By John Kenny in Berlin

Sycerika McMahon and Fiona Doyle both missed out on making the top 16 in the women's 200 metres breaststroke at the European Swimming Championships in Berlin this morning.

McMahon was seventh in her heat as she clocked two minutes 31.81 seconds behind Russia's Vitalina Simonova. 

Doyle was also seventh 2:32.23 as Marina Garcia Urzainqui triumphed in heat three. 

"That wasn't the greatest to be honest," McMahon said afterwards.

"It's OK though, I have the 50 breaststroke coming up and that's the one I always love to do. It's just a splash and dash and I'm looking forward to that.

"I'm hoping to make the 50 final but we just need to take this one step at a time. I'll talk to my coach and see where things go from there."

Doyle admitted to feeling "drained" from her exertions on Tuesday after reaching the semi-finals in her best event, the 100m breaststroke.

The Limerck swimmer said: "I wasn’t expecting anything fantastic but I am disappointed. I would like to have made the semi-final but these things happen unfortunately."

The meet has not gone as the 22-year-old would have hoped and a rethink in September is on the cards.

"Emotionally this whole event is a really big deal for me,” she admitted.

“I’ve been training all year for it. Maybe there are some things we could do in terms of training and picking meets throughout the year that would be better suited for this or maybe tapering for a meet sooner in the season.

"It’s a learning curve. We are two years out from the Olympics so hopefully this meet won’t really affect any of that. I can only learn from being here. You have to pick the positive things that come out of this meet and hopefully I can do that."

McMahon was due to return to the pool on Friday to contest the heats of the 200m freestyle, but the Portaferry swimmer tweeted: “It turns out my entry for the 200free wasn't actually processed.”

Swim Ireland has countered that McMahon wasn't on their entry list for the event, saying that her coach Bobby Madine wanted to give his charge a rest before her swims on Saturday and Sunday.

Barry Murphy, Dan Sweeney and Nicholas Quinn certainly will be in action on Friday as they line up in the 50m breaststroke.

Murphy won a bronze medal at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Denmark last December and will consider the Berlin meet a washout should he not progress to Saturday’s final.

Fiona Doyle