2022 Junior Pan Pacs – Day 1 Prelims Live Recap

2022 Junior Pan Pacific Championships

The 2022 Junior Pan Pacific Championships, which brings together swimmers from Australia, Canada, Japan, the United States, New Zealand, Samoa, Fiji, and Singapore, is being hosted by the U.S. in Honolulu, Hawaii. It is open to athletes aged 13-18 as of December 31st of the competition year. There will be an A final and a B final for each event, although only the A final will be scored. Each nation is limited to two entrants per A final and two entrants per B final.

Girls 200 Meter Freestyle – Heats

  • Jr World: 1:54.79 – Summer McIntosh (2022)
  • Jr Pan Pac: 1:57.73 – Dagny Knutson (2009)

A-final qualifiers:

  1. Erin Gemmell, USA – 1:56.66
  2. Jamie Perkins, Australia – 1:58.65
  3. Kayla Wilson, USA – 1:58.78
  4. Amelia Weber, Australia – 2:00.33
  5. Lilly Daley, Canada – 2:00.52
  6. Mia West, Canada – 2:01.14
  7. Misa Okuzono, Japan – 2:01.31
  8. Hinata Umeki, Japan – 2:01.48

Erin Gemmell of Team USA came within half a second of her entry time to win the final heat of 200 freestyle prelims with 1:56.66. She took more than 1 full second off the previous record of 1:57.73, set by USA’s Dagny Knutson in 2009. Teammate Kayla Wilson finished second in the heat with 1:58.78.

Australia’s Jamie Perkins went 1:58.65 to win heat 4 ahead of teammate Amelia Weber ( 2:00.33) and Misa Okuzono of Japan (2:01.31). Canada’s Lilly Daley had a big swim in heat 3, dropping 1.1 seconds to win the heat with 2:00.52. She touched out Olivia Wunsch of Australia (2:00.93) and USA’s Anna Moesch (2:01.16).

Boys 200 Meter Freestyle – Heats

  • Jr World: 1:42.9 – David Popovici (2022)
  • Jr Pan Pac: 1:47.65 – Drew Kibler (2018)

A-final qualifiers:

  1. Flynn Southam, Australia – 1:48.35
  2. Maximus Williamson, USA – 1:48.45
  3. Rex Maurer, USA – 1:48.97
  4. Adam Wu, Canada – 1:50.11
  5. Anders McAlpine, Australia – 1:50.15
  6. Yuta Watanabe, Japan – 1:50.53
  7. Tatsumi Edward Scott, Japan – 1:50.77
  8. Lorne Wigginton, Canada – 1:52.26

Canada came out swinging in the boys’ 200 free heats, with first Charlie Skalenda (1:54.65), then Adam Wu (1:50.11), winning heats 1 and 2 with big time drops.

USA’s Henry McFadden won heat 3 in 1:49.22 and took over the leaderboard. Behind him were Japan’s Yuta Watanabe (1:50.53) and Australia’s Marcus Da Silva (1:50.80).

The final heat was a thriller, with Australia’s Flynn Southam just touching out 15-year-old Maximus Williamson of Team USA, 1:48.35 to 1:48.45. Williamson dropped 2.1 seconds to finish in 1:48.45. Teammate Rex Maurer kicked it into another gear over the second half of the race; he, too, picked up a PB, touching third with 1:48.97.

Girls 100 Meter Backstroke – Heats

  • Jr World: 57.57 – Regan Smith (2019)
  • Jr Pan Pac: 59.59 – Katharine Berkoff (2018)

A-final qualifiers:

  1. Maggie Wanezek, USA – 1:00.13
  2. Jaclyn Barclay, Australia – 1:01.36
  3. Kennedy Noble, USA – 1:01.41
  4. Iona Anderson, Australia – 1:01.80
  5. Ashley McMillan, Canada – 1:02.09
  6. Katie Schroeder, Canada – 1:02.13
  7. Chiaki Yamamoto, Japan – 1:02.40
  8. Isabelle Gibson, New Zealand – 1:02.59

Jaclyn Barclay of Australia won heat 3 of 100 backstroke with 1:01.36, adding just over a second from her entry time which had her seeded second overall in the event. USA’s Kennedy Noble came to the wall .05 behind Barclay. Yuzuki Mizuno of Japan touched third in the heat with 1:02.65.

