2014 Pan Pacific Championships – Day 1 Finals Live Recap

  141 Tony Carroll | August 21st, 2014 | Africa, Asia, Australia, Brazil, Latin America & Caribbean, Canada, International, News, Previews & Recaps

2014 Pan Pacific Championships

The weather has not been the most cooperative in the Gold Coast for the first day of the Pan Pacific Championships. It has been very cold at the pool, with very strong winds coming from the south and scattered showers in the area.

For a full recap of the morning prelims session from SwimSwam’s Jared Anderson, click here. 

Women’s 200 free

Meet record: 1:56.10, Allison Schmitt (USA), 2010
American record: 1:53.61, Allison Schmitt
Australian record: 1:55.68, Emma McKeon
Canadian record: 1:56.97, Genevieve Saumur
Japanese record: 1:57.37, Haruka Ueda
Australia All-comers record: 1:55.52, Laure Manaudou (FRA)

It appears that Missy Franklin was just testing the waters this morning during her prelims swim. She came back tonight as the top seed in the B-final t0 win the heat with her time of 1:56.04. That swim broke the previous meet record set in 2010 by Allison Schmitt. Australian Emma McKeon was second with her time of 1:57.21, and Camille Cheng finished third in the B-final at 1:58.99.

Franklin’s meet record didn’t last long, however, because Katie Ledecky had something to say about it. Ledecky won the A-final of the women’s 200 free with a faster meet record time of 1:55.74. Australian Bronte Barratt was second with her time of 1:57.22. Shannon Vreeland reached in for the bronze at 1:57.38.

Melanie Schlanger was just off her time from this morning, which pushed her back into fourth place. Her final time was 1:57.39. Canadian Sam Cheveton finished fifth with her time of 1:58.96.

With their performances tonight, Katie Ledecky and Missy Franklin will be officially added to USA Swimming’s 2015 World Championship Roster for the individual 200 freestyle.

Men’s 200 free

Meet record: 1:44.75, Ian Thorpe (AUS), 2002
American record: 1:42.96, Michael Phelps
Australian record: 1:44.06, Ian Thorpe
Canadian record: 1:46.40, Brent Hayden
Japanese record:1:45.24, Sho Uchida
Australia All-comers record: 1:43.86, Michael Phelps (USA)

Australian Thomas Fraser-Holmes won the A-final of the men’s 200 freestyle with a 1:45.98. That is close to a second drop from his morning swim. Kosuke Hagino of Japan reached in for second place at 1:46.08 followed by the other Australian finalist, Cameron McEvoy at 1:46.36 for third.

The Americans finished fourth and fifth with a 1:46.45 from Conor Dwyer and a 1:46.75 from Ryan Lochte. Neither of those times were that spectacular, but Lochte’s time was fast enough to overtake Matt McLean’s individual 200 freestyle 2015  World Championship roster spot.

Matt McLean won the B-final with his time of 1:47.16, touching just ahead of Australian David McKeon at 1:47.48.

Women’s 100 back

Meet record: 59.34, Emily Seebohm (AUS), 2010
American record: 58.33, Missy Franklin
Australian record: 58.23, Emily Seebohm
Canadian record: 59.68, Sinead Russell
Japanese record: 58.70, Aya Terakawa
Australia All-comers record: 58.92, Emily Seebohm (AUS)

Emily Seebohm cracked 59 seconds for the second time this year to win the women’s 100 backstroke with her time of 58.84. She led her teammate, Belinda Hocking, to the wall for a 1-2 finish. Hocking reached in as the only other swimmer to break a minute at 59.78. Missy Franklin finished third in this event with her time of 1:00.30. Missy has won this event for the past two years (2012 Olympics, 2013 World Championships) and has beat Seebohm each time in doing so. It is not clear at this point if Missy was still struggling because of her injury, or if the Australians just had better swims. Either way, a sub-59 second 100 backstroke would have been very hard to top even if she was at her best. 58.9 is a great swim for Seebohm.

Japan’s Sayaka Akase was fourth at 1:00.65, followed by Dominique Bouchard of Canada with her time of 1:00.82 for fifth. Hilary Caldwell followed her Canadian teammate for sixth at 1:00.99 and American Liz Pelton finished 7th at 1:01.37.

