2018 Pan Pacific Championships: Day 3 Prelims Live Recap

2018 PAN PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIPS

The penultimate preliminary session from the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo will feature the 400 freestyle, 100 butterfly and 200 IM, with the 400 free relays being added to the schedule for finals.

Some of the highlights today include Japan’s Rikako Ikee and American Kelsi Dahlia going head-to-head in the women’s 100 fly, Americans Katie Ledecky (400 free), Caeleb Dressel (100 fly) and Chase Kalisz (200 IM) competing in (one of) the events in which they are the reigning World Champion, and Japan’s Yui Ohashi leading a stacked field in the women’s 200 IM.

The men’s 400 free will also feature 200 free winner Townley Haas, 1500 runner-up Zane Grothe, and 2016 Olympic Champion Mack Horton.

Women’s 400 Free Prelims

  1. Katie Ledecky, USA, 4:02.57
  2. Leah Smith, USA, 4:04.91
  3. Ariarne Titmus, AUS, 4:06.47
  4. Ally McHugh, USA, 4:08.72
  5. Madeleine Gough, AUS, 4:09.09
  6. Kiah Melverton, AUS, 4:10.07
  7. Emily Overholt, CAN, 4:10.58
  8. Waka Kobori, JPN, 4:10.78
  9. Katie Drabot, USA, 4:11.09
  10. Kennedy Goss, CAN, 4:13.00
  11. Chihiro Igarashi, JPN, 4:13.14

Defending champion Katie Ledecky cruised to the top seed in the women’s 400 free with a win in the third and final heat, clocking a time of 4:02.57. Her American teammate Leah Smith (4:04.91) took 2nd in the heat and ends up in that position overall heading to tonight’s A-final.

Ariarne Titmus, the 2nd fastest woman in the world this year behind Ledecky, easily won heat 2 in 4:06.47 for the 3rd seed, and her teammate Madeleine Gough (4:09.09) beat out Kiah Melverton (4:10.07) for the 2nd Aussie spot in the A-final.

Emily Overholt of Canada had a big performance from heat 1 to qualify 5th into the final, clocking 4:10.58 for her fastest swim in over three years. American Ally McHugh improved her previous personal best of 4:11.32 all the way down to 4:08.72 and will swim the B-final along with Katie Drabot tonight.

Men’s 400 Free Prelims

  • Pan Pac Record: 3:41.83, Ian Thorpe (AUS), 1999
  1. Zane Grothe, USA, 3:45.32
  2. Jack McLoughlin, AUS, 3:45.41
  3. Mack Horton, AUS, 3:47.75
  4. Grant Shoults, USA, 3:48.23
  5. Conor Dwyer, USA, 3:48.60
  6. Elijah Winnington, AUS, 3:49.27
  7. Naito Ehara, JPN, 3:50.17
  8. Robert Finke, USA, 3:51.23
  9. Fernando Scheffer, BRA, 3:51.78
  10. Sean Grieshop, USA, 3:52.04
  11. Shogo Takeda, JPN, 3:52.23
  12. Townley Haas, USA, 3:53.36
  13. Wesley Roberts, COK, 3:54.08

Zane Grothe produced the 2nd-fastest swim of his career (and fastest this year) to claim the top seed in the men’s 400 freestyle, followed closely by Aussie Jack McLoughlin who was just 0.2 off his best from the Commonwealth Games.

Mack Horton and Grant Shoults slid in for the 2nd A-final spots for Australia and the United States, leaving 5th and 6th fastest overall Conor Dwyer and Elijah Winnington to swim in the B-final. 200 freestyle gold medalist Townley Haas ended up back in 12th overall.

Women’s 100 Fly Prelims

  1. Rikako Ikee, JPN, 56.90
  2. Kelsi Dahlia, USA, 57.36
  3. Emma McKeon, AUS, 57.99
  4. Rebecca Smith, CAN, 58.13
  5. Mallory Comerford, USA, 58.23
  6. Katie McLaughlin, USA, 58.34
  7. Brianna Throssell, AUS, 58.47
  8. Regan Smith, USA, 58.59
  9. Ai Soma, JPN, 58.70
  10. Laura Taylor, AUS, 59.36
  11. Yui Yamane, JPN, 59.41
  12. Suzuka Hasegawa, JPN, 59.52
  13. Sachi Mochida, JPN, 59.68
  14. Danielle Hanus, CAN, 59.69

Rikako Ikee popped off a new Pan Pac meet record from heat 1 to take the top seed in the women’s 100 fly in 56.90, breaking Jessicah Schipper‘s 2006 mark of 57.30. Ikee sits atop the world rankings (tied with Sarah Sjostrom) this year with a 56.23.

