2014 Jr Pan Pacific Championships: Day 4 Finals Real-Time Recaps


Saturday, August 30th:

  • 200 IM
  • 50 free
  • 200 breast
  • Girls 1500 free (timed finals)
  • Boys 800 free (timed finals)
  • 4×100 medley relay (finals only)

Women’s 200 IM

Ella Eastin of the United States went into the finals as the second fastest qualifier, but was determined to leave the pool with the evening’s fastest time. Sachi Mochida of Japan turned first at the 50 meter mark with a butterfly split of 28.94, that was the last time that Eastin would trail in the race. The American took control of the event in the backstroke eventually taking the gold in a time of 2:13.12.

With the win Eastin completes the sweep of women’s IM events.

Canadian Mary-Sophie Harvey split a 30.00 in her final 50 meters, more than a second faster than Easton, but it was not enough as she finished second in a time of 2:13.77. Although Harvey was not able to grab the gold she shaved off almost two and a half seconds off of her entry time.

Kim Williams of the United States collected the bronze finishing in a time of 2:14.18.

Mochida finished fourth in a time of 2:16.21 followed by Tianni Gilmour of Australia (2:16.68), Hiroko Makino of Japan (2:16.96), Monika Gonzalez Hermosillo of Mexico (2:19.55) and Meg Bailey of Australia (2:19.72).

 Men’s 200 IM

After winning both the 200 butterfly and 400 IM American Andrew Seliskar went into the 200 IM looking for his third individual gold medal of the competition. He was challenged by teammate Curtis Ogren for much of the race. Going into the final 50 meters Ogren trailed Seliskar by only 35 one-hundredths of a second. Seliskar separated himself from Ogren in the freestyle posting a split of 28.47 winning the event in a time of 2:00.81.

Ogren took the silver in a time of 2:02.21, holding off a late charge by Juran Mizohata of Japan who had the fastest final 50 of the final, recording a split time of 27.98. Mizohata finished in a time of 2:02.31.

Australian Jake Baggaley finished fourth in a time of 2:02.75 followed by Bradlee Ashby of New Zealand (2:03.28), Canadian Robert Hill (2:04.68), Wang Zhou of China (2:06.20) and Joachim Bardrum of Australia (2:08.79)

Women’s 50 freestyle

American Amy Bilquist took gold in the women’s 50 freestyle posting a time of 25.04. Bilquist came into the competition with a season and lifetime best of 25.28. Her time moves her into the fifth place position in the 18 and under world rankings.

Zhu Menghui of China, who destroyed her lifetime best of 25.80 in the prelims posting a 25.08, took the silver in a time of 25.12.

Lucy McJannett, who led off the Australian gold medal winning 4 x 100 freestyle relay team, took the bronze in a time of 25.38.

Rikako Ikee of Japan finished fourth in a time of 25.56 followed by Australian Shayna Jack (25.71), American Stanzi Moseley (26.06), Zheng Yao of China (26.25) and Canadian Heather Lam (26.76).

Men’s 50 freestyle

The United States collected their fourth gold in the first four events of the evening as Paul Powers took the 50 freestyle in a new Junior Pan Pacific Championship record time of 22.20. In the prelims Powers broke Haumi Maxwell’s 2010 championship record of 22.48 posting a 22.24.

Australian Blake Jones collected the silver touching in a time of 22.67, only two one-hundredths of a second ahead of Canadian Cameron Kidd who won the bronze in a time of 22.69.

American James Jones and Australian Vincent Dai tied for fourth with both men touching in a time of 22.81. They were followed by Katsuhiro Matsumoto of Japan who recorded a 23.21, Canadian Markus Thormeyer (23.34) and Lorenzo Loria Elias of Mexico (23.55).

Women’s 200 breaststroke

Runa Imai of Japan ended the Americans gold medal streak by taking the women’s 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:26.04. Imai was well off her season’s best time of 2:24.00, missing Kierra Smith’s 2012 record of 2:25.78.

The race for the silver medal was a good one between Manami Chida of Japan and Emily Kopas of the United States. At the 100 meter mark Kopas had a tenth of a second lead over Chida, but it was Chida who got the better of the American in the second half of the race finishing in a time of 2:28.47. Kopas collected the bronze finishing in a time of 2:28.83.

Lilly King of the United States finished fourth in a time of 2:29.83 followed by Canadians Kelsey Wog (2:32.45) and Genevieve Robertson (2:33.14), Abbey Harkin of Australia (2:35.41) and Maria Jimenez Peon of Mexico (2:37.77).

Men’s 200 breaststroke

For the second event in a row Japanese swimmers collected both the gold and silver, this time the race for the top spot on the podium was much tighter. Ryuya Mura and Rintaro Okubo went back and forth throughout the race. Mura led by 48 one-hundredths of a second at the 50, Okubo led by 68 one-hundredths of a second at the 100, Mura took over the lead at the 150 meter mark, one that he would not relinquish, winning the event in a time of 2:13.55. Okubo finished second in a time of 2:13.75.


