Conor Ferguson twice breaks Irish 50m backstroke mark at Euro Short Course tests

Conor Ferguson is hoping to represent Northern Ireland in next year's Commonwealth Games
Conor Ferguson's times bettered Jordan Sloan's Irish record of 24.22 seconds set last year

Conor Ferguson set two Irish records in as many races as he twice went under 24 seconds in finishing 14th in the 50m backstroke on the last day of the European Short Course Championships.

The Northern Irishman clocked 23.97 in the morning heats before improving that to 23.84 in the afternoon semi-finals.

Another Irishman Jordan Sloan had held the record with a 24.22 2016 clocking.

Larne's Danielle Hill took 0.15 off her own Irish 50m freestyle record as she clocked 25.49 to finish 35th.

Sloan had joined Ferguson in the morning 50m backstroke heats in Copenhagen as his time of 24.48 left him 30th overall.

Sloan and Cookstown man Calum Baines helped the Irish 4x50m medley relay quartet take over three seconds off the existing national record as they came home in 1:35.63 to finish 13th overall.

Alex Murphy and Conor Brines joined Sloan and Baines in the Irish relay line-up.

After being named RTE's young sports person of the year on Saturday night, Sligo woman Mona McSharry finished 18th in the 200m breaststroke with a 2:25.66 clocking.

Brendan Hyland finished 27th in the men's 200m butterfly after producing a time of 1:57.60.

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