Miki Uchida Downs Japanese Record in 50 Free at 2015 Japanese Intercollegiate Championships

Photo Courtesy: Tobiuo Japan

Miki Uchida kicked off the 2015 Japanese Intercollegiate Championships with a Japanese record in the women’s 50-meter freestyle.

Uchida clipped her previous record with a 24.96 in the splash-and-dash finals.  That swim cleared her 24.97 from semifinals of the 2015 Japan Swim in April.

Kosuke Hagino, initially set to swim in this meet, elected to withdraw from the meet with complications in rehabilitation for his broken right elbow.

The reigning Swimming World World Swimmer of the Year, Hagino missed the World Championships after breaking his right elbow.  A Hagino spokesperson stated that it was too hard of work to get Hagino in shape for this meet and that his elbow had swollen up, so they needed to take time off to avoid any reinjury.

Meanwhile, Masato Sakai blasted the meet record of 1:55.11 with a top time of 1:54.57 in the men’s 200-meter fly.

That swim nearly cleared Sakai’s fifth-ranked season best time of 1:54.24 from Worlds.

Nao Kobayashi dominated the women’s 200-meter fly finale with a 2:08.08.  That time pushed her to 18th in the world rankings.

Kanako Watanabe unleashed a 1:06.49 in the women’s 100-meter breast for the win.  That swim nearly cleared her sixth-ranked season best of 1:06.43 from Worlds.

Kazuki Kohinata beat Hayabusa Watanabe, 1:00.56 to 1:00.67, in the men’s 100-meter breast.

Yuki Shirai took down Keita Sunama, 1:57.10 to 1:57.16, in the men’s 200-meter backstroke finale.

Yuriko Saito edged Megumi Kamimura and Yuka Kato in the women’s 200-meter back with a time of 2:10.16. Kamimura (2:10.31) and Kato (2:10.32) battled it out for second.

Naito Ehara topped the men’s 400-meter free in 3:49.23, while Chihiro Igarashi took home the women’s 400-meter free in 4:11.51.

Katsumi Nakamura won the men’s 50-meter free in 22.23.

2015 Japanese Intercollegiate Championships: Day 1 – Results