Hyland bidding for world and Rio times
Brendan Hyland will be bidding to qualify for the World Championships and next year's Olympics in Rio at the Irish long course championships in the National Aquatic Centre this week.
Breaststrokers Fiona Doyle and Sycerika McMahon have already got their times for the World Championships in Kazan, Russia this summer and butterfly specialist Hyland is expected to join them, while this is also his first attempt at making it to Rio.
The championships, which start today, once again have an international flavour with quality swimmers from America and Denmark taking on the best of the Irish over the four-day meet.
Irish record holder Hyland expects to be pushed hard by Americans Zach Harting and Alarii Levreault-Lopez in the 200m butterfly, while the 200m freestyle will be one of the hotly-contested events with Jordan Sloan from Bangor facing stiff competition from Dane Frans Johannessen.
London 2012 Olympian Grainne Murphy returns to Irish competition having secured a World University Games qualification time at the French National Championships earlier this month.
Swim Ireland national performance director Peter Banks commented: "The meet is going to be competitive and exciting both in prelims and finals. Only four foreign swimmers can qualify from the prelims so it will make for some very exciting racing from our Irish and the international swimmers."