Kelsi Dahlia and Emma McKeon were the only others under 58 seconds in 57.36 and 57.99 respectively, while Canadian Rebecca Smith was 4th in 58.13.

Mallory Comerford (58.23) snagged the second U.S. A-final spot over Katie McLaughlin (58.34). Behind Dahlia, McLaughlin is in position to qualify for the 2019 World Championships in this event, provided either Comerford or Regan Smith don’t beat her 57.51 time from Nationals in the final.

Men’s 100 Fly Prelims

  • Pan Pac Record: 50.86, Michael Phelps (USA), 2010
  1. Caeleb Dressel, USA, 51.69
  2. Jack Conger, USA, 51.76
  3. Vini Lanza, BRA, 51.98
  4. Michael Andrew, USA / Grant Irvine, AUS, 51.99
  5. Yuki Kobori, JPN, 52.23
  6. Iago Moussalem, BRA, 52.27
  7. Zach Harting, USA, 52.46
  8. David Morgan, AUS, 52.47
  9. Yuya Yajima, JPN, 52.86

Americans Caeleb Dressel and Jack Conger led the men’s 100 fly prelims with swims of 51.69 and 51.76, and Brazilian Vini Lanza (51.98) and Aussie Grant Irvine (51.99) were also sub-52 and will be in tonight’s A-final.

Michael Andrew had a solid swim to tie with Irvine in 4th overall, but will be relegated to the B-final along with Zach Harting. The A-final will feature two Americans, two Australians, two Brazilians and two Japanese men.

Women’s 200 IM Prelims

  • Pan Pac Record: 2:09.93, Emily Seebohm (AUS), 2010 / Maya Dirado (USA), 2014
  1. Miho Teramura, JPN, 2:09.86
  2. Sydney Pickrem, CAN, 2:10.07
  3. Yui Ohashi, JPN, 2:10.23
  4. Ella Eastin, USA, 2:10.25
  5. Melanie Margalis, USA, 2:11.18
  6. Kathleen Baker, USA, 2:11.26
  7. Sakiko Shimizu, JPN, 2:11.90
  8. Kelsey Wog, CAN, 2:12.62
  9. Brooke Forde, USA, 2:13.33
  10. Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson, CAN, 2:13.67
  11. Bethany Galat, USA, 2:16.49
  12. Elliot De Bever, PER, 2:17.78
  13. Micah Sumrall, USA, 2:18.09
  14. Chloe Isleta, PHI, 2:19.39

Miho Teramura of Japan was the only swimmer sub-2:10 in the women’s 200 IM prelims, breaking the 2:09.93 meet record in a time of 2:09.86. Teramura was previously ranked 8th in the world with her 2:10.21 from the Japan Swim, but moves to 6th with this swim. Her teammate Yui Ohashi qualified 3rd overall.

Both Sydney Pickrem and Ella Eastin swam their first races of the competition here, and both had stellar performances. Pickrem took 2nd in 2:10.07, just off her season-best of 2:09.92, and Eastin swam a personal best for 4th and the top American spot in 2:10.25. Eastin had scratched her earlier events as she’s been dealing with mono over the past month.

Melanie Margalis nabbed the second American A-final spot in 2:11.18 over National Champion Kathleen Baker (2:11.26).

