2018 Pan Pacific Championships: Day 3 Prelims Live Recap


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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2 years ago

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

Reply to  DresselApologist
2 years ago

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

Reply to  kevin
2 years ago

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

Reply to  kevin
2 years ago

They are also prob still jet lagged….

Reply to  kevin
2 years ago

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

Reply to  kevin
2 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.

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Reply to  Superfan
2 years ago

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

2 years ago

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

Reply to  Roch
2 years ago

She made the A final.

2 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

2 years ago

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

Reply to  Rafael
2 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 .

2 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.

Reply to  Robbos
2 years ago

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

Reply to  Robbos
2 years ago

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

Reply to  Troy
2 years ago

Yeah, all those Indians we see in the pool.

Reply to  Cate
2 years ago

India and China are different. They lack the infrastructure.

Reply to  Troy
2 years ago

GREAT point!

2 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.

Reply to  Cobalt
2 years ago

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

Reply to  Cobalt
2 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 lack… Read more »

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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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