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Irish trio secure Dutch final place

Updated: Friday, 02 Dec 2011 20:00

Melanie Nocher - The Ards woman is hoping to go under the Olympic qualifying standard in the Dutch final
Melanie Nocher - The Ards woman is hoping to go under the Olympic qualifying standard in the Dutch final

By John Kenny

Grainne Murphy, Melanie Nocher and Sycerika McMahon are all through to their respective finals on Day One of the Dutch National Swimming championship in Eindhoven.

The three-day meet in the Netherlands is acting as an Olympic qualifier and with Nocher finishing third fastest in the heats of her favourite event, the women's 200m backstroke, she will be looking to go under the Olympic qualifying A standard of 2:10.84 in this afternoon’s final.

Grainne Murphy, a European Silver Medallist in the women’s 1500m freestyle, has yet to post an Olympic qualifying standard time and has the fifth fastest time of the finalists of the 200 metres individual medley, which takes place this evening.

Sycerika McMahon set a new Irish junior record of 1:09.80 in the heats of the 100 metres breaststroke and qualified fifth fastest.

The finals of that get underway at 3.30pm this afternoon.

Elsewhere, Barry Murphy and Andrew Bree are in heat action in the men’s 100 metres breaststroke at the US Winter nationals in Atlanta later this afternoon, while Ryan Harrison, who withdrew from the men’s 400m freestyle heats, is listed to compete in the 200m freestyle today.

And 20-year-old Fiona Doyle will compete in the final heat of the women’s 100m breaststroke in Atlanta.