Men’s 200 IM Prelims

  • Pan Pac Record: 1:54.43, Ryan Lochte (USA), 2010
  1. Chase Kalisz, USA, 1:57.07
  2. Kosuke Hagino, JPN, 1:57.60
  3. Abrahm Devine, USA, 1:58.45
  4. Clyde Lewis, AUS, 1:58.47
  5. Daiya Seto, JPN, 1:58.50
  6. Hiromasa Fujimori, JPN, 1:58.78
  7. Mitch Larkin, AUS, 1:59.48
  8. Jay Litherland, USA, 1:59.91
  9. Leonardo Santos, BRA, 2:00.25
  10. Lewis Clareburt, NZL, 2:00.92

World #1 Chase Kalisz was dominant through 150 metres in the final heat of the men’s 200 IM, cruising home to touch in a time 1:57.07 for the top seed heading into the final. Kalisz leads the world rankings with his 1:55.73 from U.S. Nationals.

Kosuke Hagino, who sits 2nd in the world ranks at 1:56.37, won the heat prior to Kalisz in 1:57.60 for the #2 seed in what should be an exciting rematch from last summer where they went 1-2 at the World Championships.

Abrahm Devine easily claimed the 2nd U.S. spot in the A-final in 1:58.45, and Austrlian Clyde Lewis was just a few tenths off his season-best for 4th in 1:58.47. Daiya Seto, ranked 5th in the world, edged teammate Hiromasa Fujimori by 0.28 for the second Japanese spot in the A-final.

Jay Litherland was the only other American to put up a time (1:59.91) after Andrew Seliskar was DQed for a non-simultaneous touch on breaststroke and Dressel didn’t show.

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DresselApologist
3 years ago

Super excited about Michael Andrew’s 100 fly. Should be a great day for the US!

kevin
Reply to  DresselApologist
3 years ago

Americans have been disappointing most of them swimming slower than the trials

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  kevin
3 years ago

that does not stop them from learning a few things or 2 .

guy
Reply to  kevin
3 years ago

They are also prob still jet lagged….

Finn
Reply to  kevin
3 years ago

It’s called the taper cycle, swimming fast twice in 2 weeks is almost unheard of in the sport

Superfan
Reply to  kevin
3 years ago

I believe they only traveled a few days ago. Bad decision on USA swimming’s part. They probably are very tired and haven’t adjusted. It makes sense because finals would be middle of the night for them. And prelims is past dinner time for them also.

Love to Swim
Reply to  Superfan
3 years ago

Basically just like all other countries when they traveled to international meets.

Roch
3 years ago

Hoping the Americans have a better day today. Fingers crossed for Eastin in the IM especially.

anonymous
Reply to  Roch
3 years ago

She made the A final.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
3 years ago

And we got the 400 free relay later on inFinals !!! Oh yeah , would be another interesting jaw dropping suspense day again in Tokyo

Rafael
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
3 years ago

Female will be better Brazil looks like to not be delivering (Marco Antônio jr) and Australia lacks the firepower

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Rafael
3 years ago

Since the Aussies are in very good shape , i would certainly see them as the favorites right now for both 400 free relays – that will bring on a serious battle and thats what we love to watch . I truly enjoyed their actual firepower so far .

Robbos
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
3 years ago

I would say 4×100 men’s the US are still favourites, I agree, the Aussies have the firepower, they lack the depth & firepower of the US.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Robbos
3 years ago

would love to see the Us put down serious relays today – the depth is there for sure !! waiting to see that unfold

Troy
Reply to  Robbos
3 years ago

Pretty much impossible to have the depth the US has when they have 14 times the population.

Cate
Reply to  Troy
3 years ago

Yeah, all those Indians we see in the pool.

dfgdfgg
Reply to  Cate
3 years ago

India and China are different. They lack the infrastructure.

Cobalt
Reply to  Troy
3 years ago

GREAT point!

Cobalt
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
3 years ago

Yes, so wonderful to see the Australians swimming so well. Australia has such passion for swimming…I wish the sport was as important in the US as it is there. In Australia they have swim class for kids at school…that’s amazing.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Cobalt
3 years ago

dont worry , they have the NCAA system and its really important in Usa

Laps
Reply to  Cobalt
3 years ago

Most Australians live in coastal cities within an hour or two of beaches and outdoor sports/beach culture are very popular.

In my primary school the entire class had two 1 hour swim lessons every week for 2 months at the local pool every year and I’d say about a quarter of the class was enrolled in swimming lessons during the summer. My high school had a pool, which is uncommon for a high school in Aus, so we still had classes in high school as well. This was in the 90s/00s so things may have changed since then.

