2021 IRISH NATIONAL TEAM TRIALS
- Tuesday, April 20th – Saturday, April 24th
- Prelims at 10:00 am local; Finals at 5:30 pm local
- Sport Ireland National Aquatic Centre, Dublin
- Swim Ireland Olympic Selection Policy
- One-shot Olympic qualifying meet
- Meet Package
- Schedule of Events
- Live Results
- Live Stream
- Psych Sheets
The Irish Olympic Trials continued today in Dublin, with eight events running finals and three running semifinals. At this meet, athletes must finish top two and under the FINA ‘A’ cut to be considered for Olympic roster nomination, and times will be considered from prelims, semifinals and finals.
Danielle Hill lowered her own Irish record in the 100 back final, taking it from 1:00.48 done in semifinals last night down to a 1:00.34. She’s painfully close to the FINA ‘A’ cut, which sits at 1:00.25, but has come down from her initial record of 1:00.90 coming into this meet, a time done in February 2020.
“Yesterday after the semi-final I was probably more disappointed than I am now,” said Hill after the race. “I had completely forgotten about today’s second opportunity. You just get caught up in this bubble, and I have got to remember that last year my focus was the 50 Free and we changed it because we had an extra year.”
“Peter (Hill, coach) said after that race – the 100 back – that had this meet not had ‘Trials’ in front of it in the name I would have taken someone’s hand off to come away with those two Irish records. So I can’t be disappointed and there are more opportunities. The only pressure I’ve really felt is from myself. I have the best support around me and the best team around me.”
Hill can indeed swim for the nomination in about a month at the European Championships.
In the women’s 100 free semis, Victoria Catterson swam to the leading time of 55.44, over a second ahead of the field. She’s about a second off of the 54.38 cut needed, but her time nabs her the Irish record. She’s the first Irish woman under 56 seconds in the event, the 20-year-old erasing Hill’s mark of 56.01 from 2019.
Four men broke 1:50 in the 200 free final, led by Jack McMillan at 1:47.67, touching ahead of Jordan Sloan (1:48.38). Neither were able to hit the ‘A’ cut of 1:47.02, and McMillan’s best time came from prelims at 1:47.43. Finn McGeever was third in 1:49.04, while Gerry Quinn nabbed fourth in 1:49.41. Ireland’s 800 free relay still appears to hold the #4 (and final) wildcard spot to be invited to Tokyo, based on their performance at 2019 Worlds, and the Irish selection standards say that the top four swimmers in a freestyle event will be considered for a relay that is invited.
After setting the Irish records in the heats and then coming just a tenth off in semis, Darragh Greene clocked a 1:00.08 to win the 100 breast tonight, just over 19-year-old Eoin Corby (1:00.21). Corby was 1:00.15 in semis, and he again comes just off of the 59.93 ‘A’ cut.
Mona McSharry had massive swims in prelims and semis, going 1:06.97 in prelims to become the first sub-1:07 female Irish breaststroker in history and then blasting a 1:06.29 in semis. Tonight, though, the rising Tennessee sophomore was well off of form, going 1:08.92 ahead of Niamh Coyne (1:09.08). Coyne was also well off of her semis swim, which was a 1:07.58 and just off of the ‘A’ cut of 1:07.07.
OTHER TOP FINISHES
- 20-year-old Paddy Johnston took the 200 fly win in 1:58.81, with Brendan Hyland second in 1:59.96. Hyland was looking like the favorite after semis, where he went 1:57.86, but he’s been off of his 1:56.55 Irish record from 2019 Worlds.
- Tennessee commit Ellen Walshe was the fastest finisher in the 100 fly semis, going 1:00.12 after a 1:00.08 in prelims. She’s the Irish record-holder at 59.54 from January 2020.
- Conor Ferguson posted a 54.57 in the 100 back final, adding a couple of tenths from semis. He’s just short of the 53.85 ‘A’ cut.
- Calum Bain sprinted to the top 50 free semis time on the men’s side, going 22.46 after a 22.32 in prelims. He’ll have to get past a 2009 Irish record of 22.14 to hit the ‘A’ cut of 22.01.
- 16-year-old Grace Hodgins won the women’s 800 free, posting a 9:10.73.
- In the men’s 800 free, Liam Custer, who lives and trains in Florida and holds the U.S. NAG record in the 15-16 1650 free, won the race at 8:14.98.