After Debut Trials, Swim Ireland Names Its Shoals, Senior & Junior, For Intl Racing

Swim Ireland has named its teams for international racing this year - courtesy of Swim Ireland

Swim Ireland’s team for their premier benchmark meet of 2018, the LEN European Championships in Glasgow will be spearheaded by 2017 World University Games Champion Shane Ryan and 2017 World Junior Champion Mona McSharry – Swim Ireland announced today.

National Performance Director Jon Rudd has confirmed a selection of twelve athletes to the Irish team for the event in August of this year, following their first ever sole selection Trials period, simultaneously utilising the Irish Open in Dublin and the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast to finalise all of their summer National Teams. Swim Ireland’s Selection Policy for the European Championships allowed a junior element within the team to be added to the senior contingent for prospective development purposes and Rudd also states that relays are very much in mind with this selection alongside individual performance.

World Junior silver medallist Conor Ferguson secures his place alongside athletes making significant progress under the guidance of National Senior Team Head Coach Ben Higson, with Darragh Greene and Brendan Hyland both very much fitting this bill.

For the LEN European Junior Championships in Helsinki, a blend of individual and relay performance has again been considered with equal priority amongst the fifteen athletes selected, with Jack McMillan, Robert Powell and Niamh Coyne already displaying performances this season which will challenge the best in Europe when it comes to the event in July.

Ireland will also venture to the ISF World Schools Games Gymnasiade for the first time this year. The Morocco-based event will see a team of eight (seven of whom feature in of Ireland’s European Junior Championships team) travel to the competition as a tune up for Helsinki and gain vital multi-sport event experience as part of the opportunity.

Nominations to the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) have also been made for a powerful quartet of athletes to feature at the IOC World Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aries. McSharry, Coyne, McMillan and Powell will be considered by the OCI for selection ratification in the coming weeks.

Rudd is very positive around the selections made and said, “We asked our athletes and coaches to step up and deliver performances in a sole Trials period and this selection is a culmination of that process. Both our season best and lifetime best performances at the Irish Open and the Commonwealth Games were impressive in allowing us to do this and now we can focus on this final cycle into the summer and deliver again in each athlete’s benchmark meet.

“The Olympic Games creep ever-closer and they will be on before we know it. So opportunities and challenges such as those before us this summer must be used wisely – for the moment itself and in preparation for Tokyo come the summer of 2020. We can both feel and see the progress and the summer of 2018 has to be the next stage for us in that sense.”

*The qualification period for divers for Summer Internationals will remain open to April 30th 2018 and as such the team will be announced at a later date.

2018 LEN European Championships (Glasgow, Scotland) Selections

 

Athlete Name Home Programme Home Coach
Calum Bain University of Stirling Brad Hay
Conor Ferguson National Centre (Dublin) Ben Higson & Steven Beckerleg
Darragh Greene National Centre (Dublin) Ben Higson & Steven Beckerleg
Brendan Hyland National Centre (Dublin) Ben Higson & Steven Beckerleg
Niamh Kilgallen Claremorris Yvonne Morris & Padraic Kilgallen
Jack McMillan Bangor Paul Dennis
Mona McSharry Marlins (Ballyshannon) Grace Meade & Sinead Donagher
Alex Murphy National Centre (Dublin) Ben Higson & Steven Beckerleg
Robert Powell Athlone Johnny Powell
Shane Ryan Auburn University Sergio Lopez
Jordan Sloan Bangor Paul Dennis
David Thompson Bangor Paul Dennis

 

 

2018 LEN European Junior Championships (Helsinki, Finland) Selections

 

Athlete Name Home Programme Home Coach
Ellen Cassidy Dolphin (Cork) Mick McCormack
Victoria Catterson Ards (Newtownards) Davy Johnston
Niamh Coyne National Centre (Dublin) Ben Higson & Steven Beckerleg
Maria Godden Kilkenny Mikey McCarthy
Paddy Johnston Ards (Newtownards) Davy Johnston
Amelia Kane Ards (Newtownards) Davy Johnston
Alfie Kelly Newcastle Ryan Livingstone
Julia Knox Banbridge Davy Wilson
Cadan McCarthy National Centre (Limerick) Emmet Crowley
Finn McGeever National Centre (Limerick) Emmet Crowley
Jack McMillan Bangor Paul Dennis
Robert Powell Athlone Johnny Powell
Rebecca Reid Ards (Newtownards) Davy Johnston
Naomi Trait Kilkenny Mikey McCarthy
Ellen Walshe Templeogue Brian Sweeney

 

 

2018 ISF World Schools Games Gymnasiade (Casablanca, Morocco) Selections

 

Athlete Name Home Programme Home Coach
Niamh Coyne National Centre (Dublin) Ben Higson & Steven Beckerleg
Maria Godden Kilkenny Mikey McCarthy
Cadan McCarthy National Centre (Limerick) Emmet Crowley
Jack McMillan Bangor Paul Dennis
Mona McSharry Marlins (Ballyshannon) Grace Meade & Sinead Donagher
Rebecca Reid Ards (Newtownards) Davy Johnston
Sean Scannell National Centre (Dublin) Ben Higson & Steven Beckerleg
Ellen Walshe Templeogue Brian Sweeney

 

 

2018 IOC World Youth Olympic Games (Buenos Aries, Argentina) Nominations

 

Athlete Name Home Programme Home Coach
Niamh Coyne National Centre (Dublin) Ben Higson & Steven Beckerleg
Jack McMillan Bangor Paul Dennis
Mona McSharry Marlins (Ballyshannon) Grace Meade & Sinead Donagher
Robert Powell Athlone Johnny Powell

Swim Ireland’s team for their premier benchmark meet of 2018, the LEN European Championships in Glasgow will be spearheaded by 2017 World University Games Champion Shane Ryan and 2017 World Junior Champion Mona McSharry – Swim Ireland announced today.

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