By John Kenny
Brendan Hyland of Tallaght has broken the men's 200m butterfly record on the first day of the Irish Championships at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin.
The 19-year-old won the gold medal in 1.58.68 as the teenager cut .46 of a second off his previous Irish best.
Hyland's swim was one of the highlights of the opening night as Olympian Barry Murphy and Fiona Doyle (voted the Irish international swimmer of the year at the Swim Ireland awards last weekend) won their respective finals of the 50m breastroke
Murphy, who now lives and trains at the NAC, was the fastest qualifier into the final after the earlier semi-finals and took the gold in an event he has dominated over the years on the domestic front in a time of 28.14 seconds
Likewise Doyle, a World University Games silver medallist, was the fastest qualifier into the women's 50m breastroke final and the 22-year-old, who is home from her University base in Calgary, Canada, eased through to take the gold medal in 31.71.
Thirteen-year-old Tallaght swimmer Antoinette Neamt had an easy win in the women's 800m freestyle final, as the teenager won in a time of 8:46.23, which is under the European qualifying mark.
However, despite the fact that at 13 she could swim at the Olympics, she would have to be at least 15-years-old to go to the Europeans.
Neamt won her second gold medal of the night in the women's 200m freestyle taking the gold medal in 2.03.66. On tonight's performances she has marked herself as one for the future of Irish swimming
Andrew Meegan of Aer Lingus had hoped to join the other Irish swimmers who had qualified for the European Championships in the men’s 1,500 metres freestyle, but he was someway off the qualifying time, despite winning the gold medal in the final.
Full Results Day 1
Men 1,500m freestyle final: 1st A Meegan Aer Lingus 15:54.70 2nd B Gibbons Athlone 15:55.85 3rd C Bryan Ennis 16:14.24
Women 800m freestyle final: 1st A Neamt Tallaght 8:46.23 2nd T Corry Portmarnock 9:11.09 3rd A Berry Aer Lingus 9:24.57
Men 200m freestyle final: 1st D Rapsys Lithuania 1:50.41 2nd P Strazdas Lithuania 1:51.07 3rd J Sloan Bangor 1:51.67
Women 200m freestyle final: 1st A Neamt Tallaght 2:03.66 2nd R Bethel Lisburn 2:05.17 3rd D Lowe Aer Lingus 2:05.44
Men 200m butterfly final: 1st B Hyland Tallaght 1:58.68 2nd C Duffy Galway 2:04.34 3rd B Griffin Aer Lingus 2:06.65
Women 200m butterfly final: 1st C Flood Tallaght 2:17.07 2nd S Kelly Claremorris 2:20.58 3rd G Kane Bangor 2:20.88
Men 50m breaststroke final: 1st B Murphy Aer Lingus 28.14 2nd N Quinn Castlebar 29.23 3rd M Dawson Ards 29.24
Women 50m breaststroke final: 1st F Doyle Portmarnock 31.71 2nd D Lowe Aer Lingus 32.41 3rd G Kane Bangor 33.49
Men 4x100m freestyle team relay: 1st Ards 3:31.25 2nd Bangor 3:35.35 3rd Ennis 3:36.21
Women 4x100m freestyle team relay: 1st Aer Lingus 4:00.51 2nd Sundays Well 4:08.75 3rd Larne 4:13.35