2016 JUNIOR PAN PACIFIC SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday August 24th-Saturday August 27th
- Maui, Hawaii, United States of America
- Prelims – 9 am local (3pm EDT)
- Finals – 5 pm local (11 pm EDT)
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Coming in right at the tail end of everyone’s post-Olympics hangover, the first session of the 2016 Junior Pan Pacs Champs saw Americans take three of the six #1 seeds going into tonight’s non-distance finals.
Isabel Ivey, one of the USA’s top young sprinters, ventured under 2 minutes for the first time in the 200 free to post a 1:59.96 for the 2nd seed going into the final tonight. Ivey now ranks 18th all-time in the 15-16 age group. Li Bingjie of China was 1:59.10 for 2nd, while Ivey’s American teammate Lauren Pitzer was just behind for 3rd in 2:00.14. Only two swimmers from each country are allowed to swim in each of the two final heats at night, so despite both going 2:00’s, Courtney Harnish and Brooke Forde will swim in the B final later today.
Jack Cartwright and Louis Townsend, both of Australia, were 1:48.57 and 1:48.96, respectively, in the boys’ 200 free. The top American finisher this morning was Drew Kibler in a lifetime best 1:49.81. With that time, Kibler now ranks #4 all-time in the 15-16 age group.
U.S. 15-16 Boys All-Time Ranking (200 Free)
- Caeleb Dressel, 1:48.64 (2013)
- Ian Crocker, 1:49.48 (1998)
- Maxime Rooney, 1:49.54 (2014)
- Drew Kibler, 1:49.81 (2016)
- Michael Domagala, 1:49.88 (2012)
Meanwhile, the girls’ 100 back final is shaping up to be a fantastic race. Top seed Lucie Nordmann (1:00.89) will do battle with young Aussie star Minna Atherton (1:01.06) and Alex Walsh (1:01.11) of the U.S., along with Aussie Kaylee McKeown (1:01.57). New Zealand’s Gabrielle Fa’amausili was just 1:02.45 this morning, though she could be a big factor in this race with a lifetime best of 1:00.74, along with Canada’s Danielle Hanus who has also broken 1:01 in the past.
Cameron Craig led an American 1-2 this morning in the 100 back with Michael Taylor— they went 55.35 and 55.55, respectively, with no other competitor breaking 56 seconds. Austin Katz (56.73) and Ryan Hoffer (56.82) will lead the B final. The U.S. went 1-2 in the girls’ 200 fly, as well. Ruby Martin was 2:11.52 to touch ahead of teammate Cassidy Bayer (2:12.14) and Australia’s Laura Taylor (2:12.56).
Perhaps the quickest swim of the morning, considering international salience, came from Japan’s Nao Horomura in the 200 fly. The defending Jr World Champion Horomura blasted a 1:56.62 in the boys’ 200 fly, nearly 2 seconds ahead of his teammate Yuya Sakamoto (1:58.56). Americans Sam Pomajevich (2:00.78) and Will Riggs (2:01.70) made the final as well, though two more Japanese broke 2:00. Ryosuke Iai (1:59.13) and Mutsuki Iwata (1:59.84) swam well, but will swim in the B final tonight due to country limitations.
The 200 free, 100 back, and 200 fly for boys and girls will be swum tonight for finals, including the finals of the girls’ 800 and the boys’ 1500.