2014 Junior Pan Pacific Championships: Valente a tenth off Junior World record in day 3 prelims

  16 Jared Anderson | August 29th, 2014 | Africa, Asia, Australia, Brazil, Latin America & Caribbean, Canada, Featured, International, New Zealand and Oceania, News, Previews & Recaps


Friday, August 29th:

  • 400 free
  • 100 fly
  • 200 back
  • 4×100 free relay (finals only)

 Girls 400 Free

Australia’s Tamsin Cook took the top spot in the girls 400 free out of the final circle-seeded heat. Cook was 4:12.38 to come in just ahead of the top two Americans, Courtney Harnish (4:13.15) and Madison Homovich (4:13.57). The third American, Sierra Schmidt, gets bumped to the B final despite finishing fourth in 4:14.04. That leaves a young American crew in the final, as both Harnish and Homovich are just 14.

Fourth seed into tonight’s final is Sacha Downing, another Australia, who was 4:14.32 this morning. Japan’s Chinatsu Sato was 4:14.85 for the next seed, and will be followed into the final by two Canadians, Alexandra Aitchison (4:15.42) and Sophia Saroukian (4:20.10).

In that dropoff between the Canadians are a couple swimmers bumped out of the final: Australia’s third, Moesha Johnson, moves to the B with a 4:17.07 while Americans Leah Stevens (4:16.43), Isabella Rongione (4:18.83) and Katie Drabot (4:19.86) will miss both finals altogether.

Probable A finalists:

  1. Tamsin Cook, AUS, 4:12.38
  2. Courtney Harnish, USA, 4:13.15
  3. Madison Homovich, USA, 4:13.57
  4. Sacha Downing, AUS, 4:14.32
  5. Chinsatsu Sato, JPN, 4:14.85
  6. Alexandra Aitchison, CAN, 4:15.42
  7. Sophia Saroukian, CAN, 4:20.10
  8. Miho Nakayama, JPN, 4:20.14

Boys 400 Free

In a tough boys 400 free, the top incoming seed actually missed the final, with two teammates puling out great swims in prelims. That top seed was Townley Haas, who won the final heat with a 3:53.19, but was bumped to the consols because his two teammates busted out 3:52s one heat earlier.

Liam Egan just touched out Aidan Burns for the second-to-last heat win, as both boys ran down the early leader Jacob Hansford of Australia. Those three will be the top seeds into finals, with Egan’s 3:52.35 leading the way. Burns was 3:52.51, a lifetime-best, and Hansford fell back to a 3:57.26 for third with Haas sent to the B heat.

Canada’s Tristan Cote was 3:57.59 and the second Australian was Joshua Parrish at 3:57.65.

Japan’s Fuyu Yoshida gets into the A final with a 3:59.33. Just behind him was Damian Fyfe, who joins Haas in the B heat as the third Aussie. Canada’s Peter Brothers and China’s Yongwei Li round out the championship heat.

Probable A finalists:

  1. Liam Egan, USA, 3:52.35
  2. Aidan Burns, USA, 3:52.35
  3. Jacob Hansford, AUS, 3:57.26
  4. Tristan Cote, CAN, 3:57.59
  5. Joshua Parrish, AUS, 3:57.65
  6. Fuyu Yoshida, JPN, 3:59.33
  7. Peter Brothers, CAN, 3:59.67
  8. Yongwei Li, CHN, 4:00.64

Girls 100 Fly

Japan’s youngster Suzuka Hasegawa is the top seed in the girls 100 fly. Born in 2000 – which makes her just 13 or 14 years old – Hasegawa went 59.64, which is actually a tenth or so off from her seed time. Behind her tonight is Australia’s Christina Licciardi, one of the oldest swimmers at this meet, who went 59.90.

Those two were the only ones under a minute in prelims, but there are plenty of ladies close to the barrier. American Hannah Kukurugya is the next-closest, going 1:00.30 this morning. She’s followed closely by Canada’s Jacomie Strydom (1:00.45), fellow American Cassidy Bayer (1:00.53) and Japan’s Rikako Ikee (1:00.85), another young swimmer born in 2000.

