Swim Ireland Team Arrive in Fukuoka Ahead of World Championships

ByEmma Porter |

12 swimmers will represent Ireland at the Fukuoka 2023 World Aquatics Championships. The Championships are currently underway with Ciara McGing, Jake Passmore, and Clare Cryan all representing Ireland in the diving.

The swimmers will get their World Championships underway from the 23rd of July. The 12-strong team are as follows:

  • Victoria Catterson    National Centre (Dublin)
    • Women’s 100m Freestyle 55.21
    • Women’s 200m Freestyle 1:59.74
  • Tom Fannon          National Centre (Dublin)
    • Men’s 50m Freestyle 21.95
  • Conor Ferguson  Loughborough University
    • Men’s 50m Backstroke 24.95
    • Men’s 100m Backstroke 54.01
  • Darragh Greene  National Centre (Dublin)
    • Men’s 50m Breaststroke 28.15
    • Men’s 100m Breaststroke 1:00.39
    • Men’s 200m Breaststroke 2:12.17
  • Danielle Hill        Larne
    • Women’s 50m Freestyle 25.15
    • Women’s 50m Backstroke 28.11
    • Women’s 100m Backstroke 1:00.40
    • Women’s 50m Butterfly 26.65
  • Max McCusker    Arizona State
    • Men’s 100m Butterfly 52.63
  • Mona McSharry  University of Tennessee
    • Women’s 50m Breaststroke 30.29
    • Women’s 100m Breaststroke 1:06.04
    • Women’s 200m Breaststroke 2:25.24
  • Erin Riordan        National Centre (Dublin)
  • Shane Ryan        National Centre (Dublin)
    • Men’s 100m Freestyle 49.64
  • John Shortt        National Centre (Limerick)
    • Men’s 200m Backstroke 1:59.23
  • Ellen Walshe    Templeogue
    • Women’s 100m Butterfly 57.96
    • Women’s 200m Individual Medley 2:12.79
    • Women’s 400m Individual Medley 4:41.53
  • Daniel Wiffen        Loughborough University
    • Men’s 400m Freestyle 3:44.35
    • Men’s 800m Freestyle 7:44.45
    • Men’s 1500m Freestyle 14:34.91

Ellen Walshe’s last outing at World Championships saw her take home a silver medal in the 400IM, however the 2021 edition was held in short course format.

Mona McSharry will be looking to chase for a medal in the 100 BRS as her Irish Record would have placed her at 4th in the previous year’s World Championships and 2nd at last year’s European Championships.

Daniel Wiffen will also be one who is battling for podium positions. His 14:34.91 1500FS has him ranked 3rd entering the event and 4th on the all-time list. He will also likely be looking to lower the 800FS Irish Record having previous stated he expects more from his 800M knowing how fast he can go out in his 1500M.

John Shortt is also one to keep an eye on as he will be seeking to lower his recent 200 backstroke Irish Record on his Senior World Championship debut.

The squad has completed a holding camp in Phuket Thailand and has travelled to Fukuoka this week. Ellen Walshe will get Ireland’s World Championship campaign underway with the 200IM on Day 1 of the Championships.

Speaking on the upcoming Championships, Performance Director Jon Rudd said, “Having completed an excellent 8-day Holding Camp in Phuket, we have now transferred over to Fukuoka for the final stages of preparation before competition commences on Sunday. The team are in excellent spirits and there is a lot of exciting swimming to look forward to over the eight days of racing, including three relays for us. We know the nation are behind us and that very much spurs us on each and every day.”

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