The Americans, for the second-straight day, won 7 out of 8 gold medals on the second day of competition in Maui, Hawaii at the 2014 Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships. That puts them well ahead of the 9 gold medal pace that they had after two days at the last edition of this meet in 2012, where the Canadians and Japanese sent especially much stronger squads.
But while Team USA continues to dominate, day two of this meet brought a lot of new excitement for three different countries.
Australia picked up their first gold of the event when their superstar 15-year old Shayna Jack won the girls’ 100 free in 54.82; that was actually part of a 1-2 finish for the Aussies, with Chelsea Gillett taking 2nd, and that helped lift them ahead of Japan for 2nd in the medals count.
Also on day two, two countries outside of the four founding nations picked up their first medals of the meet. China got a bronze in the women’s 100 free from a just-turned-15-year old named Menghui Zhu – the next in an ever-growing youth lineage of sprinters in that country.
For New Zealand, the medal was also a bronze, and came from Bradlee Ashby in the boys’ 400 IM final, where he was a 4:23.15. That’s a new New Zealand 18-year olds National Record in the event, though it’s still a hair slower than Ashby’s own record for 17-year olds.
Full day 2 recap here.
Meet results here.