2014 Junior Pan Pacs – Day One Finals Live Recap

  42 Jeff Grace | August 27th, 2014 | Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, International, New Zealand and Oceania, News, Previews & Recaps


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Wednesday, August 27th:

  • 200 free
  • 100 back
  • 200 fly
  • Girls 800 free
  • Boys 1500 free

Women’s 200 freestyle

American Katie Drabot took the women’s 200 freestyle in a time of 1:58.73 that puts her 10th in the 18 and under world rankings. Drabot, who was the top seed coming into the competition, posted a lifetime best beating her previous time of 1:59.32.

Shayna Jack of Australia picked up the silver recording a time of 1:59.48. Jack came into the meet with a lifetime best of 1:59.67. Courtney Harnish of the United States picked up the bronze finishing in a time of 2:00.46.

Alexandra Aitchison of Canada finished fourth in a time of 2:00.81 followed by Chelsea Gillett of Australia (2:01.04), Sachi Mochida of Japan (2:01.04), Hiroko Makino of Japan (2:02.87) and Alexandra Buscher of Canada (2:03.66).

Men’s 200 freestyle

American Townley Haas had a tremendous swim in the men’s 200 freestyle taking the event in a time of 1:48.32 breaking the competition record of 1:48.44 which was set by Clay Youngquist in 2010. After turning second at the 100 meter mark Haas separated himself from the rest of the field with a strong third 50 taking a lead that he would not give up.

Haas bettered his lifetime best of 1:48.75 by 43 one-hundredths of a second and with his winning time moves him into the sixth place in the 18 and under world rankings.

After turning fifth at the 100 meter American Blake Pieroni had a strong second half grabbing the silver in a time of 1:48.85. Pieroni came into the competition with a lifetime best of 1:49.26.

Kats Matsumoto of Japan led the final at the 100 meter mark turning in a time of 52.10, but struggled in the final 100 meters, ultimately finishing third in a time of 1:49.90.

Li Yongwei of China finished fourth in a time of 1:51.57 followed by Peter Brothers of Canada (1:52.26), Samuel Young of Australia (1:52.64), Damian Fyfe of Australia (1:53.57) and Fuyu Yoshida of Japan (1:55.01).

Women’s 100 backstroke

Amy Bilquist of the United States struck gold in the women’s 100 backstroke posting a lifetime best of 1:01.00. Bilquist led the race from start to finish turning at the 50 meter mark in a time of 29.88.

Danielle Hanus picked up the first medal of the competition for the Canadians taking the silver in a time of 1:01.51. Hanus had the fastest second half of any swimmer in the final recording a split of 30.92.

Rio Shirai of Japan finished third in a time of 1:01.82. She was followed by Lucy McJannett of Australia (1:02.21), Minna Atherton of Australia (1:02.72), Natsumi Sakai of Japan (1:03.01), Dalin Lee of Korea (1:03.49) and Hannah Weiss of the United States (1:03.57).

Men’s 100 backstroke

Four events down four victories for the Americans. This time it was Connor Green who earned his way to the top spot on the podium winning the men’s 100 backstroke in a time of 55.08. Green split the race incredibly well taking his first 50 meters out in a time of 27.35 and finishing in a split of 27.73.

His American teammate Michael Andrew took the silver in a time of 55.81. Andrew was the top qualifier in the event after posting a time of 55.80 in the prelims.

Canadian Markus Thormeyer took the bronze in a time of 56.07. His time is a new national record for 15-17 year olds breaking the previous mark of 56.12 set by Omar Mahmoud Arafa in 2011.

Andrew Trembath of New Zealand finished fourth in a time of 56.48 followed by Anders Klein of Canada (56.69), Peter Mills of Australia (57.11), Andy Xianyang Song An of Mexico (58.04) and Mateo Gonzalez Medina of Mexico (58.04).

Women’s 200 butterfly

It was an incredible finish to the women’s 200 butterfly with only six one-hundredths of a second separating the top two finishers. The first three quarters of the race belonged to Hannah Kukurugya who turned first at the 150 meter mark in a time of 1:34.30. That all changed in the final 50 meters as both Haruno Ito of Japan and Cassidy Bayer of the United States overtook Kukurgya. Ito took the gold in a time of 2:09.02 followed by Bayer who touched in a time of 2:09.08 and Kukurugya who finished in a time of 2:09.68.


