PERTH, Australia, September 14. KENNETH To continued to have an impressive meet at the Australian short course championships, scaring the national record in the 200 individual medley today.
To won the 200 IM in 1:53.69, which came within a second of Leith Brodie's national mark of 1:52.86, set in 2009. To won the 100 butterfly last night to add to the events he is likely to swim this December at the short course world championships. With this being the start of the short course season, To naturally stands at the top of the world rankings. It's also faster than he swam in the 2011 short course season, which was a 1:54.38 to put him ninth in the world. To was also a finalist in the 200 IM at the long course world championships last summer, finishing seventh.
Placing second in the men's 200 IM today was Travis Mahoney with a 1:55.11, while Justin James placed third in 1:57.08.
Marieke Guehrer won the women's 100 freestyle with a time of 52.72. Angie Bainbridge was runner-up with a 53.60, and Britta Elmslie took third with a 53.73.
Jordan White defeated defending champion Mikkayla Sheridan to win her first national title in the women's 200 backstroke in 2:07.25. Lauren Rettie was a close second with a 2:07.77, and Ellen Fullerton placed third with a 2:08.20. Sheridan fell to fourth with a 2:09.11.
Jeremy Meyer blasted from fourth seed after prelims to drop five seconds and win the men's 200 breaststroke in 2:07.46. Nicholas Schafer made a charge, but settled for second with a 2:08.07. Nikolas Pregelj finished third with a 2:09.23.
Shortly after her bronze medal finish in the 100 free, Elmslie won the women's 50 butterfly with a 26.63. Lucia Lassman took second with a 26.88 and Chris Licciardi placed third with a 27.01.
Jordan Harrison and Jarrod Killey fought for 16 lengths in the final of the men's 400 freestyle, with Harrison getting to the finish first in 3:43.69. Killey, who won the 200 free on the opening night, swam a 3:43.85. Mack Horton was third in 3:45.71.
Blair Evans was the class of the field in the women's 400 freestyle, winning by three seconds with a 4:05.49. Amelia Gould was second with a 4:08.30, with Laura Crockart third with a 4:09.12.
Cameron McEvoy, recently returning from a debut trip to the Olympics as a member of the 400 freestyle relay, won the men's 50 freestyle with a 21.48. Matthew Abood was second in 21.57 and Kyle Richardson took third with a 21.73.
Kotuku Ngawati won the women's 100 individual medley with a time of 1:00.18. Samantha Wilkins took second in 1:01.26 and Aisling Scott was third with a 1:01.35.
Robert Hurley, fresh off a win in the 100 backstroke yesterday, will go into the final of the 50 back as the top seed, thanks to a 23.90 swim in today's semifinals. Hurley isn't too far off his own national record of 23.24 that he set in 2008. Ashley Delaney (24.17) and Benjamin Treffers (24.27) are seeded second and third for tomorrow's final.
Joseph Carty posted the fastest time in today's men's 50 butterfly semifinal with a 23.60. Not far behind was Christopher Wright with a 23.64 and Phil Butcher with a 23.76.
Sally Foster was quickest in the women's 100 breaststroke semifinals with a 1:07.01, ahead of Lorna Tonks (1:07.14) and Sarah Katsoulis (1:07.31).