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Finn McGeever will compete at the FINA World Short Course Championships in Abu Dhabi. Photograph by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

McGeever to try make a splash at World Championships

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BALLINA’S Finn McGeever is set to compete at the FINA World Short Course Championships in Abu Dhabi, writes Ivan Smyth.

McGeever represented his country at the Olympic Games as he was part of the first Irish men’s relay team to swim at the Games when he competed in the 4x200m.

Selection for the World Championships cap what has been an excellent year for the Ballina man as he is currently the Irish senior record holder in the 400m freestyle and was part of the Irish team that reached the European Championship final in Budapest earlier this year.

He is the youngest son of Róisín and Charlie. The 21 year old is a past pupil of St Anne’s Community College.

McGeever features among a strong Irish team that includes seven Olympians, with Tokyo 2020 Olympic finalist Mona McSharry among those selected.

The Irish team for the World Championships will also feature Olympic Top-16 finisher Daniel Wiffen and Danielle Hill.

The World Championships is set to run over six days, starting this Thursday and finishing next Tuesday, December 21.

Jon Rudd, Swim Ireland’s National Performance Director, said: “The World Short Course Championships is always an exciting event and the culmination of the short course (25m pool) season on the swimming calendar, with this season usually recognised as the September to December period each year.”

“This is an exciting team, which features most of our recent Tokyo Olympians, amongst others with strong hopes and ambitions for the Olympic cycle ahead.”

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