Record evening for Ferguson and Hill
Rising Irish prospects Conor Ferguson and Danielle Hill set new national backstroke records at the Dave McCullagh international long course meet in Bangor, Co Down last night.
Shane Ryan's Irish eligibility comes through in May so his gold medal time of 24.94 for the 50m backstroke could not be ratified as a national record. That allowed 16-year-old Ferguson to set a new senior record of 25.34.
In the women's 50m backstroke, Hill, a clubmate of Ferguson at Larne, claimed her first senior record when she won in 29.15.
Ryan also won the 100m freestyle in 50.14. Longford's Gerry Quinn set a new Irish junior record and qualified for the European junior championships, claiming silver in 50.41.
Donegal's Mona McSharry (16) claimed gold in the women's 100m breaststroke in an Irish junior record of 1:09.07 to qualify for the European senior championships.
Niamh Coyne was third, and qualified for the European junior championships.
In the men's event Alex Murphy swam a PB to qualify for the European seniors.
In the women's 200m butterfly Templeogue's Ellen Walshe (15) claimed gold in 2:16.78, well under the European junior championship qualification time.