By John Kenny in Berlin
Sycerika McMahon has failed to advance to the final of the 200m individual medley at the European Swimming Championships in Berlin after finishing in 12th place in the semi-finals.
McMahon posted a time of two minutes 14.42 seconds, just four hundredths of a second outside her personal best, as she came seventh in her semi-final.
Earlier today, the 19-year-old finished fourth in the final heat in 2: 15.46.
Hungary's Katinka Hosszu set a European record of 2:08.41 in winning McMahon's semi-final.
Commenting after the race, the Texas A&M student said: “It was good to get back for the semi-final, but once again it’s not what I’m looking for right now.
“It’s a step in the right direction. I’ve improved since the Commonwealth Games and that’s what I need to keep doing. The IM is a work in progress for me and it can only get better from here.”
She was one of four Irish swimmers in action today. Dan Sweeney, Nicholas Quinn and Brendan Hyland all failed to make it out of their respective heats.
Hyland had been in action in two races so far in order to get ready for today’s 200m butterfly, which is his main discipline, but the Tallaght swimmer’s time of 2:00.34 was only good enough to place him 24th overall.
Sweeney and Quinn had both produced personal bests in the 100m breaststroke on Monday.
Sweeney was disqualified for an infringement after the first turn in his 200m breaststroke heat, but Quinn fared much better in the same event.
The Mayo man came close to a semi-final berth, but his time of 2:14.82 left him 0.6 of a second off qualification.
McMahon and Fiona Doyle return to the pool on Thursday morning for the for the heats of the 200m breaststroke.