SINGAPORE, November 21. THE first day of prelims is complete at the FINA World Cup stop hosted in Singapore.
Men's 100 free
Coming down from high altitude training in Flagstaff, Ariz., Matt Abood of Australia put on a show in the morning with a 46.22. That swim finished just off his national mark of 46.06 set at the Berlin stop. Compatriot Mitchell Patterson took second in 47.39.
South Africa's Darian Townsend placed third in 47.44, while Great Britain's Ross Davenport took fourth in 47.97.
New Zealand's Michael Jack tied Andrew McMillan's national record from August of 48.04 to qualify fifth. Australia's Adam Pine touched sixth in 48.36. Meanwhile, Australia's Lloyd Townsend claimed seventh in 48.64, while Singapore's Zach Ong gave the finale some local flavor with a 49.00.
Women's 200 free
The Netherlands' Inge Dekker cruised to the top seed with a 1:56.09, while Great Britain's Fran Halsall qualified second in 1:57.44. Australia's Kelly Stubbins (1:57.54) and Sweden's Petra Grandlund (1:57.64) picked up the third and fourth seeds.
Australia's Angie Bainbridge (1:57.97), Germany's Daniela Schreiber (1:58.35), Russia's Svetlana Karpeeva (1:59.16) and Australia's Melanie Schlanger (1:59.26) completed the rest of the top eight.
Men's 50 breast
South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh (25.80) and Roland Schoeman (25.87) set up a battle in the sprint breast as the duo will target van der Burgh's global mark of 25.25 during finals.
Brazil's Felipe Da Silva qualified third in 26.81, while teammate Joao Gomes Jr. placed fourth in 26.97.
South Africa's Neil Versfeld (26.97), Indonesia's Indra Gunawan (27.18) and Australia's Christian Sprenger (27.21) snagged the fifth through seventh transfer spots.
Japan's Yuta Suenaga and Singapore's Parker Lam set up a swimoff for the eighth spot with matching 27.35s in qualifying. Suenaga went on to win the head-to-head battle, 26.80 to 27.50.
Women's 100 breast
This will be the final weekend where the world gets to see the Jessica Hardy and Leisel Jones showdowns on a regular basis as part of the World Cup circuit. Hardy led the way in qualifying with a 1:05.26, while Jones qualified second in 1:06.47.
Australia's Sarah Katsoulis (1:06.94), Hong Kong's Yvette Kong (1:07.33), South Africa's Ronwyn Roper (1:09.46) and Australia's Chelsea Carpenter (1:09.62) qualified third through sixth.
Singapore earned the final two spots with Cheryl Lim (1:12.57) and Louisa Yeo (1:13.54) making their way back into finals.
Men's 400 IM slower seeds
Two swimmers from Singapore were part of the early heat for the men's distance medley. Nicholas Ho (4:40.14) and Sean Yap (4:44.36) were the two that competed in the morning.
Women's 100 fly
Australia's Felicity Galvez paced prelims with a time of 56.55, while Great Britain's Fran Halsall touched second in 57.29. Singapore's Li Tao (57.46) and The Netherlands' Inge Dekker (57.88) qualified third and fourth.
Germany's Franziska Hentke (59.05), Australia's Jessicah Schipper (59.07), Sweden's Petra Grandlund (1:00.01) and Singapore's Meagan Lim (1:03.91) wound up claiming the final four transfer spots into finals.
Men's 100 back
Australia's Ashley Delaney claimed the top seed with a 51.06, while four other swimmers broke 52 seconds in qualifying. Peter Marshall of the U.S. touched in 51.16, while Austria's Markus Rogan took third in 51.33. Brazil's Guilherme Guido (51.55) and Russia's Arkady Vyatchanin (51.75) qualified fourth and fifth.
South Africa's Garth Tune (52.11) and Australia's Daniel Blackborrow (52.33) touched sixth and seventh, while U.S. star Aaron Peirsol used his usual tactic of saving something for finals by just making the top eight with a 52.37.
Women's 50 back
Australia's Emily Seebohm cleared 27 seconds with a 26.99 for the top seed. Teammate Marieke Guehrer finished second in 27.03, while Brazil's Fabiola Molina touched third in 27.47.
Singapore's Shana Lim (27.74) and The Netherlands' Hinkelien Schreuder (27.89) qualified fourth and fifth, while Lara Jackson of the U.S. finished sixth in 28.07.
