April 21, 2022

Tokyo Olympian Danielle Hill picked up her third and fourth national titles and set a new Irish Record and two Championship Records as the Irish Open Swimming Championships continued in Dublin today.

Hill, competing for Larne Swimming Club, smashed through 55 seconds for the first time in tonight’s 100m Freestyle Final touching in 54.87 and knocking almost half a second off the previous record of 55.33 she had held for the past year. The 23-year-old also broke the championship record of 55.06 held by three-time Olympic Champion Katinka Hosszu since 2013.

Just an hour later, Hill went on to set a new Championship Record in the 50m Butterfly, her time of 26.84 was a personal best and her first-time sub 27 seconds.

Also continuing his record-breaking form, 18-year-old Liam Custer, who set a 400m IM Irish Junior Record on Tuesday, set another new standard in the 800m Freestyle to take the gold medal in 8:06.17. The previous record was held by Tokyo Olympian Daniel Wiffen in 8:13.72 from 2019. Sunday’s Wells’ Custer also broke the Championship Record of 8:12.13 held by US swimmer Brendan Driscoll.

Dolphins Max McCusker, who broke the 50m Butterfly Irish Record yesterday, came close to the 100m record this evening. McCusker was .11 off Brendan Hylands Irish record of 52.52 and Championship Record of 52.62, winning gold in 52.63.

Both Niamh Coyne and Eoin Corby added 50m Breaststroke to their 100m Breaststroke Titles from earlier in the week. Coyne clocked 32.37 while Corby won in 27.99.

Julia Knox won her first national title in the 400m Individual Medley, the Banbridge swimmer touched in 4:52.43 ahead of Templeogue’s Molly Mayne (4:53.33) and Ards’ Amelia Kane (4:57.47).

Competition continues tomorrow through to Saturday.

Day 3 Results

Women 400m IM Final: 1st J Knox Banbridge 4:52.43 2nd M Mayne Templeogue 4:53.33 3rd A Kane Ards 4:57.47

Men 50m Breaststroke Final: 1st E Corby National Centre Limerick 27.99 2nd D Greene National Centre Dublin 28.22 3rd U Cooke Tuam 28.73

Women 100m Freestyle Final: 1st D Hill Larne 54.87 ISR MR 2nd V Catterson National Centre Ulster 55.41 3rd E Riordan National Centre Dublin 56.61

Men 100m Butterfly Final: 1st M McCusker Dolphin 52.63 MR 2nd P Johnston Ards 53.29 3rd E Bailey New Ross 54.76

Women 50m Breaststroke Final: 1st N Coyne National Centre Dublin 32.37 2nd M Mayne Templeogue 32.71 3rd E Doyle National Centre Limerick 32.82

Men 800m Freestyle Final: 1st L Custer Sundays Well 8:06.17 IJR CR 2nd N Wiffen Larne 8:20.28 3rd J Fleming Lisburn 8:30.77

Women 50m Butterfly Final: 1st D Hill Larne 26.84 CR 2nd J Macdougald UCD 28.02 3rd K McCaw Larne 28.29

International Swimming Events Summer 2022

2022 LEN European Championships (50m), Rome, Italy, August 11th – 17th

(Senior summer benchmark meet for Republic of Ireland athletes)

Pre-selected athletes - Danielle Hill, Mona McSharry, Ellen Walshe, Darragh Greene, Brendan Hyland, Finn McGeever, Jack McMillan, Shane Ryan, Daniel Wiffen, Max McCusker, Niamh Coyne

Diving consideration standard met: Clare Cryan, Ciara McGing

2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, July 29th – August 3rd

(Senior summer benchmark meet for Northern Ireland athletes)

Pre-selected athletes – Danielle Hill, Daniel Wiffen, Jack McMillan, Tanya Watson (Diving)

2022 FINA World Championships (50m) in Budapest, Hungary, June 18th – July 3rd

(Used as preparation meet only for swimming, athletes may not attend)

Pre-qualified athletes – Daniel Wiffen, Jack McMillan, Mona McSharry. Ellen Walshe, Calum Bain, Shane Ryan, Danielle Hill

Diving consideration standard met: Clare Cryan, Ciara McGing

2022 World Para Swimming Championships in Madeira, Portugal, June 18th – 22nd

Minimum Qualification Standard met: Ellen Keane, Nicole Turner, Roisin NiRiain, Barry McClements, Amy Sheridan

2022 LEN European Junior Championships in Otopeni, Romania, July 5th – 10th

(The junior summer benchmark meet for athletes of this age banding)

Grace Hodgins, Liam Custer, Molly Mayne, Ellie McCartney, Evan Bailey

2022 EOC European Youth Olympic Festival in Banka Bystrica, Slovakia, July 25th – 29th

(The junior summer benchmark meet for athletes of this age banding)

Grace Davison, Conor Fitzgerald