Do Americans not have any swim classes in school? Is it due to a lack of access to pools or a… Read more »

Marley09
3 years ago

If you log in early for prelims, Japanese TV cartoon game is strong. Are networks there run by 5 year olds?

kdswim
Reply to  Marley09
3 years ago

It is so different watching some of the Japanese channels. Lots of game shows, graphics everywhere on screen scrolling up down and sideways. Lots of cartoons….although have to remember it is 9am there…

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  kdswim
3 years ago

lets not forget those guys invented the smileys we all use nowadays ….they are darn good at cartoons , mangas and all

kdswim
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
3 years ago

Reminds me of those times my swimmer was young in summer league and had Gameboy playing Pokemon between heats with all the other swimmers in the tents…

Jon Nap
Reply to  kdswim
3 years ago

Link plz?

kdswim
Reply to  Jon Nap
3 years ago

From my link last night….
This worked last night (used by several posters): https://fujitv.live/fujitv which has TV Asahi ch2 (Japan live TV broadcast) found at channel 59 (scroll to it).
You can watch online or load apps (I’ve tested Window’s app). It runs in demo mode and you can cancel the popup/change channel and go back as often as you like.
There is also a 24 hour free subscription based, it appears, on just your email (I’ve used a 2nd email tonight on same computer and it is working again).
The video quality is Excellent, but everything including swimmer’s name is in Japanese…

IN_SwimDad
Reply to  Marley09
3 years ago

Still Channel 59?

kdswim
Reply to  IN_SwimDad
3 years ago

Looks like it.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  IN_SwimDad
3 years ago

the Famous channel 59 Lol

kdswim
Reply to  IN_SwimDad
3 years ago

The pool is on.

Swammer!
Reply to  kdswim
3 years ago

Link? First chance I’ve had to sit down and watch it

kdswim
Reply to  Swammer!
3 years ago

I just posted it above… not as simple as just a link though…

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  kdswim
3 years ago

u are right , i have tried and did not manage to surf to the right link to make it work so far – but i dont care – i can watch finals on cbc.ca later on ……

monsterbasher
Reply to  Marley09
3 years ago

Chilllll. I’m sure people from other countries have a lot to say about American tv networks bloated with ads.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  monsterbasher
3 years ago

its all good – adverts are everywhere and for me bothering ….thats part of the business

Philip Johnson
3 years ago

Does anyone think Dwyer will actually put up a decent time in the 400? When was the last time he’s been competitive in the event?

DragonSwim
Reply to  Philip Johnson
3 years ago

Well, there was that time in 2016 when he got 4th in the Olympics.

Philip Johnson
Reply to  DragonSwim
3 years ago

I meant since then but thanks for answering my question. I guess someone who placed 4th at the Olympics should have an easy path of victory here.

Cougarswim
Reply to  Philip Johnson
3 years ago

“Competitive” clearly isn’t the same as “easy path to victory”.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Cougarswim
3 years ago

lol

DragonSwim
Reply to  Philip Johnson
3 years ago

Ah yeah, he hasn’t been competitive since the Olympics in the 400. If we go off the logic the commentators were using last night, we will absolutely win!

MTK
Reply to  Philip Johnson
3 years ago

3:43 for 4th at the Olympics – while he won’t go that fast, he may have a 3:47ish in him.

Yozhik
3 years ago

It’s nice that Ledecky and Smith swim in last heat after Titmus. Katie had two stressful 200 races and it’s better to have calm prelims.

HonestObserver
3 years ago

There’s been a lot of talk about who peaked for Nationals and who didn’t, who can hold their taper and who can’t, who might be overtrained, and the short amount of time between Nationals and this meet. But really, most of the subpar performances by the US are probably due to the complete time zone change (Tokyo is, after all, on the other side of the world) and the short four day acclimatization period. Imagine the following scenario: you’re asked, for the next four days, after spending 12 or so hours in a cramped seat, to turn day into night and night into day, with all the attendant loss of sleep that entails. Then you’re asked to replicate your best… Read more »

