Friendship, Fun and Fast Swimming – Junior Pan Pacs Final Pool Night Photo Vault

It was a great week of swimming in Hawaii as the pool competition ends.  For the up and coming Juniors this has been a chance to swim fast on the international stage while building new friendships and competitive rivals.  Here’s some of what Mike Lewis was able to capture for us on the final night at the Keihi Aquatic Center on the island of Maui.

Paul Powers by Mike Lewis

Paul Powers was 50 champs

Mexico's Peon Jimenez (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

Mexico’s Peon Jimenez (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

Runa Imai took the women's 200 breast (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

Runa Imai took the women’s 200 breast (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

Australia's Meg Bailey gets final encouragement from her teammates before the finals (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

Australia’s Meg Bailey gets final encouragement from her teammates before the finals (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

Michael Andrew takes the B final and comes in under this goal of :23 (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

Michael Andrew takes the B final and comes in under this goal of :23 (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

Canada's Gene Robertson gets in the zone before stepping on the blocks (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

Canada’s Gene Robertson gets in the zone before stepping on the blocks (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

Team Japan Swimmer by Mike Lewis

The Japanese Team was strong on the final night of competition (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

Mexico's Hermosa Gonzalez marches out for the finals in the 200IM (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

Mexico’s Hermosa Gonzalez marches out for the finals in the 200IM (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

Rebecca Soni was on hand to give the awards in the 200 breaststroke

Rebecca Soni was on hand to give the awards in the 200 breaststroke

Ryuya Mura

Japan’s Ryuya Mura is all smiles heading out for the finals (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

Todd Owen was one of several swimmers to donned face paint for the finals (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

Todd Owen was one of several swimmers to donned face paint for the finals (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Great photos!
So funny to watch Sierra Schmidt before a race. 🙂
And also cool to see Rebecca Soni. US women’s breaststroke is missing her so much.

crazycatswimmer

Funny “HaHa” – as in making “fun” of her BoBo?? or “Fun to watch her” before she wins the race?

ERVINFORTHEWIN

very good pictures all over the meet ! so nice to see the faces after the race or before the race , concentration , full effort , friendship , painted faces ! Incredible meet they all had .
And happy to see Soni again , she looks radiant in her new life ….

This was my first time watching the Jr Pan Pac’s, and I absolutely loved it! All the competitors seemed to really enjoy the experience and rose to the occasion with great swims. Best of all was the tremendous team spirit and the fact that, with the pressure off, the athletes were just having fun doing what they love to do!

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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