  • Haruno Ito – 29.43/1:02.16 (32.73)/1:36.35 (34.19)/2:09.02 (32.67)
  • Cassidy Bayer – 29.81/1:02.50 (32.69)/1:36.07 (33.57)/2:09.08 (33.01)
  • Hannah Kukurugya – 28.57/1:00.28 (31.71)/1:34.30 (34.02)/2:09.68 (35.38)

Both Ito and Bayer were under under the Junior Pan Pacific Championship record of 2:09.48 set by Nutsuki Akiyama in 2007. Their times also place them sixth and seventh in the 18 and under world rankings.

Suzuka Hasegawa of Japan finished fourth in a time of 2:10.41 followed by Christina Licciardi of Australia (2:14.04), Jacomie Strydom of Canada (2:15.10), Grace Sommerville of New Zealand (2:16.47) and Megan Gianotti (2:16.76).

Men’s 200 butterfly

In the prelims this morning Andrew Seliskar of the United States set a new Junior Pan Pacific Championship record in the men’s 200 butterfly posting a time of 1:56.65 breaking the previous mark of 1:57.40 set by Kenta Hirai in 2012. In this evening’s final Seliskar broke the record once again winning the event in a time of 1:55.92.

Seliskar’s is a new junior world record beating Hungarian Tamas Kenderesi’s record time of 1:55.95 which he posted at the Youth Olympic Games.

It was a tight race between Seliskar and Japan’s Yuya Yajima for 150 meters where the two were separated by only 31 one-hundredths of a second, but the final 50 meters was a completely different story. Seliskar split a 30.69 out swimming Yajima, who split a 32.76, by almost two seconds.

Yajima collected the silver in a time of 1:58.30. American Corey Okubo was the only other swimmer to break the two minute barrier winning the bronze in a time of 1:59.23.

Australian Jacob Hansford finished fourth in a time of 2:00.02 followed by Bradlee Ashby of New Zealand (2:01.53), Joachim Bardrum of Australia (2:02.37), Osvald Nitski of Canada (2:02.42 and Junya Higuchi of Japan (2:02.59).

Women’s 800 freestyle

Sierra Schmidt of the United States took the women’s 800 freestyle in a time of 8:34.71. Schmidt had an extremely even race turning at the 400 meter mark in a time of 4:17.24 and finishing the final half of the race in a time of 4:17.47. She just missed her lifetime best of 8:34.58.

Australian Sacha Downing grabbed the silver in a time of 8:37.04. Downing also had a very well split race taking the first 400 meters out in a time of 4:18.12 followed by a split of 4:18.92.

Courtney Harnish of the United States, who was the top entrant in the event finished third in a time of 8:40.67.

Canadian Alexandra Aitchison finished fourth in a time of 8:41.90 followed by Yukimi Moriyama of Japan (8:42.35), Chinatsu Sato of Japan (8:42.61), Sophia Saroukian of Canada (8:44.87) and Moesha Johnson of Australia (8:46.75).

Men’s 1500 freestyle

American Liam Egan took the final event of the evening, winning the men’s 1500 freestyle in a time of 15:15.53. Egan and Jon McKay of Canada had a great battle for the majority of the race until the American began to separate himself at the 1200 meter mark. Egan improved on his entry time of 15:25.22 by almost seven seconds.

McKay finished second in a time of 15:21.02 followed by Sean Grieshop of the United States who took the bronze in a time of 15:29.87.

Canadian Peter Brothers finished fourth in a time of 15:30.29 followed by Shingo Nakaya of Japan (15:33.57, Joshua Parrish of Australia (15:36.49), Atsuya Yoshida of Japan (15:46.40) and Lachlan Coloquohoun of Australia (15:47.18).

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  1. Danjohnrob says:

    I think Seliskar and McLaughlin in the 200 fly, Bentz in the 200/400 IM and Ledecky in the 200/400/800/1500 free are the only JWR still held by US athletes after the YOG. Will SwimSwam be writing a report to update us on the recordholders at the end of the LCM season?

    • Rafael says:

      Apart from Pan Pacs jr.. which the only WJR record that are on range now are 200 Breast for Women (Imai might get it from Solnceva) and girls 50 free.. the others the WJR are much stronger than the best eligible seed time.. they can happen.. but I would not bet my money on that.. At Asian Games we might see some WJR too.. then we won´t have much LCM championships I think..

  2. TheBeach says:

    What is the reasoning for not going back in history for the junior world records? It would be so easy to do. Did some current swimmer’s parent come up with the idea? Makes no sense.

    • Braden Keith says:

      TheBeach – while nobody has said, the obvious answer is doping controls and pool measurements. There’s no guarantees that pools were measured or samples were given for old WR’s, though in most cases they would have been. Further, I’m not sure that anybody in swimming anywhere would’ve complained about those things if they back-dated the records.

      Real answer might be something more along the lines of “that would be a lot of work.”

