By John Kenny in Berlin
Both Sycerika McMahon and Fiona Doyle are through to the semi-finals of the 50m breaststroke on the penultimate day of competition at the European Swimming Championships in Berlin.
McMahon, a silver medallist in the event in Hungary two years ago, actually swam a faster time than that medal winning performance in this morning's heats, recording a personal best time of 31.02 seconds, to place the 19-year-old in fifth place overall and now in with a great chance of making the final in this afternoon's semi-finals.
Speaking to RTÉ Sport after the race, McMahon said: “Getting out of the heats, sometimes, that can be the hardest part and I’m glad I’ve got that hurdle over with. I really can’t complain, I’m happy I’m in there.
“There are a lot of faster competitors ahead of me and just behind me. I won’t be holding back anything, it’s going hard all the way."
Doyle finished 13th overall in 31.63 seconds and both Irish swimmers will be in the second semi-final at 1520 Irish time, with Doyle out in lane one, and McMahon better placed in lane three.
Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte, the gold medal favourite, is also in the second semi-final beside McMahon in lane four.
McMahon also produced a personal best in the heats of the women's 200m butterfly in 2:13.75, which placed the Texas A&M-based swimmer 19th, three shy of making the last 16.
Tallaght's Dan Sweeney finished off his week with a personal best in the men's 50m freestyle to finish 55th overall in a time of 24.07 seconds.