If Alana Nicholls wants to retain her Australian 200 metre kayak title tomorrow she'll have to hold off a very determined Jo Brigden-Jones.
Nicholls has made this event her own in recent years, culminating in her selection for the London Olympics last year.
But she's set for a tough battle tomorrow from a vastly improved Brigden-Jones.
"It looks like a lot of the girls have taken a step forward in the K 200 racing as well, so it's going to be tight I think," Nicholls said.
"Jo's paddling really well, she won Grand Prix 3, and before she had shoulder surgery she was going really well too.
"So it's good to see her back. You just don't know where everyone's at."
Manly's Brigden-Jones was rapt with her semi-final form.
"It's been a couple of years since my shoulder surgery, so I feel like I'm back on track now," she said.
"I still haven't reached the heights I reached back in 2010, but I feel like I'm getting back there with every race I have. I feel like my 200 is more on track than my 500."