Brendan Hyland stole the limelight one the third day of action at nationals in Dublin this evening with a 1:57.44 Irish 200m butterfly record.
That will surely be confirmed as a ticket to the European Championships in Glasgow this August when selectors draw up their final list. The new standard took down Hyland’s year-old 1:58.08.
Hyland, NCD/Tallaght, was 4sec clear of the closest to him, silver to Cillian Melly in 2:01.25, Tom Beely on 2:02.13.
There was a brace of wins for Mona McSharry, Marlins, on 56.85 as first Irish swimmer home, adrift Edinburgh’s Katie Stark, 55.60, in the 100m freestyle after a 31.45 win in the breaststroke dash.
Darragh Greene, NCD/UCD, made it a sweep with a 27.44 win in the 50m breaststroke ahead of Alex Murphy, on 27.56.
In other finals, Cadan McCarthy clocked 4:32.11 for a European junior quailed in the 400m medley, the senior crown top Casey Storch in 4:26.46; and Ellen Walshe clocked 2:15.93 for a European junior qualifier in the 200m butterfly; and Brendan Driscoll took the 800m free in 8:12.13.