Leto
Reply to  HonestObserver
3 years ago

You make a great point about adjusting to the time change. Many of the team US athletes stated that as a huge factor in their success in Rio that the coaches had their training camps structured so that they would be ready for the late finals and their bodies were acclimated to racing at those times. Surprising then that USA swimming didn’t post nationals earlier in the summer and give the team the same opportunity for Pan Pacs. Perhaps this is the one year in the quad they’re really not too focused on? As a fan I truly dislike the US selection that places a disproportionate value on this summer for next summer as well. I think it hurts athletes… Read more »

Jim C
Reply to  Leto
3 years ago

Actually, Claire Tuggle should get some world experience in Jr. Pan Pacs, as Lilly King , Townley Haas, and Blake Pieroni did in 2014.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  HonestObserver
3 years ago

Great rightful & probably 100% correct analysis !! Loved it , thanks . I have taken many planes in my life from Europe to South Asia – and boy , i payed the price with the jet lag for at least 4,5 days ( for a 10 hour straight flight that is ) and it was not plaisant at all . The Us Team has probably spend even more than 12 hours in a cramped seat – because of at least one flight change or 2 in the middle of the entire flight . That does not help to recover so well . So i do well concur with your clear understanding of their issue at hand .

Rafael
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
3 years ago

Us can fly directly to jpn from Mexico to North you can go directly to Jpn. From Brazil is a 26 hour trip.. I want to visit jpn but that takes all my excitement

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Rafael
3 years ago

i will visit Japan asap – Great innovative country ! and if possible go to my first Olympics ever 😜

tm71
Reply to  HonestObserver
3 years ago

Didn’t bother ninja Murphy in the 100 back

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  tm71
3 years ago

he is one of the only exceptions so far ….had he got a secret ? maybe well …Yoga breathing recovery techniques actually would help them all recover better & faster than they did (based on personal experiences with jet lag recovery process )

Pat
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
3 years ago

Murphy’s 100 back and Townley’s epic 800 FR-R anchor are the two American highlights of the meet so far.

rsgnsf
Reply to  HonestObserver
3 years ago

Would it be fair to say that the high proportion of the US who have swum well are West-Coast-based swimmers? I.e., with a 2-3-hr timezone advantage on the rest of the team?

Bigly
Reply to  rsgnsf
3 years ago

Zach Harting and MA, Flickinger —– all no.

DMSWIM
Reply to  Bigly
3 years ago

No knock to Flickinger, but she was slower than Nationals in the 200 fly.

Joel
Reply to  HonestObserver
3 years ago

The Aussies possibly struggled with this in Rio too although I’m not sure how long they were in Auburn prior to Rio.
But then American TV controls times of finals at the Olympics unbelievably .

Wot
Reply to  Joel
3 years ago

I don’t understand why you think it’s unbelievable that the media capital of the world controls finals times at the Olympics. It’s about how they can make the most money and they will only make he most money if people from the biggest markets in the world are watching. The sport’s biggest stars are Americans too in case you forgot so yeah not to ridiculous. Also, it’s not like this tv schedules are decided when the teams arrive for the Olympics. These schedules are often known at least a year in advance of the Olympic meet.

Bigly
Reply to  HonestObserver
3 years ago

I would imagine the elite swimmers were anticipating this time zone change and preparing accordingly well ahead of the staging camp. Travel still sucks, but there’s a reason Dressel went from Gainesville to the Mel Zajac meet and stayed on in California for a few days. It”s not like they just up and went, “Holy crap, there’s a big time difference.” Most were subpar at Trials, too — we just refused to believe they were rested. PanPacs have almost always been a letdown.

Jim C
Reply to  Bigly
3 years ago

Why not stay in Hawaii?

Mark
Reply to  HonestObserver
3 years ago

Team USA knocked adjusting to the time change out of the park in Rio, others did not and it was obvious a few days into the meet. I have a feeling team USA will have it covered for 2020.

Mr G
Reply to  Mark
3 years ago

Rio de Janeiro is only 1 hour ahead of Miami FL, so we had a lucky advantage in 2016.

Love to Swim
Reply to  HonestObserver
3 years ago

You mean just like most countries when they traveled and competed in world championship, the Olympics, etc?

Pvdh
3 years ago

I only love me bed, my mom , and channel 59 on Fuji TV I’m sorry

Leto
Reply to  Pvdh
3 years ago

Good one 😂😂

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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