ROME, Italy, June 6. THE Australians put on a show during the first day of the Sette Colli (Seven Hills) meet taking place in Rome, Italy this weekend.
Leisel Jones scared her world record in the women's 100 breast with a time of 1:05.34, just off her top time of 1:05.09 from 2006. Sweden's Joline Hostman placed second in 1:07.79, while Kate Haywood of Great Britain took third in 1:08.70.
Eamon Sullivan of Australia then won a head-to-head matchup with some big guns like Stefan Nystrand of Sweden, Alain Bernard of France and Filippo Magnini of Italy in the 50 free. Sullivan lodged a time of 21.85 for the win, while Nystrand (22.19), Bernard (22.25) and Magnini (22.51) placed second through fourth.
Australia's Emily Seebohm started the first night of action with a strong effort in the women's 50 back. She checked in with a top time of 28.31, while Brazil's Fabiola Molina finished second in 28.45 and Japan's Hanae Ito took third in 28.67.
Randall Bal of the United States improved upon his best time this year in the 50 back with a winning effort of 25.02. That moved him to fourth in the world this year behind Aristidis Grigoriadis (24.94) and ahead of Guilherme Guido (25.04). Australia's Hayden Stoeckel placed second in 25.16, while South Africa's Gerhard Zandberg took third in 25.28.
The women's 400 free title went to Italy's Federica Pellegrini, who dominated the race in 4:02.93. Poland's Otylia Jedrzejczak was the closest competitor with a 4:08.79, while Great Britain's Rebecca Adlington finished third in 4:09.44.
The Italians owned the men's 400 free as Federico Colbertaldo snared the middle distance event in 3:45.20, while Massi Rosolino finished second in 3:46.57. Great Britain's David Carry wound up third in 3:48.39.
Italy also won the men's 100 breast as Edoardo Giorgetti hit the wall in 1:01.71, while Great Britain's Kristopher Gilchrist (1:01.92) and Christopher Cook (1:01.95) rounded out the top three.
Jemma Lowe of Great Britain followed in the women's 100 fly with a time of 58.28, while Slovenia's Sara Isakovic took second in 59.14 and Great Britain's Fran Halsall placed third in 59.23.
Andrew Lauterstein then led an Australian 1-2 in the men's 100 fly with a time of 52.14. He beat teammate Garth Kates, who placed second in 52.83. Slovenia's Peter Mankoc claimed third in 53.04.
The women's 1500 free then provided a break for most of the swimmers, while Great Britain's Cassandra Patten emerged with a win in 16:29.34.
The women's 50 free then featured Sweden's Therese Alshammar touching out Halsall, 24.92 to 24.99, while Sweden's Anna-Karin Kammerling placed third in 25.32.