Despite dipping below the FINA 'A' qualifying time for the Olympics, Templeogue's Ellen Walshe may not be put forward by Swim Ireland for ratification by the Olympic Federation of Ireland (OFI) for next month's Games.
The 20-year-old broke the Irish senior record in the heats of the women's 200m individual medley at the final Irish Olympic qualifiers at the NAC in Dublin on Friday, shaving almost half a second of the old time set by Grainne Murphy back in 2009.
Walshe then set a second Irish record in a row in the final registering 2:12.02 - over a second faster than her morning swim and 0.44 of a second under the Olympic qualifying time for the event.
However the focus for the NAC meet this week was on the 10 swimmers who came within 1.5% of a FINA 'A' time at the first Irish trials - the Irish Open meet at the NAC in April
Jack McMillan, Niamh Coyne, Nicholas Quinn, Eoin Corby, Danielle Hill, Brendan Hyland, Calum Bain, Conor Ferguson, Jordan Sloan and Finn McGeever were those on the list issued by the governing body of the sport on 1 June
Of those ten, Hill is the only one so far to go under the FINA 'A' time, which she did in the women's 100m backstroke on Thursday. She will be put forward for Olympic consideration.
?? Ellen Walshe tonight achieved a FINA 'A' time, but was not among the 10 athletes named before the start of the Performance Meet as being in a position to qualify for the Olympics through this event.— Swim Ireland (@swimireland) June 25, 2021
The matter will be taken under consideration.https://t.co/YD1RNlbVFo pic.twitter.com/eMfJAWeHoJ
Walshe was not among the 10, as she wasn't within 1.5 seconds of the FINA 'A' time for the 200m individual medley in April. She could now miss out because the nomination policy agreed by Swim Ireland and the OFI does not allow Walshe's name to go forward for nomination.
Cillian Melly broke the men's 400m individual medley Irish record in 4:23.22, cutting 0.14 of a second of the 2019 standard set by Jack McIntyre, while Callum Bain was just 0.04 seconds shy of Barry Murphys long-standing Irish record when clocking 22.18 seconds for the men's 50m freestyle.
The FINA 'A' time for Tokyo 2020 is 22.01 and Bain will have one more chance on Saturday evening at the NAC to go under that time in a specially organised time trial.