ISLE OF MAN, September 9. A mixed bag of countries took home gold during day one of the short course meter format Commonwealth Youth Games.
Australia went 1-2 to begin the meet as Ami Matsuo (54.35) and Kotuku Ngawati (54.79) finished with gold and silver for the Aussies in the women's 100 free. England's Sophie Smith wound up third overall in 55.78.
England's Matthew Johnson touched out Australia's Eugene Tee, 4:15.41 to 4:15.84, in the men's 400 IM. South Africa's Martin Vogel rounded out the top three in 4:20.55.
Northern Ireland's Sycerika McMahon grabbed the women's 100 breast crown in 1:07.93, while South Africa's Kelly Gunnell took second in 1:08.26. Scotland's Emily Jones snared third in 1:09.04.
New Zealand's Corey Main hit the wall in 1:55.44 to win the men's 200 back. Isle of Man's Grant Halsall finished second in front of a partisan crowd with a 1:57.29. South Africa's Christopher van de Sande took third in 1:59.21.
South Africa's Marne Erasmus posted a 26.56 to win the women's 50 fly. New Zealand's Sophia Batchelor picked up second in 26.82, while Australia's Vanessa Puhlmann snagged third in 27.38.
Scotland's Craig Benson cleared 1:00 in the men's 100 breast with a top time of 59.63. Australia's Tommy Sucipto finished second in 1:01.15, while South Africa's Kurt Benjamin placed third in 1:06.37.
England's Georgia-Mae Hohmann captured the women's 200 back in 2:07.73. Compatriot Phoebe Lenderyou turned in a second-place 2:08.05, while New Zealand's Sophie Batchelor took her second podium with a third-place 2:09.14.
Australia's Chris Raven picked up the men's 50 fly title in 23.80, while South Africa's Hendrick Alberts posted a 24.46 for second. New Zealand's Alexander Hancock placed third in 24.47.
Australia's Remy Fairweather posted an 8:26.63 to win the women's 800 free. Compatriot Leah Neale, not to be confused with USA's Lia Neal, took second in 8:36.02. South Africa's Michelle Weber picked up third in 8:38.26.
Wales' Ieuan Lloyd topped the men's 200 free in 1:47.28. New Zealand's Matthew Hutchins earned second in 1:48.53, while Australia's Jarrod Poort finished third in 1:49.32.
In relay action, Australia's Ami Matsuo, Adelaide Hart, Kotuku Ngawati and Leah Neale won the women's 400 free relay in 3:41.57, while teammates Robert Gerlach, Tommy Sucipto, Chris Raven and Te Haumi Maxwell took home the men's 400 medley relay in 3:38.68.