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Big splash: Danielle Hill won the 100m back in record-breaking time and went on to clinch the 50m freestyle too
Big splash: Danielle Hill won the 100m back in record-breaking time and went on to clinch the 50m freestyle too
David Kelly

By David Kelly

Danielle Hill is having one of the best seasons of her career and it continued last night in the Irish Short Course Championships in Dublin.

Hill has been smashing Irish records at quite a rate over the past few months and on the opening night of the Championships, the Larne club swimmer set a new best for the 100m backstroke.

Hill, who broke the minute mark in the 100m back for the first time at the European Short Course Championships in Glasgow last week, took another 0.33 off her best of 58.62 to touch for gold in 58.29.

Just minutes later, Hill returned to the pool to land a second gold as she charged home to win the 50m freestyle in 24.78.

Lisburn's rising star Daniel Wiffen set a new Irish senior and junior record in the 800m freestyle. Wiffen, only the second Irish swimmer to break the eight-minute mark in the event, smashed through that barrier to clock 7:54.15, shattering Andrew Meegan's 2013 time of 7:59.92.

Brendan Hyland, who broke the 400m IM Irish record last week, took the 200m time last night. Hyland clocked 1:56.74 to take two tenths off James Brown's record, set just last week.

Bangor men broke their own 4x50m freestyle Irish club relay record in 1:27.70, while Aer Lingus, for the second year, won the women's final in 1:45.82.

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