17-year-old Grainne Murphy finished a creditable seventh in the final of the 400 metres individual medley (IM) at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest, writes RTÉ Sport's John Kenny.
Murphy who hails from Wexford, but trains at the University of Limerick under coach Ronald Claes made the final courtesy of final swim in the morning heats as she registered a time of 4 mins 41.80 seconds and was the fifth fastest qualifier
In the decider, Murphy couldn't add to that heat time and finished seventh behind British gold medal Hanna Miley in a slower time than the heats of 4.43.45 seconds.
'It was great to race against the world and European Champions. It’s a great experience to make the final,' said Murphy
'Maybe I would have liked to have gone a little bit faster, but I can take a lot of positives out of that race and to do it without the old suit is another positive.'
Miley produced a cracking freestyle leg to take gold holding off the Hungarian world champion Katinka Hosszu and Zsuzsanna also from Hungary, who took bronze.
Melanie Nocher made the semi finals of the women’s 200 backstroke, but finished 13th overall, half a second shy of making the final.
The 22-year-old, who is also swimming for Northern Ireland at the upcoming Commonwealth games, may have peaked too early for Budapest as she set a new Irish record only two weeks ago which would have been more than good enough to make today’s final.
However the part time model had to be content with a semi-final time of 2.13.32 seconds which wasn’t good enough to make the top eight.
Earlier in the day Ryan Harrison (400 Free) plus Andrew Bree and Barry Murphy (100 Breastroke) failed to emerge from their respective heats, but their favoured events are later in the week.
Ireland have three competitors in action on Tuesday in Hungary as Harrison competes in the men’s 200 freestyle while Claire Dawson sees her first action of the week in the women’s 100 metres freestyle heats and Bree will be in action in the 200 IM for men.
In other finals on Monday Paul Biderman of Germany, the world champion and record holder was beaten in the men’s 400 Freestyle final by Yannick Angel of France with Bierman in silver and Hungarian Gergo Kis taking bronze.
Germany won the women’s 4 x100 metres Freestyle relay while Russia won the men’s.