SYDNEY, Australia, January 19. THE third night of action at the Australia Youth Olympic Festival produced plenty of ties as the youngsters swam for national pride.
Australia's Amelia Gould and Alanna Bowles dropped the women's 400 free meet record of 4:13.30 set by China's Zheng Jing in 2005 with an exciting tie with matching 4:12.67s tonight in the middle distance event. Japan's Tsuzumi Hasegawa finished third in 4:15.79. Australia's Mack Horton followed that up with a 3:54.19 to win the men's 400 free as one of the few meet records to survive this meet was Stephen Penfold's 2011 time of 3:54.11. Japan's Yuto Sato took second in 3:54.54, while Katsuki Hashiguchi placed third in 3:56.75.
In another surprising tie, Australia's Jemma Schlicht and Japan's Rino Hosoda deadheated in the women's 100 fly with 59.73s that both beat Jessicah Schipper's 2003 meet record of 59.95. Australia's Madeline Groves placed third in 59.79. Japan's Takeshi Kawamoto lowered Corney Swanepoel's 2003 meet record of 53.85 with a 53.82 to win the men's 100 fly. Australia's Alexander Graham tied Japan's Masato Sakai for second with matching 54.05s.
Canada's Sydney Pickrem earned the women's 200 back title in 2:13.02, with Jennifer Fratesi's 2001 meet record of 2:12.42 holding up to the attempt. Japan's Mayuko Goto took second in 2:13.33, while Australia's Hayley Baker finished third in 2:14.14. Tobias Oriwol's 2001 meet record of 2:00.03 in the men's 200 back also stayed on the books with Kawamoto doubling up with a 2:01.61 for the win. Australia's Mitchell Pratt placed second in 2:02.52, while compatriot Lachlan McLeish finished third in 2:05.25.
Australia's Alexandra Purcell, Jemma Schlicht, Chelsea Gillett and Alanna Bowles won the women's 400 free relay in 3:46.26, lowering the meet record of 3:46.42 set by China in 2007. Australia's Alexandra Graham, Mack Horton, Blake Jones and Jayke Rees took home the men's 400 free relay title in 3:21.85 for a meet record of their own.