coward joining Ben Higson, Steven Beckerleg and Beth Carson on deck from October, whilst Mantas Ruikis joins the team as an Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach and sports science consultant from this month. 

National Performance Director Jon Rudd said, “The small but targeted team that we have travelling into the World Short Course Championships is one which has been selected on each athlete’s current Olympic qualification profile and the journey east will in itself serve as excellent preparation for when Tokyo comes around. The athletes that the Olympic Federation announced on Saturday following our nominations are also four of the best young prospects that we have and they will certainly be part of the mix once it’s game time in Argentina next month. We are also excited about a 36-strong National Squad, as our qualification times for this evolve as we progress to within 2 years of the Tokyo Games and to within 6 years of the Paris Games. To have so many athletes remaining on track and moving into the Squad for the first time is a great sign for the nation’s swimming as a whole. And in terms of the National Centre in Dublin, both Matt and Mantas will add extra depth to our delivery in this key Centre on a day to day basis as we move ever closer to Tokyo”