During the second day of swimming at the Mare Nostrum tour in Barcelona, Libby Trickett provided the fireworks with a World Record in the Women's 100 Free. Leading throughout, Trickett recorded a 25.50 split at the 50-meter turn, a tenth off World Record pace, but put in the afterburners and came home in 52.87 seconds, wiping one one-hundreth of a second off the mark she set in Sydney last year.
Will it happen? I think so. Trickett's 24.21 in the 50 is the second fastest time in the world this year, behind Marleen Veldhuis' 23.96 World Record. It is also faster than she swum at either Australian Trials or the Duel in the Pool, both meets where she swam under 53 in the 100. She has looked stellar so far this year (with the painful exception of her Trials 100 Fly), and this would be another step in the right direction towards the defense of her world title.