SYDNEY, Australia, January 29. IN a fun long course meter showcase meet, the stars of Australian swimming came out to play at the Australian Summer Swim Series in Sydney.
Geoff Huegill topped the first individual event of the day with a 25.14 in the men's 50 fly, while Marieke Guehrer followed with a victory in the women's 50 fly in 27.83. Ashley Delaney led the way in the men's 100 back with a 57.05, while Emily Seebohm took home the women's 100 back title in 1:03.48 by overtaking Grace Loh (1:03.79) in the final 50 meters. Kenneth To picked up the men's 200 IM title in 2:06.99.
Christian Sprenger beat Brenton Rickard to the wall in the men's 50 breast, 29.05 to 29.42, while Leiston Pickett touched out Sarah Katsoulis, 32.53 to 32.75, in the women's 50 breast. Huegill captured his second gold of the meet with a 56.01 in the men's 100 fly. Stephanie Rice followed with a victorious 1:02.37 in the women's 100 fly. She clipped Madeline Groves, who took second in 1:02.42. Blair Evans grabbed the women's 200 free crown in 2:02.29.
In sprint 50 knockout action, Matthew Abood topped Te Hau Maxwell, 24.67 to 26.81, in the men's 50 free. Sally Foster knocked out Alexandra Purcell, 27.00 to 27.73, in the women's 50 free finale. Ashley Delaney smashed Daniel Arnamnart, 27.19 to 31.20, in the men's 50 back finale, while Belinda Hocking cleared Grace Loh by the slimmest of margins, 30.29 to 30.30, in the women's 50 back.
In relay action, the team of Nick Ffrost, Emma McKeon, Kris Taylor and Kelly Stubbins won the mixed 400 free relay in 3:36.43. Grace Loh, Sarah Katsoulis, Marieke Guehrer and Kelly Stubbins captured the women's 400 medley relay in 4:15.43. Kyle Richardson, Matthew Abood, Kenneth To and Kenrick Monk drew the men's 400 free relay win in 3:24.96.
In the celebrity relay that featured all four team captains (Michael Klim, Susie O'Neill, Linley Frame and Matt Welsh), Klim's team came out on top with Matt Poole, Tara Coleman, Tom Atkinson and Klim winning the 400 free relay in 3:57.56 with Klim clocking a 58.48 split. O'Neill's team of Trevor Hendy, Chris Brown, Craig Riddington and O'Neill took second in 4:03.52 with O'Neill charting a 1:01.69 anchor leg. Frame (1:07.77) and Welsh (59.44) also turned in anchor legs of their own.
Meanwhile, Olympic silver medalist Eamon Sullivan drew another injury. Sullivan could not fight off an ankle injury he sustained during a training camp in Mexico three weeks ago. In the camp in San Luis Potosi, Sullivan hit his ankle on the bottom of the pool, which wound up causing a small fracture according to Swimming Australia.
"It's disappointing to be injured at this time of the year, January is just not a good month for me," Sullivan told Swimming Australia. "I guess the one positive I can take out of the injury is that I managed to train well for three weeks over there at altitude with the injury, but having only just found out that it's actually fractured, I've decided to withdraw from the rest of this series."
At the end of the day, Team O'Neill led the cumulative scoring with a combined team time of 43:27.87.
Team times at the end of Day 1
Team O'Neill – 43:27.87
Team Klim – 43:39.20
Team Welsh – 43:47.09
Team Frame – 43:56.55