American Kara Kopcso was just ahead of Ikee at 1:00.70, but drops to the B final thanks to her two faster teammates.

China’s Yutong Song went 1:00.98 to get into the final, and Lili Margitai is the last swimmer in, at 1:01.69 for Canada. Margitai gets in because Japan’s third swimmer Haruno Ito (1:01.38) is back in the B.

Probable A finalists:

  1. Suzuka Hasegawa, JPN, 59.64
  2. Christina Licciardi, AUS, 59.90
  3. Hannah Kukurugya, USA, 1:00.30
  4. Jacomie Strydom, CAN, 1:00.45
  5. Cassidy Bayer, USA, 1:00.53
  6. Rikako Ikee, JPN, 1:00.85
  7. Yutong Song, CHN, 1:00.98
  8. Lili Margitai, CAN, 1:01.69

Boys 100 Fly

The 100 fly was probably the strongest event for the senior men at Pan Pacs, and the juniors appear to be living up to that tradition. The Americans went 1-2-3 this morning, with leader Alex Valente scaring the meet record and the Junior World Record with a 52.61.

In another of the odd quirks surrounding these Junior World Records, the meet record is actually faster than the world record in this event. Both are held by Daniel Bell of New Zealand. In 2009 at Junior Pan Pacs, he went 52.37 to set the meet record, but his Junior World Championships meet record is 52.52. FINA is using those World Junior meet records as their “benchmark” times to set an official world record, so if Valente can cut a tenth tonight, he can officially set the Junior World Record.

Second is 200 fly WJR-breaker Andrew Seliskar, who went 53.04, not far off the record himself. Meanwhile 15-year-old Michael Andrew was 53.57, and though he’ll be bumped to the B final, he’s still just .8 off breaking his first U.S. National Age Group record in the 15-16 division.

Yuya Yajima of Japan slides up to third in Andrew’s absence. Yajima was 53.88, and is probably the only one who could upset the American 1-2 tonight.

Bradlee Ashby out of New Zealand was 54.49, and he’s followed closely by Nicolaas Dekker of Canada (54.54), Yuya Sakamoto of Japan (54.66) and Dominic Richardson of Australia (54.93).

Probable A finalists:

  1. Alex Valente, USA, 52.61
  2. Andrew Seliskar, USA, 53.04
  3. Yuya Yajima, JPN, 53.88
  4. Bradlee Ashby, NZL, 54.49
  5. Nicolaas Dekker, CAN, 54.54
  6. Yuya Sakamoto, AUS, 54.66
  7. Dominic Richardson, AUS, 54.93
  8. Mateo Gonzalez Medina, MEX, 55.03

Girls 200 back

Following that dominating performance by the American men, the Japanese women fired right back with a 1-2-3 of their own in the girls 200 back. Rika Yuhara leads the way at 2:13.45, but just hundredths back is Rio Shirai at 2:13.53. Natsumi Sakai put up the third-fastest time but will head the B final at 2:14.91.

Just a tick back of Sakai is Australia’s Monique Rae (2:14.97), but she’ll have her work cut out for her to catch the two Japanese finalists tonight. Rae was over two seconds slower than her seed time, though, so the potential is certainly there.

Canada’s Mackenzie Glover was 2:15.03 and sits fourth. South Korea adds another rare finalist, with Dalin Lee going 2:15.17 for the fifth seed. Lee also made the A final of the 100 back and finished 11th in the 100 free.

Danielle Galyer is the lone American entrant into the A final, after going 2:16.12. The other two finals slots go to Minna Atherton of Australia and Heather Lam of Canada.

