Barry Murphy and Fiona Doyle have made it comfortably through to semi-finals on Day 3 at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Denmark.

Murphy was first up this morning and produced a solid swim of 26.86 in the 50m Breaststroke to finish second in heat 4 and sixth overall.

Just 0.19 of a second separates the top six swimmers ahead of tonight’s semi-final. Turkeys Demir Atasoy has the fastest time in 26.67. Should Murphy finish in the top 10 of the semi-final he will progress to the final, which also takes place tonight.

In the 100m Breaststroke heats, Fiona Doyle had a strong swim of 1:06.90 finishing just outside her best time of 1:06.57. Doyle touched sixth in the heat and is 13th overall going into the semi-final with Russia’s Yuliya Efimova leading the qualifiers on 1:04.28.

Swim Ireland NAC Performance Centre swimmer Andrew Meegan continued his record-breaking spree, smashing the Irish Senior 1,500m Record by almost 10 seconds this morning.

The 23-year-old had lowered the record to 15:11.69 at Irish Nationals earlier this month bettering his previous record of 15:13.53 set in 2012. Today he swam a time of 15:00.88 and will aim to break the 15 minute mark in the near future.

Speaking after the race Meegan said: “It was a good swim. It felt good throughout but I possibly went out a bit slow at the start, there are a few things to work on for the next time so that’s a good thing but I was definitely happy with how it went.”

Bethany Carson swam her third lifetime best of the meet with a 1:00.50 in the 100m Butterfly, while Brendan Hyland was just off his best time in the 200m Butterfly, clocking 1:59.86.