  • Mura – 30.96/1:05.10 (34.14)/1:39.52 (34.42)/2:13.55 (34.03)
  • Okubo – 31.44/1:04.78 (33.34)/1:39.85 (35.07)/2:13.75 (33.90)

Matthew Wilson of Australia picked up the bronze finishing in a time of 2:14.71. Wilson’s time is a new Australian age group record for 16 year olds beating the record of 2:15.46 set by Buster Sykes in 2010.

George Schroder of New Zealand finished fourth in a time of 2:14.95 followed by Liu Yunsong of China (2:15.19), Canadians James Guest (2:16.46) and James Dergousoff (2:17.52) and American Alex Evdokimov (2:18.45).

Women’s 1500 freestyle

American Sierra Schmidt took gold on the first evening of competition, in the 800 freestyle and did so once again on the final evening of competition this time in the 1500 freestyle. Schmidt took over the lead at the 400 meter mark, a lead that she would not give up, finishing in a time final time of 16:26.81.

She was followed by Australian Moesha Johnson, who took close to half a minute off of her entry time, grabbing the silver in a time of 16:31.96. Isabella Rongione of the United States finished third in a time of 16:33.60.

Australian Tamsin Cook finished fourth in a time of 16:33.72 followed by Chinatsu Sato of Japan (16:38.11), American Madison Homovich (16:39.14), Canadian Alexandra Aitchison (16:46.28) and Regan Kology of the United States (16:48.39).

Men’s 800 freestyle

American Townley Haas has had an interesting competition. On the first night he took the 200 freestyle in a new championship record, he then went on to miss the 100 freestyle final, finishing as the third fastest American in the prelims, but posted the top time out of any swimmer in the B-final recording a 49.55. He suffered the same fate in the 400 freestyle, missing the final once again, in the B-final he recorded the second fastest time of the night, only eight one-hundredths of a second slower than gold medalist Liam Egan.

In tonight’s 800 freestyle Haas took a two second lead in the first 100 meters and never looked back from there winning the gold in a time of 8:00.99. Egan once again had a brilliantly paced swim negative splitting the race (4:02.55/4:01.51) finishing second in a time of 8:04.06. Egan was not the only one to negative split the race, bronze medalist Canadian Peter Brothers came took the first 400 out in a time of 4:03.10 and finished in a time of 4:01.35 posting a time of 8:04.45.

Australian Joshua Parrish finished fourth in a time of 8:08.16 followed by American Nick Norman (8:10.03), Canadian Tristan Cote (8:11.82), Atsuya Yoshida of Japan (8:12.88) and Jacob Hansford of Australia (8:18.59).

Women’s 4 x 100 medley relay

The American team comprised of Amy Bilquist, Lilly King, Hannah Kukurugya and Katie Drabot took gold in the women’s 4 x 100 medley relay in a new Junior Pan Pacific Championship and Junior World Record time of 4:03.44.


  • Bilquist – 1:01.52
  • King – 1:08.03
  • Kukurugya – 59.13
  • Drabot 54.76

The Americans beat the junior world record of 4:04.48 set by the Russians at the 2013 Junior World Championships. Bilquist and Drabot were also part of the American 4 x 100 freestyle relay team that set a junior world record in Friday night’s final.

The American’s lead from start to finish, but were pushed by the Japanese women who finished in a time of 4:04.11.

The Canadian team grabbed the bronze posting a time of 4:08.57.

Australia finished fourth in a time of 4:09.86 followed by China (4:18.23), Mexico (4:24.85) and the Fiji Islands (4:58.32).

Men’s 4 x 100 medley relay

The American men took the event with relative ease. The team made up of Connor Green, Connor Hoppe, Alex Valente and Townley Haas won the relay in a time of 3:39.09.


  • Green – 55.63
  • Hoppe – 1:01.07
  • Valente – 52.70
  • Haas 49.69

Japan collected the silver in a time of 3:42.78. Katshiro Matsumoto anchored the Japanese relay splitting a time of 49.30, over one and a half seconds faster than the 50.83 which he posted in the individual final.

It was Matsumoto who was responsible for his team overtaking the Canadians who finished third in a time of 3:43.12.

New Zealand finished fourth in a time of 3:43.75 followed by Australia (3:45.45), China (3:49.39), Mexico (3:53.82) and the Fiji Islands (4:30.14).


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8 years ago

Great Junior Pan Pacs to all USA swimmers. A special shout out from Indiana to all the Indiana swimmers at this meet who all had outstanding performances and represented us so well: Amy Bilquist-Claire Adams-Lillia King-Hannah Kukurugya-Blake Peroni-Cody Taylor and to Coach Chris Plumb!!

bobo gigi
8 years ago

Now I have been updated 🙂 after watching most of the finals from last week Pan Pacs and this week junior Pan Pacs, a few words 😆 come to my mind.

