Japan more than doubles Pan Pacs/Asian Games rosters after Japan Open

Japan announced its first wave of qualifiers for the Pan Pacific Championships and the Asian Games back in April after Japanese Nationals, but the country’s Japan Open this past weekend serves as another chance for athletes to qualify for the national team.

A big group of Japanese nationals took advantage of the ‘last chance meet’ setup, as the country more than doubled the sizes of its rosters for both events.

25 more swimmers (13 men and 12 women) were added to the Pan Pacs team, while 17 (6 men and 11 women) made the Asian Games squad.

The full roster additions are listed below. The early selectees can be found here.

You can also find the new additions on the Japanese swimming website here.

Pan Pacs additions:

Men
Kenta Ito (Miki)
Katsumi Nakamura (Waseda University)
Ranmaru Harada (Self-Defense Force Physical Training School)
Sakata Reo (Brightman Kinki)
Yamamoto Kohei (Mizuno)
Takeda Syogo (Konami)
Hirai Akira (Meiji University)
Junya Koga (Daiichi Sankyo)
Hayate Matsubara (ANA)
Naoya Tomita (Team Arena)
Sakimoto Hironari (Konami)
Oshikiri Yuta (Nihon University)
Masato Sakai (Waseda University)

Women
Misaki Yamaguchi (Brightman)
Yayoi Matsumoto (Miki)
Chihiro Igarashi (Nippon Sport Science University)
Yasuko Miyamoto (Toyo University)
Takano Aya (Brightman)
Shiho Sakai (Miki)
Akase Sayaka (Nippon Sport Science University),
Megumi Kamimura (Central Naruse)
Nakano Miyu (AEXEA East)
Omoto Rika (Brightman)
Miho Takahashi (Nippon Sport Science University)
Miyu Otsuka (Nippon Sport Science University)

Asian Games additions:

Men
Kenta Ito (Miki)
Katsumi Nakamura (Waseda University)
Ranmaru Harada (SDF physical education School)
Yamamoto Kohei (Mizuno)
Takeda Syogo (Konami)
Naoya Tomita (Team Arena)

Women
Misaki Yamaguchi (Brightman)
Yayoi Matsumoto (Miki)
Chihiro Igarashi (Nippon Sport Science University)
Yasuko Miyamoto (Toyo University )
Aya Takano (Brightman)
Chita Asami (Toyo University)
Shiho Sakai (Miki)
Akase Sayaka (Nippon Sport Science University)
Megumi Kamimura (Central Naruse)
Nakano Miyu (AEXEA East)
Miho Takahashi (Japan University of Physical Education)

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Danjohnrob

This is probably not the place to put it, but I have a question. I know that Nationals in Irvine is the selection meet for PanPacs, and I found the detailed rules for choosing 26 men and 26 women on the USA Swimming website. The same document suggested that the top 2 times in finals of Olympic events at PanPacs make the 2015 World Championships team. But isn’t there still a limit of 26 men and 26 women on THAT team? And wouldn’t they choose at least the top 4 from the 100/200 free? And what about events like the 50 breast and men’s 800 free that aren’t Olympic events? Clearly it’s more complicated than that. Will they use the… Read more »

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