MANCHESTER, England, April 12. FRAN Halsall of Great Britain clocked the fastest semifinal time in the 50 freestyle at the FINA World Short Course Championships.
Halsall cranked out a time of 24.20, which stood .09 second faster than the next fastest standard.
Marleen Veldhuis of the Netherlands finished second with a time of 24.29. Jessica Hardy of the United States, who just finished up a first-place performance in the 100 breaststroke, qualified third with a time of 24.35.
Hinkelien Schreuder from the Netherlands posted the fourth-best time of 24.40. Alice Mills of Australia finished fifth in a time of 24.43.
Hanna-Maria Seppala of Finland (24.54), Agata Korc of Poland (24.55) and Sweden's Claire Hedenskog (24.74) completed the field of eight qualifiers for tomorrow's final.