1. Katie Ledecky is of course the female swimmer of the year. 5 world records for her this summer! She’s now a swimming legend. When I said in the summer of 2011 that she would dominate mid-distance and distance freestyle, I didn’t think it would be in that impressive way. I struggle to choose which of her world records is the most impressive. 15.28 in the 1500 free is absolutely amazing. But I admit I have a little preference for the 400 free. Because swimming under 4 minutes in… Read more »

bobo gigi
Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

Hopefully we will see the real Missy next summer. Then, after turning pro, will she continue to train at Cal or will she be back in Colorado with Todd Schmitz to prepare the olympic games? It will be interesting to see.

5. Lochte has not won an individual gold medal but I think it’s a pretty good summer for him. After his injury we couldn’t expect crazy things and he did very well in my opinion. He failed to qualify in the 100 fly, the 200 free and the 200 back. It’s a very good news for him. He will be fresh for the 4X200 relay and especially for his best event, the 200 IM, the only individual event he… Read more »

Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

Awesome summary Bobo, I learned a lot.
Question: Cordes did not qualify for the 100 breast but had best split overall on the 4×100 medley relay. Could/would a coach still enter him for the 4×100 medley at Worlds?

Reply to  kage
8 years ago

kage – yes, the coaches have a lot of discretion and flexibility for relays. If they did anything less than win gold, though, it would be HIGHLY controversial. It would actually be very controversial either way.

Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

Very good resumé BOBO ! As a belgian , i was of course happy to see the Belgian Men’s 800 free relay beat France in the final at Euros . That’s the only relay from France u didn’t mention . But i understand u had much to recover from ….hehehehe .
The Balgian swimmer who anchored is very good in the 200 free and still improving well . He must be 6″8 or 6″9 ; a very tall guy .
Haas like Andrew are very tall also , same for Bilquist !!!

Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

Bobo, I have been wanting to know your opinions on all these big races for a week now! Thanks for taking the time to write them out! 🙂

I just want to clarify that Lochte actually DID qualify to swim the 200 free at Worlds next summer.

Also, I agree that Phelps should not try to swim the 100 free in Rio, but if he doesn’t swim it in Kazan the race will go to Lochte, who swam next-best in the qualifying races. MP would have a better chance than Lochte in that race, so I hope he will swim it next year.

bobo gigi
8 years ago

A meet dominated impressively by the young Americans.
And some of their best juniors were not there like Burchill, Bentz, Rooney or Dressel.
I’m also impressed by the Japanese. They are so young. It’s not new to see very young Japanese swim crazy fast times and we know only a few of them usually continue to improve throughout the years but it’s still impressive. And they start to be good in all strokes. Their technique is often very good. I repeat that Japan has everything to become the second most dominant swimming nation in the world in the next years in battle with China and Australia.

Townley Haas is really good. From the 100 to the 1500!… Read more »

Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

I would say the 50 Free should be included with the 100 Fly and 100Bk as MA’s most successful events this long course season. The Breast is off and I think the other issue with his IM is the freestyle at the end – success in the 50 free doesn’t always translate to the last leg in an IM. I want to watch the IM race to see how he breathed in that fly leg – if he is breathing every two strokes in the fly he will pay the price in the Breast and the Free. Maybe that is what happened here.

8 years ago

usa men win medley relay in 33909 to end meet

Reply to  Thanos Mihas
8 years ago

1 USA ‘A’ 3:39.88 3:39.09 846 18
1) Green, Connor 96 2) r:0.15 Hoppe, Connor 95
3) r:0.31 Valente, Alex 97 4) r:0.22 Haas, Townley 96
r:+0.58 27.25 55.63 (55.63)
1:23.75 (28.12) 1:56.70 (1:01.07)
2:20.85 (24.15) 2:49.40 (52.70)
3:13.13 (23.73) 3:39.09 (49.69)

8 years ago

Both JPN and USA under the world record.. Crazy to think that the JPN girl are 3 girls from 2000 and one from 99…

Reply to  Rafael
8 years ago

Russia also has a pretty good young team: Ustinova (1998), Astashkina (1999), Openysheva (1999) and ?

8 years ago

3 of the 4 girls on the medley relay are from Indiana! Bilquist, King, Kukuruga!

8 years ago

usa wins women’s medley relay in 40344 JWR

Reply to  Thanos Mihas
8 years ago

1) Bilquist, Amy 97 2) r:0.51 King, Lilly 97
3) r:0.53 Kukurugya, Hannah 98 4) r:0.33 Drabot, Katie 97
r:+0.68 30.05 1:01.52 (1:01.52)
1:33.39 (31.87) 2:09.55 (1:08.03)
2:37.55 (28.00) 3:08.68 (59.13)
3:34.90 (26.22) 4:03.44 (54.76)

Gina Rhinestone
8 years ago

2.14.7 is a big drop for 15 year old Matt Wilson. If he does not get bored with the stroke or go unco then that Rio spot could be his rather than waiting for the 2018 CWGs.

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