A star studded field took to the pool on Friday to compete at the New South Wales Open Championships in Sydney.
In the first women’s event of the evening Emma McKeon and Emily Seebohm posted the top two times in the world rankings for the 50 butterfly. McKeon took the event in a time of 25.99 followed by Seebohm who touched in a time of 26.05.
McKeon and Seebohm take the top two spots away from Ranomi Kromowidjojo and Inge Dekker who had both posted a time of 26.07 earlier this year.
Brittany Elmslie finished third recording a time that now ranks fifth in the world.
McKeon also took the women’s 100 freestyle in a time of 53.72 which would rank her fourth in the world. Elmslie finished second in a time of 54.58 followed by Madison Wilson who posted a 54.72.
Later in the evening Seebohm won the women’s 200 backstroke taking the event in a time of 2:09.30 which is the third fastest time in the world rankings.
Seebohm was followed by Madison Wilson who recorded a 2:10.35 which puts her sixth in the world rankings. Hayley Baker finished third in a time of 2:10.86.
Jessica Ashwood won the women’s 800 freestyle. Ashwood and Lauren Boyle, who just started training under Denis Cotterell, had a strong battle in the first half of the race.
Boyle turned sixth one-hundredths of a second behind Ashwood. The second half belonged to Ashwood who finished in a time of 8:21.33.
Boyle recorded a 8:25.80 while Katie Goldman finished third in a time of 8:34.53.
Ashwood’s time is a season’s best which holds her in the second place spot in the world rankings. Boyle’s finishing time places her fifth.
James Guy took the men’s 400 freestyle in a time of 3:45.98, just off his season’s best of 3:45.77 which is currently the top ranked time in the world. Guy was challenged by David McKeon for the entire with only six one-hundredths separating the two heading into the final 100 meters.
McKeon finished second in a time of 3:46.43 which beat his previous season’s best 3:46.74. His time in Perth lands him in the third spot in the world rankings.
Mack Horton finished third in a time of 3:49.47.
Yuuya Yajma of Japan dominated the men’s 200 butterfly taking the event by more than three seconds. Yajma posted a 1:56.38 which moves him from fifth to third in the world rankings.
Keiran Auaium finished second in a time of 1:59.61 followed by Ko Fukaya who hit the wall in a time of 1:59.75.
Kanako Wantanabe of Japan lead the 100 breaststroke from start to finishing winning the event in a time of 1:07.21. She was followed by Jennie Johansson yajwho touched in a time of 1:07.35 and Jessica Hansen who finished in a time of 1:07.61.
Ryo Takeishi won the men’s 50 breaststroke in a time of 28.11 breaking into the world’s top ten in the seventh place position. Joshua Palmer finished second in a time of 28.40 followed by Matthew Treloar who recorded a 28.42.
James Magnussen took the men’s 100 freestyle in a time of 49.24. Magnussen was well off his season’s best of 48.43 which is currently the fastest time posted so far this year.
Katsumi Nakmuara finished in a time of 49.57 followed by Cameron McEvoy who hit the wall in a time of 49.75.
Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Keryn McMaster took the women’s 400 IM in a time of 4:42.53. Hiroko Makino finished second in a time of 4:45.04 followed by Taylor McKeown who posted a 4:46.79.
Takeshi Kawamoto won the men’s 50 backstroke in a time of 25.38. He was followed by Mitch Larkin who recorded a 25.58 and Daniel Arnamnart who touched in third with a time of 25.73.
Joshua Alford (S14) took men’s multi-class 50 freestyle in a time of 25.74. Mitchell Kilduff (S14) finished second in a time of 25.94 followed by Andrew Pasterfield (S10).
In the women’s event Ellie Cole (S9) hit the wall first in a time of 29.20. She was followed by Maddison Elliott (S8) who recorded a time of 31.20 and Mary Fisher (S11) who posted a 32.19.
Full results can be found here.