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Watson dives into European Championships final while McSharry advances to 50m breastroke semis

Both Tanya Watson and Mona McSharry will be in action in their finals later today at the European Swimming and Diving Championships.

IRELAND’S TANYA WATSON has booked her place in the European Championships platform final in Edinburgh, while Mona McSharry has qualified for the 50m breaststroke Semi-Final in Glasgow.

16-year-old Watson, who is making her senior international debut for Ireland, produced a superb display to clinch a spot in the final, finishing in 11th place in the Women’s 10-metre diving platform preliminaries.

The final takes place at 2.40 later today.

She has been enjoying an impressive campaign so far and has competed at the European Junior and World Junior Championships, where she also made platform finals.

Meanwhile, 17-year-old McSharry is through to her second semi-final as she prepares to fight for a place in the final of the 50m Breaststroke in the European Championships in Glasgow.

After featuring in the 100m Breaststroke semi-final earlier in the competition, McSharry clocked a time of 31.09 to finish in third place in the 50m breaststroke heats and will need to be close to her best time of 30.87 to advance to tomorrow’s final.

She qualified as the 10th fastest overall and will be back in the water for the semis at 5.25 today.

Elsewhere, Brendan Hyland failed to advance after swimming his second-fastest ever time of 53.37 in the 100m Butterfly heats to finish seventh. He will return to the pool for the Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay on Thursday.

Calum Bain and Robbie Powell were both swimming in the 50m Freestyle heats and clocked times of 23.11 and 23.35 respectively. Powell came home in fourth in his heat while Bain took eighth place as both failed to progress.

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