Probable A finalists:

  1. Rika Yuhara, JPN, 2:13.45
  2. Rio Shirai, JPN, 2:13.53
  3. Monique Rae, AUS, 2:14.97
  4. Mackenzie Glover, CAN, 2:15.03
  5. Dalin Lee, KOR, 2:15.17
  6. Danielle Galyer, USA, 2:16.12
  7. Minna Atherton, AUS, 2:18.16
  8. Heather Lam, CAN, 2:18.59

Boys 200 Back

And the American boys answer right back with another 1-2-3, giving them sweeps of the top three spots in the last two events of the day. Connor Green leads the 200 back by a longshot, going 1:59.19 this morning. That’s still a second and a half off his seed, so watch for him to challenge for Jack Conger‘s meet record of 1:57.20 tonight.

Corey Okubo is the second seed at 2:01.74. That’s a good outcome for Okubo, who’s been left on the outside of the final at this meet before. Taking that B final spot in this event is Curtis Ogren, who was 2:02.09.

Moving up to third is Canada’s Anders Klein, who went 2:02.85 in prelims. Australia’s Peter Mills was 2:03.02 before the second Canadian, Markus Thormeyer, came in at 2:03.87.

Mexico gets another finalist tonight with Andy Xianyang Song An‘s 2:04.66, and New Zealand joins the party with Andrew Trembath’s 2:05.60.

Peter Brothers is the third Canadian and gets locked out with Ogren. Brothers was 2:05.88. Along with those two is American Brendan Casey, who was just ahead of Brothers at 2:05.37, but gets slid to an outside lane as the fourth American in an event where only 17 swimmers competed. Canada will get 2 swimmers into the B final tonight, while the U.S. gets 3, since there aren’t enough different nations represented to fill both heats.

Probable A finalists:

  1. Connor Green, USA, 1:59.19
  2. Corey Okubo, USA, 2:01.74
  3. Anders Klein, CAN, 2:02.85
  4. Peter Mills, AUS, 2:03.02
  5. Markus Thormeyer, CAN, 2:03.87
  6. Andy Xianyang Song An, MEX, 2:04.66
  7. Andrew Trembath, NZL, 2:05.60
  8. Juran Mizohata, JPN, 2:08.10

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16 Comments on "2014 Junior Pan Pacific Championships: Valente a tenth off Junior World record in day 3 prelims"

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2 years 1 month ago

I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume that Damian Frye did not, in fact, swim a world record 3:29.01 in the 400 free, despite what Meet Mobile says.

2 years 1 month ago

Fixed now. USA men again get the top three times of the morning. Haas again misses the A final and will be top seed in the B final. How much you want to bet he ends with the fastest time of the evening again? Of course, the 4×100 free is also tonight; I wonder if he’ll swim both.

2 years 1 month ago

2014 Top Ten World Rankings for 18 and under swimmers

Women 18U – Top 10 – 400 FREE
1- 3:58.37- Ledecky, Katie- 17- USA- 8/21/2014- Pan Pacific Championships
2- 4:04.55- Runge, Cierra- 18- USA- 8/21/2014- Pan Pacific Championships
3- 4:06.02- Fairweather, Remy- 17- AUS- 4/1/2014- Australian Swimming Championships
4- 4:06.18- Bi, Yirong- 17- CHN- 5/12/2014- Chinese Nationals
5- 4:07.92- Mann, Becca- 16- USA- 8/6/2014- Summer Nationals
6- 4:08.51- Ryan, Gillian- 18- USA- 4/24/2014- Mesa Grand Prix
7- 4:08.94- Shao, Yiwen- 18- CHN- 1/31/2014- BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series
8- 4:08.95- Neale, Leah- 18- AUS- 4/1/2014- Australian Swimming Championships
9- 4:09.29- Cook, Tamsin- 15- AUS- 4/14/2014- GHSF Australian Age & MC
10- 4:09.53- Bowles, Alanna- 16- AUS- 8/21/2014- Pan Pacific Championships

