SYDNEY, Australia, July 3. DANIEL Smith, 16, wiped out Kenrick Monk's three-year-old meet record in the 400 freestyle to open the first day of swimming at the Trans Tasman Series event held at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Center. Smith touched in 3:51.89, beating the rest of the field by nearly three seconds in the short course meter competition.
"I was watching [Kenrick] train yesterday and I knew he held that record and to be honest I was going after it," Smith said of Monk. "I am pretty stoked to break his record considering he is on the Australian team and is such a good swimmer."
Meanwhile, Smith's training partner Ellen Fullerton, 14, hit the wall in 2:16.68 in the 200 IM to set her own meet record. That performance knocked out a four-year-old record of Australian Penny Sproal.
Additionally, Grace Loh, 15, set the 50 back meet standard with a time of 28.67 in the first round of the Skins-based swims. Loh also won the women's 100 back in 1:01.95.
Daniel Bell, 17, of New Zealand doubled with wins in the men's 200 backstroke (2:02.97) and 100 butterfly (54.86).
Other winners from the first night of swimming included Kieren Casey, 17, in the men's 400 IM (4:26.78), Abby Shaw, 17, in the women's 200 butterfly (2:17.78), Jessica Legge, 14, in the women's 100 breaststroke (1:10.88), Jeremy Meyer, 16, in the men's 200 breaststroke (2:18.31), Cara Baker, 17, in the women's 800 free (8:36.72), Ellese Zalewski, 15, in the women's 200 free (2:02.33) and Orinoco Faamausili-Banse-Prince, 16, in the men's 100 free (49.95).
The meet is a three-team battle between New Zealand and a split-squad Australian contingent. The series continues in Sydney tonight before moving to Woy Woy on Wednesday and Thursday. The meet concludes in Canberra on Friday and Saturday.
Special thanks to Swimming Australia for contributing to this report.