Both Barry Murphy and Fiona Doyle have finished 15th overall following the first night of finals action at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Denmark.

Murphy will be happy with his swim in the 100m breaststroke. He touched in 58.79 to finish eighth in the first semi-final. At the same event in 2012, Murphy was 22nd in 1:00.36.

More importantly though for Murphy, he swam a 50m split of 27.06 tonight, the fastest 50m time of all 20 competitors, putting him in a good position for the 50m breaststroke event on Saturday in which he is currently ranked third.

Doyle, competing in the 50m breaststroke was eighth in her heat in a time of 30.97, just off her time of 30.80 from this morning’s heats.

Current world record holder Yuliya Efimova of Russia went on to win gold in the event in a new championship record time of 29.04.

Twenty-two-year-old Doyle will be back in action tomorrow morning in the heats of the 200m breaststroke, an event in which she holds the current Irish record of 2:24.64.

Commenting after the first day of racing, Swim Ireland national performance director Peter Banks said: “Overall we had a good day; there was some great swims from Barry (Murphy) and Fiona (Doyle) especially.

"I know they are disappointed not to make finals but the performances bode well for the rest of the week.”

Brendan Hyland, Shani Stallard and Bethany Carson are all back in the pool tomorrow for day two of the competition while Barry Murphy and Andrew Meegan will have a rest day before returning to race on Saturday.

Day 1 results:

Session 1

Fiona Doyle 50m breaststroke 30.80 (10th)

Brendan Hyland 200m IM 2:04.94 (38th) 100m Butterfly 54.79 (45th)

Barry Murphy 100m breaststroke 59.18 (20th)

Shani Stallard 200m IM 2:16.73 (32nd)

Bethany Carson 200m IM 2:15.65 (28th) 100m Free 56.14 (42nd)

Andrew Meegan 400m freestyle 3:49.74 (39th)

Session 2

Fiona Doyle 50m breaststroke H 30.80 (10th) SF 30.97 (15th)

Barry Murphy 100m breaststroke H 59.18 (20th) SF 58.79 (15th)