Men 18U – Top 10 – 400 FREE
1- 3:44.58- Guy, James- 18- GBR- 7/24/2014- Commonwealth Games
2- 3:44.60- Horton, Mack- 17- AUS- 4/1/2014- Australian Swimming Championships
3- 3:49.21- Wojdak, Wojciech- 18- POL- 7/9/2014- European Junior Championships
4- 3:49.48- D’Arrigo, Mitch- 18- ITA- 4/8/2014- National Spring Championships
5- 3:49.60- Christiansen, Henrik- 18- NOR- 7/9/2014- European Junior Championships
6- 3:49.67- Romanchuk, Mykhailo- 17- UKR- 8/17/2014- Youth Olympic Games
7- 3:50.97- Matsumoto, Shingo- 18- JPN- 6/19/2014- Japan Swim
8- 3:50.99- Burns, Janardan- 18- USA- 8/6/2014- Summer Nationals
8- 3:51.32- Acosta, Marcelo – 18- ESA- 8/17/2014- Youth Olympic Games
9- 3:51.53- Roberts, Jonathan- 18- USA- 8/6/2014- Summer Nationals

2 years 1 month ago

2014 Top Ten World Rankings for 18 and under swimmers

Women 18U – Top 100 – FLY
1- 57.43- Groves, Madeline- 18- AUS- 1/17/2014- Victorian Open Championships
2- 57.45- O’Connor, Siobhan-Marie- 18- GBR- 7/24/2014- Commonwealth Games
3- 57.54- Chen, Xinyi- 16- CHN- 5/12/2014- Chinese Nationals
4- 57.67- Szilagyi, Liliana- 17- HUN- 8/17/2014- Youth Olympic Games
5- 57.95- Zhang, Yufei- 16- CHN- 8/17/2014- Youth Olympic Games
6- 58.19- Thomas, Noemie- 18- CAN- 7/16/2014- Canadian Swimming Championships
7- 58.23- Chimrova, Svetlana- 18- RUS- 5/13/2014- Russian National Championships
8- 58.63- Hansson, Louise- 17- SWE- 3/27/2014- Danish Open
9- 58.68- Atkinson, Charlotte- 17- GBR- 3/28/2014- Premier Open Meet
10- 58.74- Start, Chelsea- 17- AUS- 4/14/2014- GHSF Australian Age & MC

Men 18U – Top 10 – 100 FLY
1- 52.52- Yasue, Takaya- 18- JPN- 4/10/2014- Japan Swim
2- 52.55- Guy, James- 18- GBR- 4/10/2014- British Gas Championships 2014
3- 52.61- Valente, Alex- 17- USA- 8/27/2014- Junior Pan Pacific
4- 52.79- Miyoshi, Yuusuke- 18- JPN- 6/19/2014- Japan Swim
5- 52.94- Li, Zhuhao- 15- CHN- 8/17/2014- Youth Olympic Games
6- 52.95- Schooling, Joseph- 18- SIN- 5/15/2014- Charlotte Grand Prix
7- 52.97- Sadovnikov, Alexander- 17- RUS- 8/17/2014- Youth Olympic Games
8- 53.04- Seliskar, Andrew- 17- USA- 8/27/2014- Junior Pan Pacific
9- 53.18- Brown, Nicholas- 18- AUS- 8/17/2014- Youth Olympic Games
10- 53.21- Lynch, Justin- 17- USA- 8/6/2014- Summer Nationals

2 years 1 month ago


Li Zhuhao swam 52.79 in Qingdao for the Cinese Nationals in May this year. He’s still 15.

2 years 1 month ago

2014 Top Ten World Rankings for 18 and under swimmers

Women 18U – Top 200 BACK
1- 2:08.02- Ustinova, Daria- 15- RUS- 5/13/2014- Russian National Championships
2- 2:10.18- Moore, Hannah- 17- USA- 7/17/2014- NC GSA Speedo Champs Seri
3- 2:10.42- Baker, Kathleen- 17- USA- 8/6/2014- Summer Nationals
4- 2:10.42- Esposito, Ambra- 17- ITA- 8/17/2014- Youth Olympic Games
5- 2:10.58- Voss, Erin- 16- USA- 7/28/2014- YMCA National Long Course
6- 2:10.95- Earley, Erin- 14- USA- 3/27/2014- IN Central Zone Speedo Sectionals
7- 2:11.00- Forrester, Amy- 16- AUS- 4/14/2014- GHSF Australian Age & MC
8- 2:11.18- Stewart, Kylie- 18- USA- 6/19/2014- Santa Clara GP
9- 2:11.20- Quigley, Lauren- 18- GBR- 1/25/2014- Flanders Speedo Cup
10- 2:11.29- Szekely, Allie- 16- USA- 7/30/2014- Summer Junior Nationals

