CANBERRA, Australia, November 5. A pair of international stars – American Natalie Coughlin and Great Britain's Caitlin McClatchey – enjoyed strong showings on Saturday during the AIS International Meet. The competition is serving as a tuneup for next month's Australian World Championship Trials, but also attracted a solid field from around the globe.
A five-time Olympic medalist, Coughlin had an easy time winning the 100 butterfly, as she touched the wall in 59.11. That effort, a quality mark for the middle of training, easily bettered the 1:00.24 turned in by Aussie Felicity Galvez. As for McClatchey, the middle-distance freestyle ace won the 200 free in 2:00.73, ahead of the 2:01.67 by Lara Davenport.
Already the winner of the 50 free, Eamon Sullivan delighted his home-nation crowd with a triumph in the 100 freestyle. The Aussie clocked in at 49.60 to edge Kenrick Monk (50.09). Another quality outing was produced by Jennifer Reilly, who won the 200 individual medley by more than five seconds. Reilly was timed in 2:16.45, much quicker than the 2:21.51 of Stephanie Rice.
Although better known for his sprinting ability in the breaststroke, Brenton Rickard took first place in the 200 distance of his prime stroke. Rickard went 2:13.87 to handily defeat Robert McDonald (2:17.70). Meanwhile, Tay Zimmer took an Australian win in the 200 backstroke with a 2:13.70 performance.
Other victories went to Ashley Delaney in the 100 backstroke in 55.41 and Tarnee White in the 100 breast (1:07.60). Delaney edged Great Britain's Liam Tancock (55.91) and White knocked off a field that included Aussie Jade Edmistone and Britain's Kate Haywood. Josh Krogh won the 200 fly in 1:59.26 and Craig Stevens prevailed in the 400 free (3:52.42).