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Danielle sets new Irish record as Amelia also strikes gold


First again: Danielle Hill won the 100m freestyle in Dublin last night
First again: Danielle Hill won the 100m freestyle in Dublin last night
Amelia Kane won the 800m free
David Kelly

By David Kelly

Danielle Hill continued to sparkle at the Irish short course championships last night in Dublin when she broke the women's 100m freestyle record.

The Larne club swimmer picked up two golds on Thursday night and over the past 10 days - having competed at the European championships - has set new Irish records for the 50m free and 100m back and now the 100m free.

Hill dominated the final and clocked a new mark of 53.81, breaking Mona McSharry's 2018 record of 54.34. Silver went to Niamh Kilgallen in 55.13, while Kilkenny's Naomi Trait set an Irish junior record of 55.73.

Fellow Ulster swimmer Amelia Kane also impressed as she took gold in the 800m freestyle, touching in 8:51.46, well ahead of Trojan's Grace Hodgins, 8:59.00.

European 50m backstroke bronze medallist Shane Ryan also continued his record-breaking form last night.

Ryan charged home to break the 50m butterfly Irish record of 23.28 set by Barry Murphy' in 2013. Ryan clocked 22.96.

Ards lad Paddy Johnston claimed his second Irish junior record in as many days to win silver in 24.02.

In the women's 50m butterfly final, Templeogue's Ellen Walshe took yet another record.

The talented 18-year-old had set the standard of 26.65 last month, but last night dashed to a a new best of 26.10 - a full half second off her previous best to take gold.

Walshe was back in the water soon after to claim another gold in the 400m individual medley with a personal best time of 4:38.38

Darragh Greene and Eoin Corby dominated the men's 100m breaststroke final with impressive lifetime bests.

The duo were the only two swimmers under the minute mark with Greene topping the podium in 58.13 and Corby in silver with a new Irish junior record of 58.38.

In the women's 100m breaststroke final, last week's European medallist Mona McSharry claimed her first title of the week in 1:05.72.

National Centre Dublin's Niamh Coyne was just behind in 1:05.94.

In the morning club relays, the Mixed 4x50m freestyle was won by Bangor who topped the podium in 1:38.68, with Ards in second in 1:39.12 and Aer Lingus taking bronze in 1:40.48.

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