2021 IRISH NATIONAL TEAM TRIALS
Danielle Hill popped a national record in her third event of the week, leading the women’s 50 free semifinals with a 25.19 to undercut her own former Irish record of 25.29 from 2019. That will go along with her national records in the 100 free and 100 back earlier this week, and she inches closer to the FINA ‘A’ cut of 24.77.
19-year-old Eoin Corby came quite close to the FINA ‘A’ cut in the men’s 200 breast semifinals, posting a 2:10.99 to barrel past the 2:13 mark for the first time ever. He was ahead of Irish record-holder Darragh Greene (2:11.02) by a slim margin, as Green’s national mark is a 2:10.05 from 2019. They’ll target the 2:09.93 FINA ‘A’ cut in the final tomorrow.
After just missing the FINA ‘A’ cut in the 200 breast prelims, but establishing a new Irish record of 2:25.92, Mona McSharry didn’t quite have it tonight. She was second in 2:27.44 behind Niamh Coyne, who ripped a lifetime best 2:26.73. It’ll take a 2:25.52 tomorrow in the final, but this could be an event where two women make the Olympic cut, which would be really big for Irish swimming.
Four men broke 50 seconds in the 100 free, not including national record-holder Shane Ryan, who went 48.68 to set the mark in 2018. Jack McMillan led the charge in the semifinals, going 49.22 ahead of Jordan Sloan (49.55), Max McCusker (49.78) and Gerry Quinn (49.87). Ryan, meanwhile, was fifth at 50.40, just ahead of 50 free champion Calum Bain (50.48).
OTHER TOP FINISHES
- Brendan Hyland also came close to a national record, leading the 100 fly prelims at 53.17 ahead of Paddy Johnston (53.85). Hyland’s record is a 52.58 from December 2020, but the FINA ‘A’ cut is still a ways away at 51.96.
- Victoria Catterson sailed through the women’s 200 free semis on top, breaking 2:03 for the first time for a triumphant personal best of 2:01.65.
- 16-year-old Cora Rooney put down her fastest swim in the 200 back final, going 2:23.69 and dropping almost three seconds from semis. She was the only entrant.
- Conor Ferguson hit a 2:00.48 in the 200 back semis on the men’s side. He’s the only entrant, and the FINA ‘A’ cut is a 1:57.50, ahead of his 1:58.80 Irish record from 2017.
- Results for the women’s and men’s 200 IM finals were unavailable at the time of this posting.