2021 SWIM IRELAND PERFORMANCE MEET
- Thursday, June 24th – Saturday, June 26th
- National Aquatic Centre, Dublin, Ireland
- LCM (50m)
- Last-Chance Olympic Qualification Opportunity for Select Athletes
- Results: Meet Mobile
Just a handful of top Irish swimmers are competing in Dublin this week for a last-chance Olympic qualifying opportunity.
Only the 10 athletes who have come within 1.5% of a FINA ‘A’ cut from April’s Irish Olympic Trials have been invited to compete at this Performance Meet, which drilled the competitors down to Jack McMillan, Niamh Coyne, Nicholas Quinn, Eoin Corby, Danielle Hill, Brendan Hyland, Calum Bain, Conor Ferguson, Jordan Sloan and Finn McGeever.
Making the most of this final racing opportunity was backstroking ace Hill. The 22-year-old Larne swimmer busted out the fastest swim of her career in the 100m distance, producing a time of 1:00.18 tonight. This not only erased her own previous 1back national record of 1:00.34 set at the aforementioned Olympic Trials but it also now checks in as a Tokyo-worthy time.
Opening in 28.79 and closing in 31.39, Hill’s 1:00.18 time dips under the FINA ‘A’ cut of 1:00.25 needed to qualify for next month’s Olympic Games.
In her post-race interview, Hill said through tear-filled eyes, “I am so relieved, so happy. That was for my teammates in Larne. They’ve had the toughest year.”
Hill’s name now gets added to the roster of Irish athletes for Tokyo, which is now as follows with this meet still in progress.
· Shane Ryan – 100m Backstroke
· Darragh Greene – 100m Breaststroke/200m Breaststroke
· Mona McSharry – 100m Breaststroke
· Daniel Wiffen – 800m Freestyle