Three Irish swimmers will compete in semi-finals later this afternoon following a successful morning at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Holland.

Benjamin Doyle was the first Irish swimmer in action this morning competing in the heats of the 100m backstroke. The Aer Lingus swimmer secured a new personal best with a time of 59.84, which placed him 15th overall securing him place in the semi-final.

In the 100m breaststroke heats, Niamh Kilgallen swam a time of 1:15.19 to put her through to the semi-final in 11th place. Kilgallen will need to swim close to her personal best time of 1:13.46 to secure a final spot.

Bangor Swimming Club’s Emma Reid has also made it through to the semi-final of the 100m butterfly. She finished ninth overall, touching in a time of 1:05.07.

Rachel Bethel swam a new personal best in the 400m freestyle heats. Her time of 4:28.71 is over a second faster than her previous best of 4:29.82 which she swam earlier this year. She placed 11th overall in the event, but was not enough to make the semis.

Also in action this morning, James Brown was 20th overall in the 200m butterfly after finishing in a time of 2:12.50, whilst Morgan Berryman swam a time of 16:16.57 in the 1,500m freestyle.

Ireland also had a mixed 4x100m freestyle relay team competing in the event for the first time. The team of James Brown, Emma Reid, Benjamin Doyle and Rachel Bethel combined for a time of 3:55.40, finishing in 17th place.