      • ERVINFORTHEWIN says:

        U must be right on that Braden ! u are such a specialist

      • Rafael says:

        A lot of work.. that is sad to hear.. working together here in a few days we found all real WJR.. fina they have people paid to do this, will all their database.. and did not bother? Lazy at least..

  3. Don says:

    I don’t understand theJunior World Records. Why wouldn’t Phelps have the JWR because he went 153 in the two fly under 18. Did they just start recently?

  4. Speedoswim says:

    I saw the mile winner get out and jump back in. Talked to an official and they said that both feet weren’t out and he didn’t disturb anyone.

  5. Zanna says:

    These Juniors are fire! US managed to bag gold 7 out of 8 events today.

  6. MarkB says:

    The winner of the 1500 climbed out and jumped back in just now. Is he disqualified?

  7. PVK says:

    Cassidy Bayer’s 2:09.08 is now 2nd all time for 13-14’s…2nd only to Meagher. My prediction from a couple weeks ago has come true!

  8. TheTroubleWithX says:

    Did anyone else see Seliskar shake his head after the swim? Almost like he thought he was, or wanted to be, faster?

  9. theroboticrichardsimmons says:

    has anyone seen ever someone swim butterfly like yajima? he has a very long, deliberate stroke with a very slow stroke rate with a very forceful straight-arm recovery. i had never seen that before.

    • Adam B says:

      Mostly I’ve seen that stroke from other Japanese swimmers. Cseh also does something similar but not as pronounced. Emma Nunn has a similar rhythm but a different recovery. It’s very interesting to watch, reminds one of the stroke’s connection to breaststroke,

    • floppy says:

      I see some female swimmers (often age groupers) swim with that kind of straight arm recovery. Usually swimmers with low muscle mass and very flexible shoulders can have that range of motion.

      The very long stroke and glide upon hand entry, is a bit of a twist.

      It looks a little bit like the “survival” butterfly I used to go into on really long butterfly sets. Certainly not a very quick technique for 50-100 meter races, but that glide should help conserve energy over a 200. That’s my take on it… but then again he died pretty hard the last 50. Maybe just poor pacing.

  10. whoknows says:

    That is a junior world record for seliskar! Woo hoo !

    • Danjohnrob says:

      At the Pan Pac’s Katie McLaughlin broke the WJR for the women, and now Andrew has it for the men! That’s good news, because, other than Phelps, this has been a weak event for awhile. I hope they can continue improving leading up to Olympic Trials.

  11. whoknows says:

    What’s the Junior world record?

    • Markydee says:

      Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe Tamas Kenderes held the record at 1:55.95. Although, at 17 Phelps went 1:53.93

    • TheTroubleWithX says:

      I think he just set it. Just did some searching, and saw a couple different answers, but think this was swim was faster than any of them.

  12. HG says:

    OMG – looking at the birth years – there is a 2000 ! I designed & did a year of full on 6months old baby teaching in 2000 & now those babies are 13-14 .

    I need a drink but it is only 2pm .

  13. Sven says:

    Seliskar… 1:55.92. That last 75 was absolutely dirty. Final 100 was 59.95.

    Yuya Yajima looked like someone was going to have to get in and save him toward the end there. Ouch.

  14. Tm says:

    Seliskar 15592 MR

  15. Hulk Swim says:

    Ohhh! So close for Bayer… a good night for the US.

  16. Tm says:

    Good times despite the wind

  17. Sven says:

    Cassidy Bayer with a huge 2:09.68 for second. 2:09.08 by Haruno Ito. Dominating closing splits by Ito and Bayer.

  18. Sven says:

    Ella Easton 2:12.3 for the B-Final win. Can’t say it’s the most beautiful stroke I’ve ever seen, but she gets the job done. Still would have been third to Cassidy Bayer this morning by .07, but a solid time regardless.

  19. Sven says:

    Solid swims so far. Was hoping to see something a bit faster in the backstroke, but I believe that’s a new lifetime best from Connor Green! Michael Andrew looked really good the first 25, and at least finished with a consistent time. USA looking good.

  20. TheTroubleWithX says:

    100 Back also a double victory for the US
    Amy Bilquist – 1:01.00
    Connor Green – 55.08

  21. Hulk Swim says:

    3 for 3… pressures on MA and Green…

  22. Hulk Swim says:

    Nice start to the night… looking forward to the back strokes 🙂

  23. CDUBBS says:

    Haas is looking good. Can he win the four freestyles again like at Juniors?

  24. TheTroubleWithX says:

    USA wins both 200 frees
    Katie Drabot – 1:58.73
    Townley Haas – 1:48.32 — new meet record

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