In the B-final, Kathleen Baker had a huge swim, winning with her time of 1:00.35. That time would have put her fourth in the A-final just behind Franklin. As an American fighting for World Championship roster spots, that swim was another major victory for Baker. Her time of 1:00.35 bumps her ahead of Rachel Bootsma’s time from nationals, giving her the second roster spot on the 2015 World Championship Team in this event.

Men’s 100 back

Meet record: 52.91, Matt Grevers (USA), 2014
American record: 51.94, Aaron Peirsol
Australian record: 52.97, Hayden Stoeckel
Canadian record: 53.63, Pascal Wollach
Japanese record: 52.24, Ryosuke Irie
Australia All-comers record: 52.91, Matt Grevers (USA)

After breaking the Pan Pacs record this morning, Matt Grevers was touched out by Japan’s Ryosuke Irie for the Gold medal with his time of 53.02. Grevers finished second at 53.09. Ryan Murphy was third at 53.27, followed by Mitchell Larkin from Australia in fourth with his time of 53.28.

Ben Treffers was fifth with his time of 53.84, followed by Japan’s Junya Koga at 54.02 for sixth.

The B-final was very exciting, as David Pummer came in to win with his time of 53.19. That time was faster than Ryan Murphy’s time from nationals, which put the pressure on Murphy right before he jumped in the water for his race. Murphy had to finish faster than 52.19 to hold on to his World Championship roster spot in this race. As you already know, Murphy finished at 53.27, which means David Plummer has bumped Murphy from the 2015 World Championship roster. This will give Plummer his second swim, as he is already on the team for the 50 backstroke.

Women’s 800 free (last heat)

Meet record: 8:16.22, Janet Evans (USA), 1989
American record: 8:11.00, Katie Ledecky
Australian record: 8:19.76, Jessica Ashwood
Canadian record: 8:20.91, Brittany MacLean
Japanese record: 8:23.68, Sachiko Yamada
Australia All-comers record: 8:18.52, Kate Zeigler (USA)

In 1989 at the age of 17, Janet Evans set the World Record at this meet with her time of 8:16.22. Today, Katie Ledekcy was almost able to do the same thing. She won the event, just missing her World Record with her time of 8:11.35. That time, however, will stand as the new Pan Pacs and Austalian All-comers record. Lauren Boyle finished second for New Zealand with her time of 8:18.87. Canada’s Brittany Maclean finished third with her time of 8:20.02.

Becca Mann finished fourth, ahead of Cierra Runge, with a time of 8:22.45. That time is faster than Runge’s from Nationals, which will bump Runge off the 2015 World Championship Roster. Becca Mann now has the second roster spot behind Ledecky for the women’s 800 freestyle. Cierra Runge finished fifth tonight with her time of 8:25.17.

Andreina Pinto from Venezuela finished 6th with her time of 8:30.66, followed by American Haley Anderson in seventh at 8:30.87.

Women’s 200 fly

Meet record: 2:05.40, Jessica Schipper (AUS), 2006
American record: 2:04.14, Mary DeScenza
Australian record: 2:03.41, Jessica Schipper
Canadian record: 2:05.95, Audrey Lacroix
Japanese record: 2:04.69, Natsumi Hoshi
Australia All-comers record: 2:05.81, Susan O’Neill (AUS)

Cammile Adams claimed the second Gold medal in a row for the United States winning the 200 butterfly with her time of 2:06.61. Natsumi Hoshi from Japan was second with her time of 2:06.78, followed by American Katie McLaughlin in third at 2:07.08.

Miyu Nakano was fourth for Japan at 2:08.54 and Audrey Lacroix was fifth for Canada at 2:08.81.

Maya DiRado won the B-final of the women’s 200 fly with her time of 2:07.42. That time was faster than McLaughlin’s time from nationals, but McLaughlin improved during the A-final to secure the second 2015 World Championship roster spot. Cammile Adams and Katie McLaughlin will take the roster spots for this event at the 2015 World Champiosnhips.

