GOLD COAST, Australia, September 28. MARIEKE Guehrer continued her strong meet at the Australian University Games with an impressive run of gold-medal performances, bringing her individual gold medal tally up to five. In sum, she has seven golds in two days including a pair of relay victories.
She clocked a meet-record 25.73 in the women's 50 free to open the day. That swim clipped her previous record of 25.74 set back in 2009. Her teammate Jessica Morrison took second in 26.67, while Ashleigh McCleery earned third in 26.82. Guehrer then posted a meet-record time of 26.93 in the women's 50 fly. That swim smashed her previous meet record of 27.80 from 2009. Mel Houghton (28.11) and Emma Gray (28.51) finished second and third. Her third meet-record performance of the day came with a 1:04.81 in the women's 100 back. That swim downed the 2008 record of 1:04.89 set by Amy Lucas. Grace Loh (1:05.06) and Karina Leane (1:05.75) rounded out the podium.
Kyle Richardson topped the men's 50 free with a meet record. He hit the wall in 22.69, beating his previous record of 22.94 from 2009. Gene Kubala took second in 23.35, while Bruce McGregor picked up third in 24.07.
Emily Selig made it three-for-three to start the second day with a third straight meet record going down. She clocked a 2:34.55 in the women's 200 breast to down Bianca Conwell's 2000 mark of 2:35.15. Hannah Mullen took second in 2:38.41, while Sam Marshall finished third in 2:39.02.
Christian Sprenger claimed the men's 200 breast title in 2:19.40, while Shaun Abbott placed second in 2:23.56. Lucas Liew finished third in 2:25.58. Matt Spence picked up the men's 50 fly crown in 25.37, while Sam McConnell (25.47) and Shane Kingsbury (25.49) took second and third.
Atte Liimatanien captured the men's 100 back in 58.72, while Andrew Gillespie took second in 59.04. Thomas Moreton earned third in 1:00.64. Rebecca Pegg won the women's 400 free in 4:30.94, while Nicolette Lyttle placed second in 4:36.09. Jessica Morrison placed third in 4:36.19. Meanwhile, Andrew Cameron hit the wall in 4:08.48 to win the men's 400 free. Donald Cameron (4:09.04) and Mark O'Donnell (4:10.86) placed second and third.
Guehrer earned her seventh overall gold of the meet, including two relay golds, when Melbourne's squad of Guehrer, Grace Loh, Nicollette Lyttle and Jessica Morrison won the women's 400 free relay in 4:02.82. That swim beat the 2010 record of 4:04.99 set by Queensland. Macquarie's Atte Liimatanien, Chris Warren, Harrison Pullinger and Donald Cameron won the men's 400 free relay in 3:37.97.