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Emma Reid and Bethany Firth show their class at Irish short course swimming championships

By David Kelly

Emma Reid and Ards clubmate Bethany Firth had a weekend to remember at the Irish short course championships in the Lagan Valley Leisureplex.

Reid ended the championships with a superb performance in the 50m butterfly, setting a new Irish junior record of 27.77.

The 15-year-old shaved 0.23 seconds off the previous best of Jane Roberts, set in 2012, when taking silver behind Firth, who took gold in 27.46.

Following two silver medals on day one, Firth also took gold in the 50m freestyle on Saturday night.

Firth got the touch ahead of Larne's Danielle Hill in 25.95 seconds with Hill half a second behind in 26.46.

Hill and clubmate Conor Ferguson added the 100m backstroke titles to their 200m success. Hill swam a time of 1:02.71 while Ferguson just missed out on adding the 100m back Irish junior record to his 200m record set on Friday, finishing in 54.75.

Bethany Carson took her fifth Irish title when winning the 200m freestyle in emphatic fashion.

The 23-year-old took gold in 1:59.58 ahead of Swimmer of the Meet 13-year-old Antoinette Neamt, 2:01.97, who clocked a new Irish senior record of 16:32.73 to win the 1500m free.

On Saturday night, Jordan Sloan won gold in the 50m back in 25.48 ahead of Larne lad Ferguson, 25.72, while Curtis Coulter of Ards was the only swimmer under 50 seconds in the 100m freestyle, touching in 49.93.

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