World Championships

World Championships

02 Aug 2023

Last week, Ulster athletes made waves at the World Swimming Championships as part of the Swim Ireland team that traveled to Fukuoka,Japan. They left their mark on the international stage at Team Ireland’s most successful World Championships to date.

🏅 Daniel Wiffen: Daniel secured two impressive 4th place finishes in the men's 800m and 1500m freestyle events. Not only that, but he also set a new European Record in the 800m freestyle, clocking in at 7.39.19.History was made as Daniel became the first top 4 finisher at a world championship in Irish swimming history! He qualified for his second Olympic Games in the process🌍🌊

🏅 Mona McSharry: Mona finished 5th place in the women's 100m breaststroke, and in the heats, she set a new Irish Record with a stunning time of 1.05.55,also securing qualification for her second Olympics.Mona also shone through in the 50m and 200m breaststroke, finishing 11th and 15th in the semi-finals, respectively. 🏆🌊

🏅 Conor Ferguson: Conor competed in both the 50m and 100m backstroke events. He finished an impressive 13th in the semi-finals of the 50m backstroke. He led off the backstroke leg of the medley relay in the second fastest time of his career to date. 🏅 Victoria Catterson: Victoria displayed her skills in the 100m and 200m freestyle heats, finishing 26th and 31st . Keep your eyes on this rising star! 🌟🏊‍♀️

🏅 Danielle Hill: The 2020 Olympian competed in the 50m and 100m backstroke events, earning a spot in the semi-finals of the 50m backstroke, finishing an impressive 13th. Way to go, Danielle! 🏅🌊

🌟 Relay Success: Team Ireland is on fire in the relay events. The Women’s 4x100 freestyle and both the Men’s and Women’s 4 x 100m medley relay teams are currently ranked among the top 16 in the world. Maintaining a top 16 position after the relay events at the 2024 World Aquatic Championships would secure relay team qualification for Paris 2024.

Huge congratulations to Conor, Danielle, Mona, and Victoria for their contributions to this amazing achievement! 🎉🇮🇪 We couldn't be prouder of the Ulster athletes' magnificent achievements last week. They serve as an inspiration to all of our younger swimmers.Let’s continue to support and cheer them on their journey towards Paris 2024

Back to News