Magheralin swimmer Daniel Wiffen.
Magheralin Swimmer, Daniel Wiffen, is now getting back into competing - but now he is at senior Level against the world best athletes.
As a member of the elite training programme at Loughborough University, Daniel was fortunate enough to be allowed to complete at the Manchester International Meet on 12-14 February.
With permission granted by Swim Ireland, Daniel was the only Irish swimmer in the meet. After a year where racing has been almost non-existent, it was a good opportunity to see how Daniel and the other elite athletes in Britain were performing in advance of the Olympic trials.
The meet in Manchester was organised within the British Swimming COVID-19 regulations. Requiring all athletes to have negative test results a few days before the meet and then again on arrival in Manchester.
Daniel’s first race was the 400m freestyle. Daniel swam a PB in the heat, followed by a second PB in the final, coming in fourth overall, beating his entry time by two seconds.
The following day Daniel raced the 1500m freestyle and came in just over his Irish Record time from December. Speaking after the meet Daniel commented, “I am pleased with my performances, but now it is back to training.”
Daniel’s next big swimming meet will be in Ireland (restrictions permitting) at the Olympic Qualifying trials, where Daniel will be hoping to make the qualifying times for the rearranged Olympics in Tokyo 2021. We wish him every success.