South Africa's Jessica Ashley-Cooper (28.44) and Finland's Riia-Rosa Koskelainen (28.76) also picked up championship final lanes.
Men's 200 fly
With just 12 swimmers competing in the event, it did not take too much effort to make finals. Japan's Kazuya Kaneda topped qualifying in 1:52.62. Australia's Nick D'Arcy (1:54.58) and teammate Lachlan Staples (1:56.39) finished second and third.
South Africa's Wesley Gilchrist (1:58.34), Germany's Toni Embacher (2:00.36), Indonesia's Pratama Siahaan (2:05.49), Singapore's Rainer Ng (2:06.71) and Singapore's Jonathan Poh (2:07.69) also made finals.
Women's 200 IM
Emily Seebohm of Australia led another event, this time with a 2:11.08 in the 200 IM. South Africa's Kathryn Meaklim placed second in 2:12.09, while Whitney Myers of the U.S. touched third in 2:12.92.
South Africa's Ronwyn Roper (2:15.00), Great Britain's Elizabeth Simmonds (2:15.86) and Russia's Svetlana Karpeeva (2:16.60) qualified fourth through sixth.
Australia's Chelsea Carpenter (2:17.27) and Hong Kong's Yvette Kong (2:21.68) snatched the final two lanes into finals.
Men's 400 free
South Africa's Jay-Cee Thomson (3:47.51) led the middle distance event, with Australia's Robert Hurley punching the pad second in 3:47.69. Switzerland's Dominik Meichtry (3:49.19) and Tunisia's Ous Mellouli (3:49.21) will bracket them in finals.
Great Britain's Ross Davenport (3:51.24), Singapore's Marcus Cheah (3:52.62), Japan's Yu Machida (3:56.98) and Singapore's Ren Teo (4:05.43) also earned spots in the finale.
Women's 50 free
Sweden's Therese Alshammar (23.78) and The Netherlands' Inge Dekker (23.96) cleared 24 seconds in the splash and dash, while Dekker's teammate Hinkelien Schreuder qualified third in 24.25. Lara Jackson of the U.S. touched fourth in 24.28.
Australia's Marieke Guehrer (24.66), Germany's Daniela Schreiber (24.92), Australia's Angie Bainbridge (25.23) and Singapore's Li Tao (25.34) all made the championship heat as well.
Men's 200 breast
Japan's Yuta Suenaga topped qualifying with a 2:09.54, while Australia's Craig Calder (2:10.18) and teammate Christian Sprenger (2:10.81) finished second and third in the morning.
South Africa's Neil Versfeld (2:11.06), South Africa's Terence Parker (2:11.18), Russia's Maksim Shcherbakov (2:12.77), Indonesia's Indra Gunawan (2:13.28) and Australia's Karl Wurzer (2:14.66) comprised the rest of the final field.
Men's 100 IM
The sprint medley finale will feature a strong Australian presence. Daniel Arnamnart (54.86), Daniel Blackborrow (55.24), Leith Brodie (55.29), Avrton Dickey (55.37) and Sam Ashby (56.24) all made the finale.
South Africa's Darian Townsend led the way with a 53.78, while teammate Wesley Gilchrist also earned a spot back tonight with a 55.97. Singpore's Joshua Lim picked up the eighth spot with a 57.31.
Women's 200 back
South Africa's Mandy Loots clocked the fastest time (2:08.73) in a sparsely contested prelim field. Great Britain's Elizabeth Simmonds (2:09.69) and South Africa's Jessica Ashley-Cooper (2:09.69) tied for the second seed, while Whitney Myers of the U.S. placed fourth in 2:10.17.
Hong Kong's Claudia Lau (2:12.91), Australia's Belinda Bennett (2:13.96), Singapore's Shana Lim (2:16.27) and South Africa's Brittany Odette Cameron (2:16.87) also made finals.
Men's 50 fly
Five 22-second performances were recorded during preliminary qualifying of the sprint fly. South Africa's Roland Schoeman turned in the top time with a 22.40, while Australia's Geoff Huegill (22.66), South Africa's Garth Tune (22.72), Brazil's Nicholas Dos Santos (22.77) and Australia's Adam Pine (22.91) also cleared 23 seconds to qualify in the top five.
Australia also earned the sixth through eighth qualifying spots by way of Mitchell Patterson (23.38), Daniel Arnamnart (23.99) and Lachlan Staples (24.45).