Fiona Doyle Progresses to Breaststroke Semi-Final in Berlin

Fiona Doyle has secured a place in the 100m Breaststroke Semi-Final following this morning’s heats at the LEN European Swimming Championships in Berlin, Germany.

Swimming in heat 3 of 5 Doyle swam a solid 1:08.77 to finish 4th in the heat. The Limerick native had done enough to go through in 10th overall but was disappointed with her time and will be looking to get closer to her Irish Record time of 1:07.66 tonight to qualify for tomorrow’s Final.

There was disappointment for Sycerika McMahon who just missed out on the semi-final in the 100m Breaststroke by .04 of a second. The 19 year old who trains and Texas A&M University swam a season’s best 1:09.23 finishing 17th overall with the last semi-final place going to Italy’s Giulia Di Ascentis in 1:09.19.

Italian Ariana Castiglioni was the fastest qualifier for tonight’s semi-final, which takes place at 5.38pm, in 1:07.50.

Brendan Hyland returned to the pool this morning for the 200m Freestyle heats. He swam a time of 1:53.96 just off his best of 1:53.47 and will be confident going into tomorrow’s 200m Butterfly Heats.

At the European Youth Olympics in Nanjing, Calum Bain put in an impressive performance in the 50m Freestyle heats and was just .01 of a second off a top 16 finish and a semi-final place. Laoise Fleming touched in 2:21.89 in the 200m Backstroke and Dearbhail McNamara swam 1:13.79 in the heats of the 100m Breaststroke to finish 22nd overall.

Day 1 Results

Brendan Hyland 200m Freestyle 1:53.96 (58th)

Fiona Doyle 100m Breaststroke 1:08.77 (10th)

Sycerika McMahon 100m Breaststroke 1:09.23 (17th)

 

Tonight’s Race:

Fiona Doyle 100m Breaststroke SF 5:38pm (Ireland)

 

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