Mona McSharry broke her own Irish Record in the 200m breaststroke, as the Irish National Team Trials continued at the Sport Ireland National Aquatic Centre.
The 21-year-old shaved almost a second off her best time in the event and is now just four tenths of a second from the Olympic Consideration Time (OCT) following a swim of 2:25.92.
McSharry already achieved the OCT in the 100m breaststroke on Tuesday.
Despite breaking the Irish record, McSharry was frustrated with elements of her performance.
She said: "I was definitely annoyed at myself and I still am. There was definitely a couple of things I could have done better. I know sometimes that the 200 pain takes over, but that’s why we train so much.
"That’s still frustrating, but looking on the bright side, I have another opportunity and we don’t always get those. It will be nice to be able to come back tonight and go for it again, and fix what I did wrong.
"I haven’t watched the race back yet, but I definitely think my first 100 wasn’t as good as it could be. The second 100 was definitely a good speed, but I think there was too much energy put into it for that speed, so I want to make it more of an easier swim. Then just, getting in and out of my walls, there was a bit of gliding. That could have been the .04 that I needed."
McSharry will return to the pool this afternoon in consideration time of 2:25.52.
Darragh Greene, already under the OCT in the 200m breaststroke, topped this morning's heats in the event in 2:12.33. Eoin Corby of National Centre Limerick lead for the first 150 metres, but National Centre Dublin’s Greene had a strong final 50m to take the win, Corby touching second in 2:13.74.
With three Irish Records already under her belt this week in the 100m freestyle and 100m backstroke, Ireland’s fastest ever female swimmer Danielle Hill was back in the pool for the 50m freestyle. Hill, the Irish Record holder in the event in 25.29, swam 26.11 to secure the centre lane for tonight’s semi-final ahead of National Centre Dublin’s Erin Riordan in 26.39.
In the Men’s 100m freestyle heats there was no separating Jack McMillan and Jordan Sloan as the Bangor team-mates both touched in 49.77 to top the heats, followed by National Centre Dublin’s Shane Ryan in 50.03.
Victoria Catterson will be the top seed for tonight’s 200m freestyle semi-final after a heat win of 2:04.12. Catterson, who broke the 100m freestyle Irish Record on Wednesday, but handed it back to Danielle Hill last night, has been in great form this week and will be looking to break through the 2:03 barrier for the first time in this evening’s semi-final.