Oceanic Championships: Lorna Tonks Breaks Meet Record in 50 Breast

NOUMEA, New Caledonia, May 31. AUSTRALIA'S Lorna Tonks set the first meet record of the competition in winning the women's 50 breast as the 2012 Oceanic Championships continued in New Caledonia.

Tonks, the winner of the 100 breast last night, picked up a second gold in the women's 50 breast with a new meet record of 31.66. Tonks had already lowered the mark in prelims to 32.01. Teammate Jessica Hansen finished in 33.13 for silver, followed by Guam's Pilar Shimizu (34.45). In the men's 100 breast, Tonga's Amini Fonua turned in a winning time of 28.80, ahead of Australians Nikolas Pregelj (29.29) and Nicholas Schafer (29.74).

Australian Amy Levings, winner of the women's 400 IM last night, picked up another convincing win, this time in the 400 free. Levings touched in 4:16.50, nearly 16 seconds ahead of teammate Emily Seymour (4:32.12) and 24 seconds in front of the Hawaii's Lena Hayakawa (4:40.13). After winning the men's 200 fly two nights ago, Declan Potts of Australia climbed back onto the top step of the podium in the men's 400 free, winning in 3:55.23. Fellow countryman Trent Grimsey took silver in 4:01.68, just .01 in front of New Zealand's Isaac Foote (4:01.69).

The women's 100 fly featured an intriguing battle between two of the top Aussies at the meet, Nicole Mee and Lorna Tonks. Mee got to the wall first in 1:01.41, with Tonks right behind in 1:01.61. Yasmine Ware of Hawaii took third in 1:06.35. In the men's race, Australians Daniel Lester (53.45) and Kenneth To (53.74) finished first and second, while Papua New Guinea's Ryan Pini picked up yet another medal with a bronze medal showing of 53.87.

Mikkayla Sheridan of Australia swept the women's backstrokes with a winning effort of 2:14.06 in the 200. Jordan White, also of Australia, touched second in 2:15.30 while Emma Terebo of France finished third in 2:23.85. On the men's side, Ben Edmonds of Australia held off two New Zealanders to win in 2:03.12. Kurt Crosland took silver in 2:03.40, followed by Benjamin Gillies in 2:04.90.

Australia closed out the session with two more wins in the men's and women's 4×100 freestyle relays. Ami Matsuo, Jordan White, Mikkayla Sheridan and Amy Levings finished in 3:49.40 for the women's title, while Kyle Richardson, Kenneth To, Daniel Lester and Declan Potts took top honors in the men's race with a 3:24.71.