Swim Ireland has revealed its qualification standards for the 2020 Irish Open Championships, the meet which serves as the nation’s primary trials for 2020 international team selections.
The Irish Open Championships are set to take place April 1st – April 6th in Dublin, with the country’s Olympic hopefuls vying for FINA A and B cuts in order to book their tickets to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic Games. Squads for the European Championships and Mare Nostrom traveling tour will also be determined, among other selections.
Age group breakdowns for the Irish Open Championships are set at Youth (male 13-16 years and female 13-15 years), Junior (male 17-19 years and female 16/17 years) and Senior (male 19+ and female 18+). There are separate Irish Open Championships qualifying times for each age group and no short course conversions are allowed as qualifying times.
You can view the Irish Open LC Championships qualifying times at the bottom of this post.
Swimmers are able to hit the Irish Open Championships/Olympic Trials qualification times as of July 1, 2019, through February 25th of next year, which means that this summer’s World Championships in Gwangju, Korea was included in the selection.
As we reported earlier this month, 43% of Irish swimmers that competed in Gwangju produced lifetime bests in Olympic events, representing a massive increase from just 8% in 2017. A total of 7 Senior Irish National Records were registered, with Darragh Greene and Brendan Hyland each making the sem-finals in their respective events of the 50m breast and 200m fly.
Shane Ryan also advanced to the semi-finals in the men’s 50m back but withdrew to focus on the medley relay.