While competing at the 2017 Slovenian Open this week, Irish swimmer Danielle Hill lowered her own 50m freestyle Senior National Record, clocking 25.85 to close out the competition. Hill’s new personal best shaves just short of a tenth off of her mark of 25.94 from the McCullagh Meet in February of this year, a performance which resulted in Hill becoming the first Irish woman to ever dip under the 26-second threshold in the sprint event.
Hill also holds the 50m backstroke Irish national record along with several junior national records. In Slovenia, the 50m freestyle gold marked Hill’s 3rd title at the meet, having already notched wins in the 100m backstroke and 50m backstroke.
Title-wise, Hill had a successful Irish National Championships this past April, where the teen came away with 4 national titles with 2 new personal bests. However, failing to notch any World Championships qualifying times, Hill did not make the trip to Budapest and is instead targeting the 2018 Commonwealth Games taking place in Gold Coast, Australia.