Ireland have claimed a medal at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Glasgow, with Mona McSharry taking bronze in the 50m breaststroke.

The Sligo swimmer, who was part of 'Ireland's Fittest Family’ this year, was back in the water competing at a senior international meet for the first time since a bout of glandular fever earlier this year and qualified from the semi-final in a time of 30.31 seconds.

In the final, the Donegal-based swimmer turned fourth of the eight finalists, with all eyes on the two Italians in the middle lanes.

However McSharry powered down the last 25 metres from the outside lane and reached the wall in the bronze position in a new national record, with Italian Benedetta Pilato taking gold in a world junior record of 29.32 seconds and her team-mate Martina Carraro second.


McSharry will compete in tomorrow's 100m individual medley where she is the current Irish record holder with a time 1:00.34.

Niamh Coyne and Molly Mayne failed to make it to the last 16 in that event.

In the men's equivalent, Darragh Greene, the only Irish swimmer so far to post an Olympic qualifying time, was back for a second swim this evening as he was placed 16th overall in the men’s 50 metre breastroke

Greene, more noted as a 100 and 200 metre breastroke swimmer, posted personal best time of 26.78 seconds in his semi final and was ranked 16 overall.

Also through to the semi-finals is Danielle Hill who broke the minute mark for the first time in her career, recording a time of 59.38 seconds to make the top 16.

In her semi-final, the 20-year-old broke Melanie Nocher's national record in finishing sixth in a time of 58.62 seconds, cutting .68 of a second off the old Irish best and 13th overall, though it wasn't enough to make the final.

Earlier in the day the Irish quartet of Shane Ryan, Curtis Coulter, Jack McMillan and Jordan Sloan smashed the Irish record by over three seconds in the heats of the men's 4x50 metre freestyle relay, but their time of 1.27.06 was only good enough for 12th and outside the top 8 finalists.