Rio Olympians Dingley, Ryan and Quinn lead Irish team at World Championships

The championships take place in Budapest at the end of July

Nicholas Quinn, Shane Ryan, Oliver Dingley

Image: ©INPHO/Gary Carr

Rio Olympians Nicholas Quinn, Shane Ryan and Oliver Dingley will lead the Irish charge at this year's FINA Diving and Swimming World Championships in July.

The trio will spearhead the Irish team in Budapest and a total of seven competitors will travel to Hungary, the largest team at the event since 2009.

Dingley became Ireland’s first Olympic diver in 68 years when he represented the country at the Games in Rio last summer. His performances saw him make the final and finish eighth in the world.

Thanks to his finish, Dingley has been included in this year's Diving World Series. He will compete at LEN European Diving Championships in Ukraine in June along with Jack Ffrench before the championships.

Olympic 100m backstroke semi-finalist Shane Ryan comes back into the Irish fold after recently finishing his senior year at Penn State University.

Rio 2016 teammate Nicholas Quinn will compete in the breaststroke events in Hungary.

Jordan Sloan, Ireland's National 100m, 200m and 400m Freestyle Champion, is also selected for Budapest after his record-breaking performances at the Irish Open Swimming Championships last month.

Jordan Sloan (right) celebrates after setting a new national record in the Men's 100 Metre Freestyle in April. Image: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Mona McSharry, Brendan Hyland and Conor Ferguson make up the rest of the Irish team.

"It’s very exciting for us to be able to select what is a relatively large World Championships team for Ireland, a blend of international experience in the likes of Shane and Nicholas and exciting young talent in Mona and Conor," National Performance Director, Jon Rudd, said today in a statement.

"To travel with a great group of individuals plus a relay into one of the World’s biggest events is a great start for us in our quest for success in Tokyo and we will of course also look forward to seeing Oliver compete off the boards after such a successful outing in Rio."

The news announcement comes a week after two appointments were made to the National Performance Programme, with a National Head Coach still yet to be announced. 

The FINA Diving and Swimming World Championships take place from July 15th-30th.