DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, December 16. ARIANA Kukors of the United States will be the top seed for tomorrow's 100 IM final, setting a championship record in the semifinals with a 58.65.
In addition to the meet record, Kukors also captured the American record in the event, eclipsing the official record of 58.80, set in 2002 by Natalie Coughlin. She also swam under the un-ratified record of 58.75 swum in November 2009 by Whitney Myers. USA Swimming deemed all swims done in techsuits after Oct. 1, 2009, to ineligible for American records. Notably, Kukors was within reach of Hinkelien Schreuder's world record of 57.74 set in November 2009.
Kotuku Ngawati of Australia will line up as the second seed tomorrow with a 59.18, with Liu Jing of China getting the third spot with a 59.36.
Schrueder (59.63), Melissa Franklin (59.67), Jane Trepp (59.77), Evelin Verraszto (59.86) and Theresa Michalak (59.87) will also be in the final.