National and Regional Programmes

National and Regional Programmes

A targeted National Squad Programme is a key tactic in achieving the Performance objectives for 2021 and through to 2028. The Regional Squad Programme sits directly below the National Programme and is fully aligned to the National Programme in terms of principles and content.


Athletes are selected to join the National or Regional Squad for a full season based on their results in the previous season as outlined in each document.


The 2021/2022 programmes and selection criteria are available below

National Programme 2021/2022

Regional Programme 2021/2022


For the National Programme, it is recognised that:

  • Athletes should be ‘On Track’ in regards to either the 2024 or the 2028 Olympic Games and should be differentiated as such
  • Particular athletes will be identified for targeted investment, support, and value-add opportunities dependent on their ‘On Track’ status and the ‘fit-for-purpose’ nature of their Daily Performance Environments (DPE’s)
  • All National Programme members must be fully committed to an uncompromised and comprehensive training/coaching programme in preparation for peak performance in the relevant annual Swim Ireland international benchmark competition and the Trials for that event

National Programme (Performance Cohort) 2021/2022

Name - Training Programme (Coach), Irish Club

Calum Bain - University of Stirling, Scotland (Bradley Hay), Cookstown Swimming Club

Victoria Catterson - National Centre Ulster (Davy Johnston), Ards Swimming Club

Eoin Corby - National Centre Limerick (John Szaranek), Limerick Swimming Club

Niamh Coyne - National Centre Dublin (Ben Higson), Tallaght Swim Team

Conor Ferguson - Larne Swimming Club (Peter Hill)

Darragh Greene - National Centre Dublin (Ben Higson), Longford Swimming Club

Danielle Hill - Larne Swimming Club (Peter Hill)

Brendan Hyland - National Centre Dublin (Ben Higson), Tallaght Swim Team

Paddy Johnston - Cleveland State University, USA (Hannah Burandt), Ards Swimming Club

Max McCusker - Florida State University, USA (Neal Studd), Dolphin Swimming Club

Finn McGeever - National Centre Limerick (John Szaranek), Limerick Swimming Club

Jack McMillan - National Centre Ulster (Davy Johnston), Bangor Swimming Club

Mona McSharry - University of Tennessee, USA (Matt Kredich), Marlins Swimming Club

Shane Ryan - National Centre Dublin (Ben Higson), NAC Swimming Club

Jordan Sloan - National Centre Ulster (Davy Johnston), Bangor Swimming Club

Ellen Walshe - University of Tennessee, USA (Matt Kredich), Templeogue Swimming Club

Daniel Wiffen - Loughborough University, England (Andi Manley), Larne Swimming Club

National Programme (Performance Transition Cohort) 2021/2022

Name - Training Programme (Coach), Irish Club

Uiseann Cooke - University of Edinburgh, Scotland (Chris Jones), Tuam Swimming Club

Charlotte Cullen - The Royal School Wolverhampton, England (Marc Spackman), Swim Belfast

Andrew Feenan - National Centre Limerick (John Szaranek), Sundays Well Swimming Club

Maria Godden - National Centre Limerick (John Szaranek), Kilkenny Swimming Club

Ethan Hansen - Arizona State University, USA (Bob Bowman), Trojan Swimming Club

Amelia Kane - Rice University, USA (Seth Huston), Ards Swimming Club

Julia Knox - George Washington University, USA (Brian Thomas), Banbridge Swimming Club

Jena Macdougald - University College Dublin (Earl McCarthy)

Cadan McCarthy - National Centre Limerick (John Szaranek), Mallow Swans Swimming Club

Ellie McKibbin - National Centre Ulster (Davy Johnston), Ards Swimming Club

Molly Nulty - Swilly Seals Swimming Club (Patrick Bond)

Robert Powell - National Centre Dublin (Ben Higson), Athlone Swimming Club

Diarmuid Sutton - National Centre Limerick (John Szaranek), Limerick Swimming Club

Nathan Wiffen - Loughborough University, England (Gareth McNarry), Larne Swimming Club

National Programme (Performance Pathway Cohort) 2021/2022

Name - Training Programme (Coach), Irish Club

Keira Aiken - Ards Swimming Club (Curtis Coulter)

Evan Bailey - New Ross Swimming Club (Fran Ronan)

Leagh Bailey - New Ross Swimming Club (Fran Ronan)

Adam Barnes - Ards Swimming Club (Curtis Coulter)

Brydan Byrne - Mount Kelly School, England (Emma Collings-Barnes), Bangor Swimming Club

Ella Carroll - National Centre Limerick (John Szaranek), Limerick Swimming Club

*Jack Cassin - Nexus International School, Signapore (Ivan Bunakov), Dolphin Swimming Club

Grace Cochrane - Lurgan Swimming Club (Matteo Taddei)

Adam Colgan - Lisburn City Swimming Club (Stan Sheppard)

*Liam Custer - Sarasota Sharks, USA (Brent Arckey), Sundays Well Swimming Club

Grace Davison - Ards Swimming Club (Curtis Coulter)

Aoife Doran - Project 28/Aer Lingus Swimming Club (Matt Coward)

Cody Dunnion - Ards Swimming Club (Curtis Coulter)

Charlie Eatwell - Ards Swimming Club (Curtis Coulter)

Lauren Farr - Sundays Well Swimming Club (Richard Cassidy)

Conor Fitzgerald - Splashworld Sharks Swimming Club (Kevin Willmott)

Rebekah Friel - AURA Dundalk Swimming Club (Rafal Rutkowski)

Matthew Hand - Ards Swimming Club (Curtis Coulter)

Grace Hodgins - Trojan Swimming Club (Jonathan Preston)

Ava Jones - Portmarnock Swimming Club (Anne Burdis/Paul Nolan)

Daniel Kennedy - Repton School, England (Scott Talbot), Ards Swimming Club

* Molly Mayne - Hamilton Aquatics, Dubai (Ash Morris), Templeogue Swimming Club

Molly McAlorum - National Centre Ulster (David Johnston), Leander Swimming Club

Ellie McCartney - National Centre Ulster) (David Johnston), Ards Swimming Club

Olivia Miskelly - Banbridge Swimming Club (Davy Wilson)

Danny Morgan - Project 28/Coolmine Swimming Club (Matt Coward)

Darragh Morgan - Project 28/Coolmine Swimming Club (Matt Coward)

Denis O'Brien - Limerick Swimming Club (Mikey McCarthy)

Laura Potts - Templeogue Swimming Club (Brian Sweeney)

Zophia Quigley - Ards Swimming Club (Curtis Coulter)

Cora Rooney - Enniskillen Lakelanders Swimming Club (Sinead Donagher)

Harry Winston - Project 28/Aer Lingus Swimming Club (Matt Coward)

*PP athletes based outside of Europe are not invited to join the programme as a whole, but can partake in different interventions

National Squad Contacts

Dr Jon Rudd

Dr Jon Rudd

National Performance Director

+353 86 780 8734

Andrew Reid

Andrew Reid

National Performance Pathway Manager

+353 86 467 8125

Niamh McDonnell

Niamh McDonnell

Performance Manager

+353 86 775 0775