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Jordan and Mona stand out as Ulster swimmers sparkle


By Staff Reporter

Jordan Sloan and Mona McSharry were on fire at the Irish Open Championships in the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin last night. Sloan, who broke the 200m freestyle Irish record on Thursday, set a new 100m best. The 24-year-old broke another Ryan Harrison record from 2009, touching in 49.44, knocking .05 off the previous record.

Sloan said: "I'm chuffed with that, it's good to see it finally coming together. For the 100m free I wasn't under any pressure so I just let it happen."

McSharry dominated the 100m breaststroke final as she crept closer to Fiona Doyle's Irish senior record. McSharry smashed her own junior record of 1:07.75, touching in 1:07.38, well under the consideration time for the World Senior Championships in Budapest in July.

Larne's Danielle Hill added to her 100m backstroke title with a win in the 100m freestyle. The 17-year-old touched in 56.93 ahead of Bethany Firth, 57.19.

Bangor's quartet of Jack McMillan, Conor Ferguson, David Thompson and Sloan set a new 4x200m free relay Irish Club record of 7:32.11.

Larne's Conor Brines won gold in the 50m butterfly in 24.12, while Emma Reid won the women's national title.

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