Day 2 prelims of the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships get underway from Australia shortly. Stay tuned to this page for live updates, event-by-event, plus probable top-8 lists based on the Pan Pacs policy of only entering two swimmers from any given country into each event’s A final.
This morning (or evening for those in the West), we’ve got the 100 breast, 100 free and 400 IM on tap for each gender.
2014 Pan Pacific Championships
Women’s 100 breast
Meet record: 1:04.93, Rebecca Soni (USA)
American record: 1:04.45, Jessica Hardy
Australian record:1:05.09, Leisel Jones
Canadian record: 1:05.74, Annamay Pierse
Japanese record:1:05.88, Kanako Watanabe
Australia All-comers record: 1:05.09, Leisel Jones
Japan’s Kanako Watanabe is the top seed in the women’s 100 breast, getting within a second of her own national record. Watanabe was 1:06.83 this morning, riding the field’s best back-half split to an inside lane.
Just a tenth behind is American Jessica Hardy, who swam a very different race. Hardy went out in 31.1, the field’s best front-half, and finished in 1:06.94. Just a tenth back of her was teammate Breeja Larson at 1:07.06.
Australia nabbed the next two spots, with Taylor McKeown going 1:07.48 and Lorna Tonks 1:07.51.
The third U.S. swimmer was co-national champion Micah Lawrence, who fell to 1:07.54 and will be relegated to the B final, based on the Pan Pacs 2-swimmers-per-team rule. Satomi Suzuki of Japan takes her spot in the A heat at 1:07.59, but her teammate Rie Kaneto will head to the B flight after putting up a 1:07.97, good for 8th this morning.
Sally Hunter of Australia was 1:08.13, but she’s kicked out of the final because of McKeown and Tonks, so a pair of Canadians will round out the championship heat. That’s Kierra Smith (1:08.64) and Martha McCabe (1:09.19).
- Kanako Watanabe (JPN) – 1:06.83
- Jessica Hardy (USA) – 1:06.94
- Breeja Larson (USA) – 1:07.06
- Taylor McKeown (AUS) – 1:07.48
- Lorna Tonks (AUS) – 1:07.51
- Satomi Suzuki (JPN) – 1:07.59
- Kierra Smith (CAN) – 1:08.64
- Martha McCabe (CAN) – 1:09.19
Men’s 100 breast
Meet record: 59.04, Kosuke Kitajima (JPN)
American record: 58.96, Eric Shanteau
Australian record: 58.58, Brenton Rickard
Canadian record: 59.85, Scott Dickens
Japanese record: 58.90, Kosuke Kitajima
Australia All-comers record: 58.87, Christian Sprenger (AUS)
The men’s 100 breast will be the first event so far unaffected by the 2-per-team rule, at least in the top 8. The leader is American Kevin Cordes, always a fast prelims swimmer. Cordes was 59.70, just under his lifetime-best. The big question for the 21-year-old Cordes is if he can follow a big prelims swim with an equally strong finals one, something he struggled to do at U.S. Nationals.
He’ll have to be fast to medal, as Brazilian Felipe Silva is right on his tail. Silva was also sub-minute, going 59.92 to grab lane 5 in the final.
Back a little ways is Japan’s Yasuhiro Koseki, who just missed the minute-mark at 1:00.20. New Zealand’s Glenn Snyders gives his country a finalist to root for tonight, going 1:00.41 to finish fourth.
Australia’s Jake Packard is the top seed from the host nation. His 1:00.44 is just behind his Oceanian rival. Next came the second American, Nicolas Fink, at 1:00.72 and the closely named Richard Funk at 1:00.82. Japan’s Naoya Tomita is the 8th finisher and the 8th seed into finals with a 1:01.11.
