Erin Gemmell’s 53.73 Anchor Leads U.S. to Jr Pan Pacs Record in Girls 4×100 Medley

by Spencer Penland 7

August 28th, 2022 International, National, News

2022 JUNIOR PAN PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIPS

GIRLS 4×100 METER MEDLEY RELAY – TIMED FINALS

  • Jr World: 3:58.38 – Canada (J Hannah, F Knelson, P Oleksiak, T Ruck) (2017)
  • Jr Pan Pac: 4:02.33 – USA (P Bacon, E Weiss, L Nordmann, G Walsh) (2018)

Podium:

  1. United States – 4:02.14
  2. Japan – 4:04.01
  3. Australia – 4:05.84

In the final girls event of the 2022 Junior Pan Pacs in Honolulu, the U.S. team of Maggie Wanezek, Piper Enge, Alex Shackell, and Erin Gemmell teamed up to break the Championship Record in the 4×100 medley relay. They combined for a 4:02.14, dipping under the previous Junior Pan Pacs Record, which stood at 4:02.33 and was held by the American team of Phoebe Bacon, Emily Weiss, Lucie Nordmann, and Gretchen Walsh from the 2018 Championships.

Here is a split comparison between the U.S. team’s swim tonight and the previous record swim from 2018:

Splits USA – 2022 Jr Pan Pacs (Wanezek, Enge, Shackell, Gemmell) USA – 2018 Jr Pan Pacs (Bacon, Weiss, Nordmann, Walsh)
Backstroke Maggie Wanezek – 1:00.66 Phoebe Bacon – 1:00.49
Breaststroke Piper Enge – 1:09.30 Emily Weiss – 1:08.52
Butterfly Alex Shackell – 58.45 Lucie Nordmann – 58.57
Freestyle Erin Gemmell – 53.73 Gretchen Walsh – 54.75
FINAL TIME 4:02.14 4:02.33

It was the back half of the race where tonight’s relay was able to pull ahead of the previous record-holding relay. 100 fly champion Alex Shackell put up a 58.45 on the fly leg, while 100 free champion Erin Gemmell anchored in an eye-popping 53.73. Gemmell’s swim was a particularly fast one, coming at the end of a fantastic week of racing out of her. She set a new Championship Record in the 100 free a few nights ago, roaring to a new personal best of 54.13. Her 53.73 split tonight marks the fastest 100 of her career.

Gemmell also broke the Championship Records in the girls 200 free and 400 free earlier in the meet. Perhaps most notably, she split 1:54.86 while anchoring the U.S. girls 4×200 free relay to a new Championship Record as well.

While the U.S. team was able to break the JPP Record tonight, the relay could have been faster on paper. Maggie Wanezek led off in 1:00.66 tonight, which was slower than the 59.96 she swam to win the 100 back on the first night of the meet. Similarly, Piper Enge won the girls 100 breast in 1:08.58 on night 2, but split 1:09.30 on this relay.

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impressed by USA relays
3 months ago

correction in article above: I believe that the prior US record team had Lillie Nordmann swimming fly and not her older sister Lucie.

Admin
Reply to  impressed by USA relays
3 months ago

Here are the results that verify that it was Lucie, not Lillie.

http://www.swmeets.com/Realtime/Jr%20PanPacs/2018/

Austinpoolboy
3 months ago

Carol has to be geeked. Erin & Jillian arrive next year?

Joel Lin
Reply to  Austinpoolboy
3 months ago

Next year? There might not be 5 more obvious no doubt women’s Worlds 2023 & Olympic 2024 teams swimmers in the US than Erin Gemmell RIGHT NOW.

Austinpoolboy
Reply to  Joel Lin
3 months ago

As far as contributing to the Texas team

Joel Lin
Reply to  Austinpoolboy
3 months ago

Well, I missed the reference, but that too. Texas women sure do look like a title team in the making. Virginia is a prohibitive favorite for the 2023 meet. The 2024 meet gets wild. Florida, Texas, and Stanford along with Virginia will make the 2024 meet one of the best ever.

bob
3 months ago

Canada,s B team was faster than their A team.Way to pick em coach.