And on the final day, she rested. Melbourne University’s Marieke Guehrer, who through the first two days of competition picked up 5 individual wins, only swung at one on the 3rd day of the 2011 Australian University Games: the 100 free. There, she took a win in 56.87 seconds, which missed her own Meet Record set two years ago.
Guehrer’s relative lull gave a few other swimmers the opportunity to step into the spotlight. That includes Christian Sprenger from Queenland Tech, who broke a Meet Record in the 50 breaststroke with a mark of 28.76. That cleared his own swim from 2009 of 28.94. He’s been a second faster this year, but that’s still a solid mark for the Australian Record holder.
Another National Teamer, Sam Marshall from Melbourne, broke the corresponding Meet Record in the women’s edition of the race. Her winning time of 33.05 cleared the mark held by Katherin Bigby from 2001. Over the three-day course of this meet, Marshall and teammate Emily Selig (4th – 35.00) have combined to break all three women’s breaststroke records, and all three were at least 10 years old.
The other notable result on the day was Kyle Richardson’s winning 100 free result of 50.93. We mentioned it after earlier swims, but this race is going to be his primary focus in his fight to hang on to a relay spot for the London Olympics. While this time was probably not quite as fast as he had hoped (it’s his slowest swim of 2011), Richardson is a notoriously poor in-training swimmer who usually unleashes his true potential only at his big taper meet.