- Kevin Cordes (USA) – 59.70
- Felipe Silva (BRA) – 59.91
- Yasuhiro Koseki (JPN) – 1:00.20
- Glenn Snyders (NZ) – 1:00.41
- Jake Packard (AUS) 1:00.44
- Nic Fink (USA) – 1:00.72
- Richard Funk (CAN) – 1:00.82
- Naoya Tomita (JPN) – 1:01.11
Women’s 100 free
Meet record: 53.67, Natalie Coughlin (USA)
American record: 53.02, Amanda Weir
Australian record: 52.33, Cate Campbell
Canadian record: 54.08, Erica Morningstar
Japanese record: 54.00, Haruka Ueda
Australia All-comers record: 52.68, Cate Campbell
Cate Campbell has been on a tear this season, and in front of her home crowd, it was a safe bet she’d come out with something big in this 100 free. Campbell didn’t disappoint in the prelims, blowing away the field with a 52.62 that cracks the meet and All-comers records.
She’s the top seed by almost a full second, as Australia went 1-2-3 in this event. There’s a reason they broke the world record in the 4×100 free relay a few weeks ago, and it was on full display on the Gold Coast. Cate’s younger sister Bronte was 53.50 for the second seed, also getting under the old meet record (she actually held the record for all of one heat before Cate took it back). 27-year-old Mel Schlanger was third in 53.65, also under the meet mark, but she’ll be relegated to the B heat tonight.
American Missy Franklin led the American contingent, going 53.75. She had a huge finals swim in the 200 free, so watch for her in the final, though the top two Australians look very tough. Joining Franklin will be Simone Manuel. Manuel was 53.91, and the 18-year-old will swim on the other side of the Campbell sisters in the final.
The entire top 8 was composed of Americans and Australians. Brittany Elmslie may have earned her spot on the Australians relay by going 54.29 for 6th. She’s well off Emma McKeon’s best, but McKeon slid to 11th and won’t get another shot at the final.
The next two Americans were 17-year-old Abbey Weitzeil (54.50) and Shannon Vreeland (54.55). Weitzeil will get the American B final spot in her first Pan Pacs finals appearance.
- Cate Campbell (AUS) – 52.62
- Bronte Campbell (AUS) – 53.50
- Missy Franklin (USA) – 53.75
- Simone Manuel (USA) – 53.91
- Chantal Van Landeghem (CAN) – 54.73
- Miki Uchida (JPN) – 54.86
- Victoria Poon (CAN) – 55.06
- Camille Cheng (HK) – 55.45
Men’s 100 free
Meet record: 48.13, Michael Phelps (USA)
American record: 47.33, David Walters
Australian record: 47.05, Eamon Sullivan
Canadian record: 47.27, Brent Hayden
Japanese record: 48.49, Takuro Fujii
Australia All-comers record: 47.10, James Magnussen (AUS)
It’s a clash of titans in the men’s 100 free, and Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian came out on top, for prelims at least. Adrian went 48.05 to beat 2013 World Champs gold medalist James Magnussen for the top seed. Both swam in the final heat of the preliminaries. Magnussen was 48.25, but both men will likely get into the 47s by finals tonight. That time for Adrian is a meet record.
Also notable was a big swim from American icon Michael Phelps. Phelps rolled to a win in the first of the circle-seeded heats, going 48.45 to claim third overall and the second American spot. Australia’s second slot goes to youngster Cameron McEvoy, the other circle-seed heat winner in 48.49.
Ryan Lochte was 5th in 48.90. He’ll miss the A final, but earned a spot in the B heat and should make the U.S. relay with his swim.
Brazil’s Joao de Lucca just missed a 48-second swim, but still makes the final with a 49.02. He’ll jump into that heat along with countryman Nicolas Oliveira (8th in 49.13). Ahead of Oliveira was Anthony Ervin of the U.S., who will miss both finals but should make the U.S. relay after going 49.11. Australia’s Matt Abood heads to the B heat after tying with Oliveria at 49.13.
