Ireland’s Top Swimmers Target International Qualifications

Ireland’s Top Swimmers Target International Qualifications Ireland’s Top Swimmers Target International Qualifications
Lisa Ennis

Swim Ireland’s Irish Open Swimming Championships start this Tuesday (19th April) at the Sport Ireland National Aquatic Centre in Dublin, the first such Championships since 2019.

The 5-day event will see almost four hundred swimmers from seventy-four clubs compete for national titles in thirty-four individual events and places on seven Irish National Teams.

The Open will be the final opportunity for swimmers to post consideration times for this summer’s international events including the World and European Championships, World Para Swimming Championships, Commonwealth Games (Northern Ireland), World and European Junior Championships and the European Youth Olympic Festival.

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Tokyo Olympians and Paralympians will highlight the meet. Paralympic medallists Ellen Keane and Nicole Turner, and finalists Roisin Ni Riain are already under consideration for the World Para Swimming Championships in Portugal in June having met the minimum qualification standards.

Danielle Hill and Her Sport Brand Ambassador Darragh Greene while Mona McSharry and Ellen Walshe, Daniel  remain at their training bases abroad. All Irish Olympians swimming have been pre-selected for the European Championships in Italy in August with Hill also selected for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in July.

Speaking ahead of the event Swim Ireland National Performance Director Jon Rudd commented, “It’s absolutely wonderful to be back with an Irish Open Championships in Dublin after what seems like so long. All our 2021 Olympians are pre-selected for the senior benchmark competitions this summer so a number of them will choose not to be present this time of asking.

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However, there will certainly be plenty of exciting head-to-head challenges across the course of the week with numerous junior and senior National Team places very much up for grabs. It’s an exciting time to get the nation back racing on home soil in front of a crowd – and I’d suggest that it’s one not to be missed for any lover of the sport”

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