In her first swim of the evening on the third day at the Australian Short Championships Alicia Coutts just missed the 100 IM World record that Katinka Hosszu set in only 13 days ago at the World Cup in Berlin. Coutts posted a 57.71 winning the final by over two seconds and destroyed Emily Seebhom‘s 2009 Australian and Commonwealth record of 58.50.
Hosszu broke Hinkelien Schreuder’s 2009 record 57.74 in Eindhoven and improved on it once again in Berlin swimming a 57.45.
Coutts skipped the 100 butterfly, but went on to win the women’s 50 freestyle later in the evening recording a time of 24.56.
Kenneth To also continued his winning ways on day three taking the men’s 100 breaststroke in a time of 59.12 and the 200 IM in a time of 1:54.55. To won the 200 IM at both the World Cup events in Eindhoven and Berlin earlier this month as he started his quest towards a second straight World Cup Series victory.
Without Coutts competing for the title in the 100 butterfly Ellen Gandy was able to take the event easily winning in a time of 56.94 almost a full second ahead of Christina Licciardi who finished second in a time of 57.84. Gandy is just coming off finishing third in this event in both Berlin and Eindhoven.
World Championships 200 backstroke silver medalist Belinda Hocking continued her winning ways after taking the 200 backstroke yesterday came back on evening two to win the 100 backstroke in a time of 57.52.
Sally Foster had a dominating performance in the women’s 200 breaststroke winning the event in a time of 2:20.07 almost four seconds ahead of Lorna Tonks who posted a 2:23.69. Foster, who finished seventh in the event in Barcelona had a very similar performance at the Australian World Championship Trials where she won the event by over two and a half seconds.
Matson Lawson and Travis Mahoney had a great battle for the 200 backstroke title. Mahoney went into the last turn with a healthy lead only to see Lawson storm past him in the final 50 meters, where he was over a full second quicker than Mahoney.
Lawson took the event in a time of 1:51.74 followed by Mahoney who touched in a time of 1:52.02.
In the 200 freestyle Bobby Hurley and Hugo Morris battled head to head for the entire distance. The 19 year old Morris, who won the 200 butterfly yesterday had the lead throughout the race only to be overtaken by Hurley on the final 50 meters. Hurley won the event in a time of 1:44.24 while Morris finished second in a time of 1:44.62.
Laura Crockart has continued her incredible competition sweeping the women’s distance events winning the 1500 freestyle in Commonwealth record time on the first evening, taking the 800 freestyle on day two and on day three she went on to win the 400 freestyle posting a time of 4:05.36.
Nathaniel Romeo took the 50 butterfly in a time of 22.92.
Full results can be found here