Men’s 200 fly

Meet record: 1:53.80, Michael Phelps (USA), 2006
American record: 1:51.51, Michael Phelps
Australian record: 1:54.46, Nick D’Arcy
Canadian record: 1:57.01, Stefan Hirniak
Japanese record: 1:52.97, Takeshi Matsuda
Australia All-comers record: 1:52.09, Michael Phelps (USA)

Daiya Seto took home the gold medal for Japan with his winning time in the men’s 200 butterfly of 1:54.92. Leonoardo de Deus finished second, adding Brazil to the medal count, with his time of 1:55.28. Tyler Clary reached in to finish third with his time of 1:55.42.

Masato Sakai was fourth for Japan at 1:56.64, followed by Michael Meyer of South Africa in fifth at 1:58.33.

Even with Tom Shields‘ Disqualification this morning, he and Tyler Clary have earned their spots on the roster for the 2015 World Championships in this event.

Men’s 1500 free (last heat)

Meet record: 14:41.65, Grant Hackett (AUS), 2002
American record: 14:45.29, Larsen Jensen
Australian record: 14:34.56, Grant Hackett
Canadian record: 14:39.63, Ryan Cochrane
Japanese record: 14:54.80, Kohei Yamamoto
Australia All-comers record: 14:44.94, Grant Hackett (AUS)

Connor Jaeger won the final event of the day, touching out Canadian Ryan Cochrane to win the men’s 1500. Jaeger finished with his time of 14:51.79, just ahead of Cochrane’s 14:51.97. Australian Mack Horton finished third with his time of 14:52.78.

Finishing in fourth for Australia was Jordan Harrison at 14:53.65, and Michael McBroom was fifth with his time of 14:57.15.

Connor Jaeger and Michael McBroom will claim the roster spots for the 2015 World Championships in this event.

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could any of you let me know the channel for Pan pacifics champs. I have verizon carrier. THanks so much

vivian, if you mean tv coverage NBC is televising the meet on tape delay this weekend both on saturday 3:30 p.m EDT and sunday 1:00 p.m EDT. if you mean webcast the heats (prelims) are streamed live on the australia swimming website, however, to my knowledge no one has yet found a link for the finals sessions and believe me we have been trying 🙁 !

Thanks for the info Thanos, Do you know the time for next coming live webcast? i tried this morning but it didn’t work for me. 🙂

next live webcast for prelims is in a few hours, starting at 8 pm EDT/ 5 pm PDT. if the link to the webcast isnt initially working for you keep refreshing and clear your cache.

Thanks so much for your help!!!

I know I am in no position to criticize other countries’ policies, but I really struggle to understand the logic behind USA’s choice to select swimmers for WCs 1 year in advance

It really hurts the up-and-coming athletes most by depriving them of the opportunity to compete at the level they’re at by the time the competition rolls around. It’s not hard to imagine a few breakout stars emerging in the next year.

carly, of course the system it has its drawbacks as any system or policy does. the young and upcoming stars could go to pan pac or WUG and be even better by the time omaha comes around in the summer of 2016. but i think it hurts the post collegiate veterans more because they somehow now have to find funding to continue training for another two years or consider getting a job in the “real world” as they say. i am sure some will choose to retire than risk another two years of training and finishing again out of the money in omaha.

I share the concerns expressed by Carly. As a swimmer fan, I like to see the best athletes at a given time compete and I hate the idea of not seeing a young star race only because he/she developed late. I understand, on the other hand, that this approach rewards long-term commitment. Still ….

Luigi, this exact policy was used by usa swimming to select the team in the 2010-2011 period and worked very well (as evidence by performances at the 2010 pan pacs and 2011 worlds).

This policy was started in 2006, because the 2007 Worlds was held in March in Australia.
When 2007 Worlds produced among the greatest, if not the greatest worlds results for the Americans, they kept the policy.

Under the womens 100 back It says that Emily seebohm’s meet record is still a 59.34 from a previous year when she actually went sub 59 this year at pan pacs

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Tony Carroll

The writer formerly known as "Troy Gennaro", better known as Tony Carroll, has been working with SwimSwam since April of 2013. Tony grew up in northern Indiana and started swimming in 2003 when his dad forced him to join the local swim team. Reluctantly, he joined on the condition that …

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