Maggie Wanezek of USA improved her seed time by .33 to win heat 4 with 1:00.13, beating teammate Natalie Mannion (1:02.06) and Canada’s Regan Rathwell (1:02.34). It was Mannion’s second consecutive event; she was the third-fastest 200 freestyler from the U.S. with 2:00.24 and qualified for tonight’s B-final.

USA’s Teagan O’Dell went 1:01.71 to win the final heat in front of teammate Berit Berglund (1:01.75) and Iona Anderson of Australia (1:01.80).

Boys 100 Meter Backstroke

  • Jr World: 52.53 – Kliment Kolesnikov (2018)
  • Jr Pan Pac: 54.07 – Jack Conger (2012)

A-final qualifiers:

  1. Daniel Diehl, USA – 53.40
  2. Josh Zuchowski, USA – 54.70
  3. Hidekazu Takehara, Japan – 56.34
  4. Matthew Magnussen, Australia – 56.45
  5. Fergus McLachlan, Australia – 56.73
  6. Tristan Jankovics, Canada – 57.05
  7. Loic Courville-Fortin, Canada – 57.05
  8. Gabriel Koo, Singapore – 57.53

Despite swimming an extra couple of meters while zigzagging back and forth between the lane lines, Daniel Diehl of the U.S. broke the meet record in the last heat of the boys’ 100 back with a lifetime-best time of 53.40. In doing so, he lowered his own National Age Group Record for 15-16 boys by .19. Touching second in the heat was teammate Hudson Williams (56.34). Canada’s Loic Courville-Fortin and Tristan Jankovics tied for third with 57.05.

In the penultimate heat, Keaton Jones of USA edged teammate Maximus Williamson, 55.61 to 55.83. Williamson dropped .3 to crack the 56-second barrier for the first time. Japan’s Hidekazu Takehara was third (56.34).

USA’s Josh Zuchowski clocked a 54.70 to win heat 2 with a personal best by half a second. Matthew Magnussen from Australia touched out teammate Fergus McLachlan, 56.45 to 56.73, for second place.

Girls 200 Meter Butterfly – Heats

  • Jr World: 2:05.20 – Summer McIntosh (2022)
  • Jr Pan Pac: 2:08.48 – Cassidy Bayer (2016)

A-final qualifiers:

  1. Airi Mitsui, Japan – 2:10.18
  2. Tess Howley, USA – 2:10.19
  3. Alex Shackell, USA – 2:10.30
  4. Bella Grant, Australia – 2:11.22
  5. Yasuki Fujimoto, Japan – 2:12.14
  6. Ella Jansen, Canada – 2:12.42
  7. Kamryn Cannings, Canada – 2:13.35
  8. Sally Vagg, Australia – 2:15.38

There were only two heats of girls’ 200 butterfly and the first went to Airi Mitsui of Japan in 2:10.18. Her teammate Yasuka Fukimoto touched second with 2:12.14, a body length ahead of Canada’s Kamryn Cannings (2:13.35).

Heat 2 featured a 1-2 Team USA finish from Tess Howley (2:10.19) and Alex Shackell (2:10.30). Australia’s Bella Grant came in third with 2:11.22.

Boys 200 Meter Butterfly – Heats

  • Jr World: 1:53.79 – Kristof Milak (2017)
  • Jr Pan Pac: 1:55.92 – Andrew Seliskar (2014)

A-final qualifiers:

  1. Aaron Shackell, USA – 1:56.15
  2. Thomas Heilman, USA – 1:57.58
  3. Ei Kamikawabata, Japan – 1:58.83
  4. Seiya Shinkai, Japan – 1:58.89
  5. Adam Wu, Canada – 2:00.41
  6. Benjamin Loewen, Canada – 2:00.55
  7. Ike Martinez, Australia – 2:01.20
  8. Jesse Coleman, Australia – 2:01.54

The boys’ 200 fly was slightly more populated with three heats. Japan’s Seiya Shinkai claimed the first with 1:58.89, coming to the wall a body length ahead of Canada’s Benjamin Loewen (2:00.55) and Australia’s Daniel McLoughlin (2:05.28).

