Swim Ireland's Irish National Team Trials continued at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin this evening, with Danielle Hill and Eoin Corby agonisingly close to securing the Olympic consideration time once again, while Hill and Victoria Catterson set Irish records.
Larne's Danielle Hill came closest to an Olympic time in the 100m backstroke as the 21-year-old broke her Irish record for the second time in as many days.
Hill came into the meet with a best time of one minute 00.90 seconds but lowered that to 1:00.48 yesterday and took another .14 off in this evening’s final to leave her just .09 shy of the Olympic standard of 1:00.25.
Hill will have another shot at the time in June.
Danielle Hill sets a new Irish record in the 100m backstroke, but just misses out on an Olympic qualifying time. pic.twitter.com/x55ruUDU5i— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) April 21, 2021
Victoria Catterson set her first Irish record in the 100m freestyle semi-finals. The Ards swimmer clocked an impressive 55.44, knocking over half a second off Hill’s 2019 record of 56.01.
Catterson now puts herself in contention for Ireland’s 4x100m medley relay team which will compete at the European Championships in May, where a world ranking of up to 16 would qualify a place for the team at the Tokyo Games.
Victoria Catterson puts in the swim of her life to set a new Irish record in the 100m freestyle at the Irish National Team Trials. pic.twitter.com/BmYgTb1PTd— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) April 21, 2021
Hill and Catterson return to the pool on Friday for the 100m freestyle final.
Darragh Greene, already under the Olympic consideration time, won the 100m breaststroke final in 1:00.08.
The National Centre Dublin swimmer held off Eoin Corby of National Centre Limerick in 1:00.21. The 19-year-old Corby swam a best time of 1:00.15 in the semi-finals and will need to find .23 between now and his next qualification opportunity.
In the women’s final, Mona McSharry was the winner in 1:08.92, well off yesterday’s Irish record of 1:06.29.
Jack McMillan improved on his time from last night’s 200m freestyle semi-final clocking 1:47.67 to take the win in the final.
Ards’ Paddy Johnston took the win in the 200m butterfly final in a best time of 1:58.81, breaking the two-minute mark for just the second time. Brendan Hyland had gone out hard in search of an Olympic time but ran out of steam in the last 10 metres to see Johnston take the touch.
Conor Ferguson took first place in the 100m backstroke final. The Larne swimmer hit the wall in 54.57.
Cookstown and Stirling University swimmer Calum Bain led the 50m freestyle field once again, touching in 22.46 in the semi-final.
In the 100m butterfly semi-finals, Templeogue’s Ellen Walshe clocked 1:00.12 ahead of NAC’s Paralympic swimmer Amy Sheridan in 1:16.76.
This evening’s final event saw Trojan’s Grace Hodgins win the women’s 800m freestyle final in 9:10.73, while Sundays Wells’ Liam Custer won the men’s final in 8:14.98.
The trials are primarily open to performance athletes currently training in recognised onshore training bubbles in the National Centre at Dublin's National Aquatic Centre, the National Centre at the University of Limerick, and at Bangor Aurora Aquatic & Leisure Complex, as well as those identified athletes of similar standing who are living and training offshore.
The competition comprises of a full Olympic individual event programme with heats, semi-finals, and finals in all 50m, 100m and 200m events and heats and finals in 400m, 800m and 1500m events.