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)
- Psych Sheets and Live Results
Women’s 200 freestyle
After the first 50 of the women’s 200 freestyle Li Bingjie of China took control of the race. Li, who was born in 2002, turned at the 100 meter mark in a time of 57.79 two tenths of a second ahead of Canadian Rebecca Smith, who split a 57.99. Li took the event in a time of 1:58.23 followed by Smith who finished in a time of 1:58.90.
Isabel Ivey of the United States had an incredible second half making the race for silver a close one. Ivey turn at the 100 meter mark in a time of 59.33 close to a second and a half behind Smith. She came home in a time of 59.61 finishing four one-hundredths behind Smith touching in a time of 1:58.94.
Men’s 200 freestyle
The Aussie men dominated the 200 freestyle as Jack Cartwright and Louis Townsend took the gold and silver finishing over a second ahead of the field. Cartwright had the lead at the half way point turning in a time of 52.29 followed by Townsend who split a 52.99. Cartwright was able to hold off Townsend in the final 100 meters winning the event in a time of 1:47.68. Townsend hit the wall five one-hundredths of a second later posting a time of 1:47.73.
Both men were under the competition record of 1:48.29 set by American Townley Haas in 2014.
American Drew Kibler finished third in a time of 1:49.09. Kibler was the youngest man in the final being born in 2000 while the rest of the competition was born in 1998. With his time in the prelims of 1:49.81 he placed himself fourth all-time for 15-16 year olds in the United States. Tonight Kibler moved himself into the second place position not far behind Caleb Dressel.
U.S. 15-16 Boys All-Time Ranking (200 Free)
- Caeleb Dressel, 1:48.64 (2013)
- Drew Kibler, 1:49.04 (2016
- Ian Crocker, 1:49.48 (1998)
- Maxime Rooney, 1:49.54 (2014)
- Michael Domagala, 1:49.88 (2012)
Women’s 100 backstroke
The women’s 100 backstroke was a dramatic event for two reasons. The race was an extremely close battle between Australian Minna Atherton and American Lucie Nordmann. Atherton hit the 50 meter mark in a time of 29.34 followed by Nordmann who turned in a time of 29.77. The American stormed back in the second half of the race nearly catching Atherton, who holds junior world record in the event. The Australian won the event in the time of 1:00.45 followed by Nordmann who posted a 1:00.55.
That was not the end of the drama as initially Atherton was disqualified for having her toes in the gutter on the start, but the disqualification was eventually overruled.
Both Atherton and Nordmann were under the competition record of 1:00.82 set by Sayaka Akase of Japan in 2010.
Kaylee McKeown of Australia finished third in a time of 1:01.01.
Men’s 100 backstroke
Just as the Australians did in the 200 freestyle the Americans finished first and second in the 100 backstroke. Michael Taylor led the event from start to finish winning the event in a time of 54.21. He was followed by teammate Cameron Craig who touched in a time of 54.74.
Leon MacAllister of Australia finished third in a time of 56.14.
Women’s 200 butterfly
Cassidy Bayer of the United States dominated the women’s 200 butterfly finishing close to four seconds ahead of the field. Bayer won the event in a time of 2:08.48 breaking the championship record of 2:09.02 set by Haruno Ito of Japan in 2014. She was off her lifetime best of 2:07.97 that she posted at this year’s Olympic Trials.
Laura Taylor of Australia finished second in a time of 2:12.20 followed by Maia Nishimura of Japan who touched in a time of 2:12.97.
Men’s 200 butterfly
Japan became the third nation to finish with gold and silver in the same event. Nao Horomura led the race from start to finish touching in a time of 1:57.01. He was followed by teammate Yuya Sakamoto who hit the wall in a time of 1:57.90 and American Sam Pomajevich who posted a time of 58.22.
Women’s 800 freestyle
Li Bingjie took her second event of the evening winning the women’s 800 freestyle in a time of 8:28.12. Li was once the again the youngest in the field by a large amount being born in 2002. American Joy Field, who was born in 1998, finished second in a time of 8:31.21 followed by Canadian Oliva Anderson who touched in a time of 8:32.84.
Men’s 1500 freestyle
American Robert Finke dominated the field in the men’s 1500 freestyle winning the event in a time of 15:05.29 finishing over 15 seconds ahead of the next competitor. Finke broke the championship record of 15:10.07 set by Australian Mack Horton in 2014. Fellow American Andrew Abruzzo finished second in a time of 15:20.62 followed by Atsuya Yoshida of Japan who hit the wall in a time of 15:27.61.