Sunday 20 August 2017

Impressive Hill sets another record

Danielle Hill took the 100m backstroke title in 1:03.72, having broken Jane Roberts’ record on Thursday
Danielle Hill took the 100m backstroke title in 1:03.72, having broken Jane Roberts’ record on Thursday
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Swimming: Danielle Hill confirmed her status as one of the most promising swimmers in the country when she set another national junior record at the Irish Open championships last night.

The 15-year-old took the 100m backstroke title in 1:03.72, having broken Jane Roberts' record on Thursday.

Hill's fellow teenager Emma Reid of Ards also chalked up an Irish junior record in the 50m butterfly heats, clocking 28.07. Reid took the record from Shauna O'Brien, who landed the national title last night with 27.19, behind overall winner Caroline McTaggart of the USA, 27.02.

Calum Bain took the Irish title in the men's 50m butterfly final in 25.19 seconds with just 0.08 of second separating the top three. NCSA's Ian Finnerty took the top spot in 25.15, while Tallaght's Brendan Hyland was third in 25.23.

American Alex Lebed took gold in the men's 400m IM in 4:25.67. Aer Lingus' Ben Griffin retained the Irish title for the second year, posting a time of 4:34.30 to hold off Galway's Andrew Moore.

In the women's event, UCD's Shani Stallard claimed the Irish title in 4:59.29.

Curtis Coulter of Ards and UCD's David Prendergast ruled the men's 100m freestyle semi-finals, with just .01 of a second separating the two.

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