Thomas Heilman of USA cracked a PB of 1:57.58 to win heat 2 in front of teammate Cooper Lucas (2:00.36). Australia’s Jesse Coleman came to the wall in 2:01.54 for third.

Aaron Shackell of USA improved his seed time by 1.27 seconds to win the final heat with the fastest time overall, 1:56.15. Shackell narrowly missed the meet record of 1:55.92 set by Andrew Seliskar of USA in 2014. Japan’s Ei Kamikawabata (1:58.83) and Tomoyuki Matsushita (2:00.32) were second and third in the heat. Matsushita dropped 2.1 seconds from his seed time. Fourth in that heat was Canada’s Adam Wu (2:00.41), who qualified for his second final with a PB by .26 seconds.

Girls 800 Meter Freestyle – Slower Heats

  • Jr World: 8:11.00 – Katie Ledecky (2014)
  • Jr Pan Pac: 8:28.01 – Leah Smith (2012)

Top finishers:

  1. Michaela Mattes, USA – 8:35.78
  2. Kayla Han, USA – 8:35.85
  3. Georgie Roper, Australia – 8:50.16
  4. Gracie Weyant, USA – 8:50.90
  5. Naomi Slee, Canada – 8:51.43
  6. Lydia Kilger, Canada – 8:55.24
  7. Keira Allott, New Zealand – 9:00.72
  8. Rachel Tay, Singapore – 9:53.28

USA’s Michaela Mattes had a wire-to-wire win in the second-fastest heat of girls’ 800 freestyle (the top two swimmers from each nation will swim tonight in the final). Teammate Kayla Han was just behind throughout the race. She took over the lead briefly at the 600-meter wall and held on through the 700, but Mattes took off on the bell lap and just touched out her teammate, 8:35.78 to 8:35.85. Han, who is only 13, dropped 6 seconds and jumped into the all-time top-10 list for 13-14 girls. Han now ranks eighth, passing Bella Sims. The 13-14 NAG record for the 800 free is Becca Mann’s 8:28.54 from 2012.

Georgie Roper for Australia touched out USA’s Gracie Weyant for third place.

Boys 1500 Meter Freestyle – Slower Heats

  • Jr World: 14:46.09 – Franko Grgic (2019)
  • Jr Pan Pac: 15:05.29 – Robert Finke (2016)

Top finishers:

  1. Riku Yamaguchi, Japan – 15:28.06
  2. Bobby DiNunzio, USA – 15:31.72
  3. Larn Hamblyn-Ough, New Zealand – 16:09.79
  4. Artyom Lukasevits, Singapore – 16:23.76

The heat of boys’ 1500 freestyle proved to be an exciting race in the middle two lanes of the pool between Japan’s Riku Yamaguchi and USA’s Bobby DiNunzio. Yamaguchi shaved nearly 22 seconds off his seed time to get the win in 15:28.06. The pair had traded leads while swimming nearly half a pool length ahead of the other contestants, New Zealand’s Larn Hamblyn-Ough and Singapore’s Artyom Lukasevits.

Yamaguchi and DiNunzio traded stroke for stroke through the 1300 when the former pulled ahead of the latter and then built a comfortable lead through to the end. Yamaguchi finished with 15:28.06, while DiNunzio was just off his seed time with 15:31.72. Hamblyn-Ough improved his sed time by 19 seconds and came in third (16:09.79).


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5 months ago

final full results for Mens 100 Back have not been put on live results. ??

5 months ago

Any chance of the full results for Mens 100 backstroke

5 months ago

What do the numbers next to their names on Meet Mobile mean?

