The 2018 Commonwealth Games served as one opportunity for Australian athletes to book their places on their nation’s Pan Pacific Championships roster, but the second qualification meet is now almost upon us.
The Pan Pac Trials are headed back to the South Australia Aquatic & Leisure Center in Adelaide, where the biggest Aussie stars will convene at the home pool of Marion’s Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers from June 30th to July 4th. Along with expected competitors Mack Horton, Ariarne Titmus, and Emily Seebohm, newly-minted Marion Swimming Club members Brittany Elmslie and Madi Wilson will be racing in their new home pool.
Per the Australian Pan Pac qualification criteria, a maximum of 52 swimmers (26 male/26 female) will be selected to compete in Japan. The first, second and third placed eligible athletes in the final of an individual Olympic event at the Commonwealth Games will be selected to the Pan Pacific team, subject to the time that they swim in the final equaled or beat the QTs listed at the bottom of this piece. Athletes who met this criteria considered a ‘Priority 1 athlete.’
As we kept track of the qualifying time-attaining athletes throughout the Commonwealth Games, here’s how the squad shapes up thus far, knowing swimmers may opt out of swimming the event and/or additional swimmers may be added via these Trials.
Women’s 400m free – Ariarne Titmus(4:00.93)
Men’s 200m IM – Mitch Larkin (1:57.67)
Men’s 150m free – Jack McLaughlin (14:47.09), Mack Horton (14:51.05)
Men’s 200m back – Mitch Larkin (1:56.10)
Women’s 100m free – Bronte Campbell (52.27), Cate Campbell (52.69)
Women’s 200m fly – Laura Taylor (2:07.39)
Women’s 800m free – Ariarne Titmus (8:20.02), Jess Ashwood (8:27.60), Kiah Melverton (8:28.59)
Women’s 200m back – Emily Seebohm (2:06.82)
Men’s 100m free – Kyle Chalmers (48.15)
Women’s 50m free – Cate Campbell (23.78), Bronte Campbell (24.26), Shayna Jack (24.57)
Women’s 100m back – Emily Seebohm (58.66)
Men’s 400m IM – Clyde Lewis (4:13.12)
Men’s 100m back – Mitch Larkin (53.18)
Men’s 400m freestyle – Mack Horton (3:43.76), Jack McLoughlin (3:45.21)
Men’s 200m breaststroke – Matt Wilson (2:08.64)
All eligible athletes in the ‘A’ Final of an Individual Olympic Event at the 2018 Pan Pacific Swimming Championship Trials will be selected to the Team subject to the time that they swim in the ‘A’ Final equaling or beating the SAL Qualifying Time, but they will be considered Priority 3 athletes. Note that the Pan Pacific Championships does not restrict the number of athletes per nation that can be entered per event into the heats. Therefore more than three athletes per event could potentially selected onto the team.
You can view the table of qualification times below.
The 2018 Pan Pacific Championships are slated for August 23rd – August 28th in Tokyo, Japan, while the Para Pan Pacific Championships are set for Cairns, taking place from August 9th – 13th.