By John Kenny
Fiona Doyle became the third Irish swimmer to qualify for the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona this July when she won the women's 100m breaststroke on day three of the Carlton National Swimming Championships at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin.
Doyle, now based at the University of Calgary, Canada, won gold in a new Irish record time of 1.08.23, which was three tenths of a second inside the time required and 0.14 quicker than the previous record, set by Sycerika McMahon in 2012.
Doyle now joins McMahon and Chris Byran on the Irish squad for Barcelona.
While there was elation for Doyle, there was disappointment for fellow Dubliner Barry Murphy, who missed out on qualifying from the men’s 100m breastroke final
Murphy won the gold medal in 61.35 seconds, which was slightly quicker than his semi-final victory on Friday but still over a half a second shy of the time required.
However, the determined 27-year-old still believes he can make the squad for Barcelona and will have another crack at making the team in the men's 50m freestyle on Sunday.
If that doesn’t come off, he has one final attempt at the Tri-nations meet in Glasgow in two weeks' time.
Other winners from day three included Sycerika McMahon, who took the women's 100 Freestyle (56.74) and then doubled up in the 400m freestyle (4:17.84), while Andrew Meegan of Aer Lingus won the men's 400 freestyle (3.57.76) to add to his wins in the 800m and 1500m freestyle earlier in the meet.
Brendan Hyland of Tallaght broke the Irish junior record in the semi-finals of the men's 100m butterfly in 55.15 seconds to ease through to Sunday's final.
Katinka Hosszu continued her swimming marathon with a win in the 200m backstroke final.
Hosszu cruised to victory in 2:12.06, hitting the wall ahead of Emma Cassidy (2:20.08).
The relays concluded an exciting night of swimming with three new Irish Records.
UCD set a new senior record of 4:23.48 in the women’s 4x100m medley.
The team, of Aisling Cooney, India McGlynn, Shauna O’Brien and Shani Stallard, had also held the previous record of 4:23.97, which they set in February of this year.
Bangor set a new junior standard in the same race, finishing third in a time of 4:28.74.
Finally, the men from Ards set a new Junior Irish record and claimed gold in the men’s 4x100 medley in a time of 3:56.15.
Cutis Coulter, Matthew Scott, James Brown and Conor Munn shaved almost three seconds off the previous record held by Galway.