Andrew Bree says he is warming up just nicely for his double bid for success at the European Championships and the Commonwealth Games.
Bree made the final of the 200m breaststroke at the prestigious Mare Nostrum series in Canet yesterday, seven days on from qualifying for the final in Barcelona.
While the Helen's Bay man admitted to feeling a little tired after three meets in the space of ten days, he nevertheless was very satisfied with finishing sixth against some of the best in the world.
The final was won by Japan's Kosuke Kitajima, who trains with Bree in Hollywood, with a time of 2:10.73, while Bree clocked 2:16.04.
Bree will now take a short break before starting his countdown to the European long course championships in Budapest at the start of August, where he will hope to be shooting for a medal.
Then he will be part of what is increasingly likely to be Northern Ireland's biggest swimming team since 1998 when 29-year-old Bree made his debut at the Games.
Bree said: “I'm happy with how the past few races have gone. I have loved my training in Hollywood with Dr Dave Salo.
“The intensity has been fantastic but there is still a lot to work on and the good thing for me is that he was here to watch me race.
“So, when I go back we can discuss my racing and how I can go on from here and get ready for Budapest and then the Commonwealth Games.
“I hope we do have a big team going to India because it really helps the atmosphere and also it's great for the future of the sport — the younger swimmers need that experience.”
Meanwhile, Wexford’s Grainne Murphy was seventh in the 200m individual medley, clocking 2:17.12 and fourth in the B final of the 200m breaststroke with 2:32.77.