Belfast Telegraph

Bethany Carson in groove at Europeans

By David Kelly

Bethany Carson made a good start to her campaign at the European short course championships in Denmark when she set a new personal best for the 100m freestyle.

Lisburn swimmer Carson, who is expected to be at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next summer, clocked a new PB of 56.14 and finished 28th overall.

Carson also competed in the 200m individual medley, touching in 2:15.64, with fellow Irish team member Shani Stallard finishing in 2:16.73.

Andrew Meegan continued his good form from the Irish Nationals with a personal best of 3:49.74 in the 400m freestyle to finish fourth in his heat.

The top Irish performers on the opening day were Barry Murphy and Fiona Doyle.

In the 50m breaststroke, Canada-based Doyle clocked 30.97 in the semi-finals to finish 15th overall.

Murphy was also 15th overall in the 100m breaststroke with a time of 58.79.

The Dubliner will be looking ahead to making a final in the shorter distance.

Swim Ireland National Performance Director Peter Banks said: "Overall we had a good day; there were some great swims from Barry (Murphy) and Fiona (Doyle) especially. I know they are disappointed not to make finals but the performances bode well for the rest of the week."

Siobhan-Marie O'Connor and Sophie Allen claimed silver and bronze in the 200m individual medley as Great Britain finished the first day with three medals.

O'Connor and Allen both train under Dave McNulty at the National Centre for Swimming at the University of Bath and their team-mate in the south west Jemma Lowe also made the podium, taking bronze in the 200m butterfly.

Olympian Michael Jamieson set a new British record in qualifying for the final of the 100m breaststroke, his time of 57.89 bettering the old mark by 0.02.

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