Reply to  Noah
5 months ago

Which numbers?

Seed, Year of Birth, Entry Time

Reply to  Noah
5 months ago

Year of birth. Just add 200 to the beginning.

Reply to  Noah
5 months ago

I wondered the same at first, and realized its just year of birth without the 0.

Hawaiian Reeves
5 months ago

Is there a reason Keaton Jones and Maximus Williamson do not appear in the list of top 8 finishers in the 100m backstroke? From the article, they appear to have top 8 times.

Reply to  Hawaiian Reeves
5 months ago

Limit of two per country.

Swimmer Brent
Reply to  Hawaiian Reeves
5 months ago

Because only 2 swimmers from each country can end up in the A-Final so while they swam times in the top 8, they drop to 9th and 10th and swim in the B-Final.

Reply to  Hawaiian Reeves
5 months ago

Only two athletes per nation allowed to qualify for the A-final. If you are third or fourth, you get relegated to the B final, even if you have top 8 times.

Reply to  Yaboi
5 months ago

I like it better when every result is listed and then they cross out the ones that can’t advance. Much better illustration of what the athletes are competing against to move to finals in the more competitive countries.

5 months ago

Quick prelims for these kids! Shackell with a chance to dip into the 1:55 range in the 200 fly and Wanezek with a chance to break a minute in the 100 back. Wowza.

5 months ago

Heilman 1:57! Great Prelim swim

Reply to  BigBoiJohnson
5 months ago

1:56.1 from Shackell is impressive too!!

Old Bruin
5 months ago

Props to the USAS announcer for getting all these incredibly challenging names right (I assume!)…he’s saying them with the confidence of a man saying “Tom Smith” over and over again. It’s very impressive!!

5 months ago

Frustrating that Australia won’t let girls turning 18 this year be chosen for junior pan pacs ( so same as junior worlds selections) but all the other countries do. Hardly fair. So the top 3 USA female 200 freestylers in heats would not have been chosen on the Aussie team.

Last edited 5 months ago by Joel
Claire Curzan fan
Reply to  Joel
5 months ago


Reply to  Joel
5 months ago

Also the top 3 are American and Americans don’t get chosen on Aussie teams. Should we keep going??

Reply to  Joel
5 months ago

Who does Australia have turning 18 this year who could beat the top two Americans in the 200 free at this meet? 100 back? 200 fly?

Reply to  IMO
5 months ago

Mollie O’Callaghan, DOB 2nd April 2004.

Reply to  Robbos
5 months ago

Mollie and Liz aren’t eligible for reasons other than age anyway (competed at WCs) but yes Mollie would be top seed in five events.

Reply to  Troyy
5 months ago

Yep fully understand

Reply to  Robbos
5 months ago

Would she be a lock to beat them? She choked badly on the end of the 800 free relay at Worlds and split 1:55.9. She’s also not eligible because she was at Worlds. I’m asking who Australia could actually have sent.

Reply to  IMO
5 months ago

You are right she is not eligible, but you asked who was 18 years old.
Mollie swam 1.54.02 in the Comm games, who here will beat that time.
I think she would win quite easily here.

Last edited 5 months ago by Robbos
Reply to  IMO
5 months ago

Not like Junior Pan Pacs is a high pressure environment for someone who already has world championship gold.

Reply to  IMO
5 months ago

This whole discussion is a waste of time tbh and I agree that Joel’s comment was silly. But your point in particular is stupid. People on here love to take one swim out of the hundreds someone has done in a year and say “oh but remember that swim, they’d probably choke again”.

Like grow up lol

Reply to  IMO
5 months ago

Elizabeth Dekkers in the 200 Fly 6th May 2004.

Reply to  IMO
5 months ago

Claire Curzan (DOB 06/30/2004) posted a time of 58.67 in the final of the women’s 100 meter backstroke at the 2022 FINA World Aquatics Championships.

The women’s 100 meter backstroke is currently not an issue for USA Swimming unlike the women’s 100 meter freestyle.


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