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Murphy sets new butterfly record

Updated: Sunday, 18 Dec 2011 20:03

Barry Murphy - broke the nine-year-old 50m SC Butterfly record
Barry Murphy - broke the nine-year-old 50m SC Butterfly record

The final day of the Irish Open SC Championships kicked off with an Irish Senior Record from Barry Murphy in the heats of the 50m butterfly (24.03), where he knocked half a second off the old record which has stood since 2002.

He broke this record again in the final, dipping under 24 seconds to record a time of 23.95.

The final session got off to a flying start with both Brendan Gibbons (Athlone) and Conor Turner (Aer Lingus) going under the existing Irish Junior Record in the 1500m freestyle.

Gibbons picked up the title in a time of 8.12.35 with Turner just behind in 8.12.73.

Sycerika McMahon finished off her weekend with another Irish Junior and Senior record in the 200m breaststroke (2.27.18).

She also picked up gold in the 400m Individual Medley (4.44.89), while Shauna O’Brien from Waterford Crystal picked up two titles in the women’s 50m butterfly (27.85) and the 200m freestyle (2.02.26).

The men’s 400m Individual Medley was a thrilling race between Philip Duffy (St Pauls), Cian Duffy (Galway) and Andrew Meegan (Aer Lingus), with Meegan coming out on top in 4.29.59.

Kilkenny boys Colm Dowling and David Prendergast touched together for joint first in the men’s 100m backstroke in a time of 57.19.

Lisburn City ASC continued their dominance of the women’s relay events, with the team of Chloe Richards, Bethany Carson, Rachel Smyth and Natasha Pollock picking up gold in both the 4x100 medley relay and the 4x100 freestyle.

The Aer Lingus SC men’s team of Sean O’Brien, Barry Murphy, Andrew Meegan and Conor Turner picked up gold in the 4x100 medley relay, and with Gavin Truman replacing O'Brien, the team also picked up the gold in the 4x100 freestyle relay.