2016 Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships: Preview

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

The 2016 Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships will run from August 24th to August 27th in Maui, Hawaii.

The event will include two junior world record holders. One of them will be Australian Minna Atherton holds the junior world records in both the 50 and 100 backstroke and just missed making the Olympic finishing third in the 100 backstroke and fourth in the 200 backstroke at the Australian Trials. Atherton, who won the 100 and 200 backstroke at the 2015 World Junior Championships, will be racing in her specialties of the 100 and 200 backstroke along with the 200 freestyle. She will be challenged in the backstroke events by American Lucy Nordmann who is going in ranked second in both the 100 and 200.

Gabrielle Fa ‘amausili of New Zealand, the former junior world record holder in the 50 backstroke and world junior champion in the same event, will also challenge for gold in the 100 meter distance.

American Sean Grieshop, who holds the junior world record in the 400 IM and won the same event at the 2015 World Junior Championships, goes into the competition as a favourite in both the 400 IM and 400 freestyle. Grieshop will be racing the 200 and 400 IM along with the 200, 400, 800 and 1500 freestyle. With the heavy event schedule the American will have extremely challenging lineup on both the first and last day of the competition. Grieshop will swim both the 200 and 1500 freestyle on Wednesday and the 200 IM and 800 freestyle on Saturday.

Michael Taylor of the United States, who finished second in both the 100 and 200 backstroke at the 2015 World Junior Championships, will go into the 100 backstroke as a heavy favourite, but will be challenged by fellow American Austin Katz in the 200 backstroke.

The men’s breaststroke events will feature 2015 World Junior Championship medalists American Reece Whitley, Australian Matthew Wilson and Ippei Miyamoto of Japan.

The women’s 100 butterfly is also a race to watch as 2015 World Junior Championship bronze medalist Gemma Cooney of Australia will have contend with a strong American contingent that includes Cassidy Bayer and Eva Merrell.



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Mad Canadian
4 years ago

Where the canadians at????

Reply to  Mad Canadian
4 years ago

Ruck and Oleksiak would look good on this team.

Reply to  Marley09
4 years ago

I don’t think they’d be good… They’d absolutely destroy everybody

4 years ago

I have a good feeling about this US squad.

Reply to  HulkSwim
4 years ago

I don’t see them busting out a ton of golds but they will clean up the overall medal table. Lot of senior team level times by the chinese, japanese and aussies.

4 years ago

No mention of Alex Walsh. I hope she breaks the 1:00 barrier and 2:10 in the backstrokes!

Reply to  Hswimmer
4 years ago

Bummed to see Alex swim only four events. I assume she’s trying to be “rested” for these events but, after skipping us open and Jr’s, it’s a bummer to not see where she’s at with other events. She certainly could have added scoring power in other events. After the show Regan Smith put on in Minneapolis the first two weeks of August, it would have been an interesting comparison. Either way, good luck to the entire squad.

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