Men 18U – Top 10 – 200 BACK
1- 1:55.11- Xu, Jiayu- 18- CHN- 5/12/2014- Chinese Nationals
2- 1:56.94- Li, Guangyuan- 17- CHN- 8/17/2014- Youth Olympic Games
3- 1:57.08- Rylov, Evgeny- 17- RUS- 8/17/2014- Youth Olympic Games
4- 1:57.29- Murphy, Ryan- 18- USA- 1/17/2014- ST TXLA Austin Grand Prix
5- 1:57.60- Green, Connor- 18- USA- 8/6/2014- Summer Nationals
6- 1:57.60- Rapsys, Danas- 18- LTU- 2/20/2014- Lithuanian Winter Championships 2014
7- 1:57.72- Mencarini, Luca- 18- ITA- 4/8/2014- National Spring Championships
8- 1:58.05- Greenbank, Luke- 16- GBR- 7/9/2014- European Junior Championships
9- 1:58.74- Roberts, Jonathan- 18- USA- 8/6/2014- Summer Nationals
10- 1:58.87- Sunama, Keita- 18- JPN- 4/10/2014- Japan Swim

2 years 1 month ago

Does Haas still get the same FINA points toward the individual award if he gets the best time in the B Final as he would in the A Final? So far he and Seiskar have been the only swimmers to get the best time in 2 events, but Andrew’s times have both been A Final wins. Haas might get his 3rd best time in an event tonight, but 2/3 would have been in B Finals!

2 years 1 month ago

This is from the meet information-

An award will be given to the Swimmer of the Meet – one for male and one for female.

 The first priority for each gender for the Swimmer of the Meet will be a world rec-ord. If there is more than one world record in that gender, the Swimmer of the Meet will go to the athlete whose world record scores the highest amount on the SwimNews.com per-formance points table. If two or more world records score the same amount of points on the performance points table, the award will be shared.

 If there are no world records for that gender at the meet, the Swimmer of the Meet will be awarded to the athlete whose single swim scores the highest amount of points on the SwimNews.com performance tables.

 If the above method yields a tie between two athletes, these athletes will share the award.

2 years 1 month ago

I assume they mean Junior World Record, and I guess Andrew is in the lead so far, but might well get some comoetition from Valente tonight! For the women, I don’t know who has the best chance of winning.

2 years 1 month ago

It comes down to the definition of “World Record”. The Junior Pan Pac uses the Pan Pacific meet information as the template for the meet.

Either way, the FINA Points would give Seliskar the highest points for 200 fly at 890 points and 400 i.m. at 863 and Liam Egan 1500 free at 861. Sierra Schmidt 800 free has the highest points for the women. My observation is that the distance free events trump all other events with the FINA point system.

If you look on the meet results (Real Time), the FINA points are listed in the results.

2 years 1 month ago

True, due to to the way the point system is calculated and the nature of the events where sprints are more competitive than distance events, it is relatively easier to get more points in the distance events

2 years 1 month ago

I guess all the best 18&U female US 200 backstrokers were at YOG or didn’t attend Jr Pan Pac’s, because that’s a deep event for us, yet this is the first event where we couldn’t manage 2 A finalists! Claire Adams isn’t having a great meet.

2 years 1 month ago

I hate to be negative, but I don’t think the US 4×100 Free Relay has a chance against Australia tonight, folks! 🙁

2 years 1 month ago

You are talking about women?

2 years 1 month ago

Yes, the WOMEN”S 400 Free Relay, sorry! 🙂

2 years 1 month ago

Homovich is 14, not 13.


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