Conor Ferguson brought Ireland’s European Short Course Championships to a close in Copenhagen this evening with a new Irish record in the semi-finals of the 50m backstroke.

Ferguson had progressed from the morning heats in 23.97 after becoming the first Irishman under 24 seconds in the event for a new Irish junior and senior record.

In the semi, the 18-year-old lowered that record to 23.84 to place 13th overall.

"I’m really happy, it’s been great to end the meet on a high," he said.

"This week has given me more experience for the future. It was a bit of a rocky road at the start of the week, I was quite disappointed, but sometimes you win, sometimes you learn. I just had to change my mindset for the second half of the week and it definitely paid off."
 
Irish swimmers have had an impressive week at the Championships with 13 Irish records broken.

Danielle Hill cemented her place at the fastest Irishwoman in history, the Larne swimmer lowering her own 50m freestyle Irish record in this morning’s heats.

Hill clocked an impressive 25.49 to finish second in her heat, knocking 0.15 of a second off her previous record of 25.64 set last year.

Sloan (backstroke), Alex Murphy (breaststroke), Conor Brines (butterfly) and Calum Bain (freestyle) combined for the 200m medley relay for the final record of the morning.

The quartet smashed the Irish senior record by over three seconds touching in 1:35.63, the previous record had stood at 1:38.84 from 2009. 

Also in action this morning was Mona McSharry, last night named RTE Sport’s inaugural Young Sportsperson of the Year, who ended a tremendous year with a 2:25.66 swim in the 200m breaststroke. 

Sloan clocked 24.48 in the 50m backstroke and Brendan Hyland 1:57.60 in the 200m butterfly.

Day 5 results
50m Freestyle Danielle Hill H 25.49 ISR 
50m Backstroke Conor Ferguson H 23.97 ISR, Jordan Sloan H 24.48
200m Breaststroke Mona McSharry  H 2:25.66
200m Butterfly Brendan Hyland  H 1:57.60
4x50m Medley Relay Ireland Men H 1:35.63 ISR

Day 5 semi-final 
50m Backstroke Conor Ferguson SF 23.84 ISR