Australian Grand Prix, Canberra: Cate Campbell Clocks Swift Time

CANBERRA, Australia, April 25. THE first day of swimming at the Australian Grand Prix held in Canberra this weekend featured preliminary heats of both the standard variety and from the Monaco shootouts in the short course meter meet.

Cate Campbell lit the pool on fire in the women's 50 free Monaco heat with a meet-record time of 24.17. That demolished the previous record of 24.77 set by Alice Mills last year. Campbell's time is the eighth best in the world this year and improved upon her top time of 24.40 heading into the meet.

Other top finishes in the Monaco heats came from Tarnee White in the 50 breast (30.81), Felicity Galvez in the 50 fly (26.81) and Sophie Edington in the 50 back (28.79) for the women. Meanwhile, Matt Targett in the 50 free (22.19), Brenton Rickard in the 50 breast (28.80), Adam Pine in the 50 fly (24.17) and Ashley Delaney in the 50 back (24.17) led the men's Monaco heats.

Delaney also topped qualifying in the 100 back with a time of 53.47, while Travis Nederpelt earned a pair of top seeds in the 200 fly (1:59.93) and 400 IM (4:23.55).

Ashley Callus (100 free – 48.55), Craig Stevens (400 free – 3:53.60) and Craig Calder (200 breast – 2:17.80) were other top qualifiers for the men.

Angie Bainbridge (200 free – 1:57.91), Libby Trickett (100 fly – 1:00.83), Alicia Coutts (200 IM – 2:14.38) and Meagen Nay (200 back – 2:13.91) picked up the top seeds in their respective events for the women.