The Japanese swimming trials will be taking place at the Tatsumi International Pool in Tokyo April 10-13 starting tomorrow. These trials will be Japan’s 90th swimming nationals and the selection meet for their Pan Pac roster.
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2014 JAPANESE TRIALS
The Japanese will be selecting their team based on time standards:
Kosuke Hagino will be swimming four events at trials, the 200m and 400m freestyles as well as the 200m and 400m IM’s. Hagino will be a huge threat at Pan Pacs in the 400m free, 200m IM, and 400m IM after a silver in both the 400m free and 200m IM at Worlds last year and a bronze in the 400m IM from London.
Ryosuke Irie is slated to swim the backstroke events at trials. He could very well make his way on to the podium this summer at Pan Pacs with a lot of international competition in the backstroke events.
The battle to qualify in the 100m and 200m breaststroke at trials will be great as Kosuke Kitajima, Akihiro Yamaguchi, and Ryu Tateishi will all fight to make the team. Kitajima has the most international experience as one of the best breaststrokers of all time. Last year, Kitajima didn’t qualify to swim the 200m breaststroke at Worlds because Yamaguchi and Tateishi finished ahead of him. Yamaguchi is currently the world record holder in the 200m breaststroke with a time of 2:07.01. At Worlds last year he was seventh in finals, Tateishi was eighth.
Most notably missing from the start list is Aya Terakawa who won two bronze medals last summer, one in the 50m backstroke, one in the 100m backstroke. Terakawa announced her retirement earlier this year.