Japan University Championships: Satomi Suzuki Sets Japanese Record

By Hideki Mochizuki, Swimming World Japanese correspondent

KUMAMOTO, Japan, September 4. THE 85th edition of the Japanese University Championships began today in Kumamoto. The location is in the south of Japan, and the meet is taking place over long course meters.

Satomi Suzuki opened the meet with a Japanese record in the women's 100 breast. Her time of 1:06.32 broke the record of 1:07.27 previously held by Masami Tanaka. The record was the oldest in the books heading into the meet. Suzuki is 18 and her previous best coming into 2009 was a 1:10.49. Last June, she charted a 1:07.41 at the Japan Open.

Ryosuke Irie clocked a meet-record time of 1:54.36 in the men's 200 back to win the event for the second year in a row.

Other winners from the first day were:

50m free: Kenta Ito, 22.33
400m free: Sho Uchida, 3:50.56
100m breast: Ryo Tateishi, 59.88
200m butterfly: Kazuya Kaneda, 1:56.22
200m back: Ryosuke Irie, 1:54.36
400m relay: Hosei Univ., 3:17.88

50m free: Misaki Yamaguchi, 25.54
400m free: Sakiko Nakamura, 4:13.94
100m breast: Satomi Suzuki, 1:06.32 Japan record
200m fly: 2:06.44
200m back: Shiho Sakai, 2:09.45
400m relay: Chukyo Univ., 3:43.81

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