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Conor Ferguson breaks record and signs off with a hat-trick

By Staff Reporter

Conor Ferguson finished his campaign at the Ulster Open short course championships in the Laganvalley Leisureplex with another record-breaking performance.

The 16-year-old Larne swimmer completed his hat-trick of backstroke titles when winning the 100m event in 58.97, having set a new Ulster senior record of 25.22 for the 50m on Saturday night.

The BRA student's latest record came in the 200m individual medley when he struck gold with a new Ulster junior best of 2:03.58, pushing Curtis Coulter of Ards into second, 2:03.95. Ferguson's clubmate Conor Brines had set an Ulster senior record of 53.93 for the 100m butterfly on Saturday night.

The last day was dominated by Ards with Bethany Firth winning the 50m backstroke (29.45), while sisters Emma and Rebecca Reid enjoyed a one-two in the 100m fly. Emma also won the 200m fly on Saturday.

The 50m breaststroke proved to be a clean sweep for the club with Matthew Scott, 30.18, Cai Armstrong, 30.40 and Adam Manley, 31.36 filling the top three places.

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