- Nathan Adrian (USA) – 48.05
- James Magnussen (AUS) – 48.25
- Michael Phelps (USA) – 48.45
- Cameron McEvoy (AUS) – 48.49
- Joao de Lucca (BRA) – 49.02
- Nicolas Oliveira (BRA) – 49.13
- Katsumura Nakamura (JPN) – 49.30
- Shinri Shioura (JPN) – 49.53
Women’s 400 IM
Meet record: 4:34.04 Elizabeth Beisel (USA)
American record: 4:31.12, Katie Hoff
Australian record: 4:29.45, Stephanie Rice
Canadian record: 4:35.84, Tanya Hunks
Japanese record: 4:35.69, Miho Takahashi
Australia All-comers record: 4:31.46, Stephanie Rice
The women’s 400 IM was dominated by the USA and Japan, as those two combined for 9 of the top 10 spots. American Elizabeth Beisel is the leader, going 4:36.89 to take the top seed. Beisel is the reigning meet record-holder in the event, and has had a great season in her first since graduating college. She’ll have to contend with her longtime rival/teammate Maya DiRado, who won the other fast heat with a 4:37.53 and sits second.
Australia’s only entry was Keryn McMaster, who went 4:38.72 for third place. Fron there it was all Japan and the U.S. Sakiko Shimizu was 4:40.64, followed by American Melanie Margalis, who will lead the B heat after a 4:41.72. Also out of the final is 200 fly gold medalist Cammile Adams (4:42.09). Japan’s Miho Takahashi went 4:42.52 and will join the championship heat.
With only one Australian entered in the event, things got pretty spread out to make the A final. In fact, only 17 swimmers entered and it took all the way down to the final finisher to fill out the A heat for tonight. The top two Canadians got in: Emily Overholt at 4:45.89 and Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson at 4:50.42. Then things went all the way down to 17th-place Ziyi Chen, the 17-year-old Chinese swimmer, to take the final lane in the championship heat for finals.
- Elizabeth Beisel (USA) – 4:36.89
- Maya DiRado (USA) – 4:37.53
- Keryn McMaster (AUS) – 4:38.72
- Sakiko Shimizu (JPN) – 4:40.64
- Miho Takahashi (JPN) – 4:42.52
- Emily Overholt (CAN) – 4:45.89
- Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson (CAN) – 4:50.42
- Ziyi Chen (CHN) – 5:00.80
Men’s 400 IM
Meet record: 4:07.59, Ryan Lochte (USA)
American record: 4:03.84, Michael Phelps
Australian record: 4:10.14, Thomas Fraser-Holmes
Canadian record: 4:11.41, Brian Johns
Japanese record: 4:07.61, Kosuke Hagino
Australia All-comers record: 4:06.22, Michael Phelps (USA)
With just two heats of the men’s 400 IM, there were some pretty good preliminary races in setting up the final. The second heat brought out most of the fireworks, with Japanese duo Kosuke Hagino and Daiya Seto swimming their way to the top two seeds in a pair of 4:11s. Hagino went 4:11.48 for the top seed, leading narrowly the whole way. Seto settled for second in 4:11.74, and is the second seed for tonight.
Third in that heat was American Chase Kalisz, the third overall seed in 4:13.12. Kalisz was out a bit slower, but hit the back 200 hard to nip teammate Tyler Clary, the winner of the first heat. Clary went 4:13.88 and sits fourth.
After that were a pair of Japanese swimmer and a pair of US swimmers, all of whom will be bumped from the A final. Takehashi Fujimori was 4:13.95 and will swim the B final, while Hiromasa Fujimori went 4:13.95. Hiromasa would have missed a B final spot, but will have the opportunity to swim again as there are only 16 swimmers in the event. Meanwhile Michael Weiss claimed the first B final spot for the Americans with a 4:16.60 while Josh Prenot was just behind in 4:16.62. He’ll also get a chance at another swim if he wants it.
Australia’s Thomas Fraser-Holmes is the 5th finals seed, putting up a 4:18.41 this morning. He’lll be joined by South Africa’s Michael Meyer, Australia’s Travis Mahoney and 18-year-old Canadian Luke Reilly.
- Kosuke Hagino (JPN) – 4:11.48
- Daiya Seto (JPN) – 4:11.74
- Chase Kalisz (USA) – 4:13.12
- Tyler Clary (USA) – 4:13.88
- Thomas Fraser-Holmes (AUS) – 4:18.41
- Michael Meyer (RSA) – 4:18.89
- Travis Mahoney (AUS) – 4:19.12
- Luke Reilly (CAN) – 4:21.39