Jr. Pan Pacs Day 4 Prelims: Urlando and Brinkworth Show Strong Amid Worsening Weather

2018 JR. PAN PACIFIC SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Amid windy and rainy conditions, swimmers on the final morning of the 2018 Jr. Pan Pacific Championships competed in the 200 IM, 50 free, and 200 breast. It wasn’t a fast morning compared to the record-setting swims we saw over the first three days of competition, but perhaps if the weather improves by tonight, the times will too.

American Alex Walsh was the only swimmer under 2:15 in the girls’ 200 IM, taking the top qualifying spot in 2:14.44. Over a second behind her was teammate Allie Raab in 2:15.83. Raab herself was almost two seconds ahead of the next-fastest swimmer, Japan’s Karin Takemura in 2:17.60.

The United States’ Gianluca Urlando, fresh off of re-breaking his 100 fly national age group record yesterday, swam his second-fastest ever 200 IM to top boys’ prelims. Urlando went 2:01.42 (best time 2:00.62), followed by Carson Foster, who broke Michael Phelps’ 400 IM NAG record Friday, in 2:01.57. The pair of Americans were almost two seconds ahead of third-place qualifier Masayuki Otake (2:03.32), of Japan.

Other Day 4 Prelims Highlights:

  • Australia’s Natasha Ramsden and the United States’ Maxine Parker ware separated by only .01 heading into the 50 free finals. Ramsden qualified first in 25.72, and Park second in 25.73. 15-year-old Gretchen Walsh is the No. 3 qualifier in 25.80.
  • Ashton Brinkworth, of Australia, qualified first in the boys’ 50 free in 22.58. He was well ahead of No. 2 qualifier Drew Kibler (USA), who was 22.91, and No. 3 qualifier Michael Pickett (New Zealand) in 22.99.
  • Japan’s Shiora Asaba is the top qualifier in the girls’ 200 breast in 2:29.00. Just behind her was countrymate Honoka Tatsumu in 2:29.14. The United States’ Ella Nelson is the third-fastest qualifier in 2:29.59.
  • Daniel Roy, the fastest 17-18-year-old in US history, is the top qualifier in the 200 breast in 2:12.63. Behind him was teammate AJ Pouch, the 3rd-fastest American 17-18-year-old of all-time, in 2:13.21. Japan’s Shoma Sato was the final swimmer under 2:14, going 2:13.78.

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MIKE IN DALLAS

If you saw the prelims live, the times really DID seem to be slower in so many surprising ways;
I’ll credit that to weather.
By 5 PM local Suva time, it should be overcast with NO rain and light winds. That bodes well for
much faster times than most of the prelims had — I hope!

Boknows34

Gold in the 200IM for Carson Foster and Alex Walsh.

Roy beats Pouch by 0.01 in the 200 breast.

And Lani Pallister wins her third individual gold in the 1500m, with a new meet record, 16.08.09

Miss M

Lani’s swim was very impressive

Ice Age Swimmer

why, why, why hold such an important meet in an outdoor venue? I would have been ticked if I had trained hard, peak and tapered for this meet as my major goal meet, and then was at the mercy of the weather. I guess you could say the swimmers are young and it’s good practice to compete in bad conditions. But things like wind gusts or rain can vary from heat to heat, so it’s not even like you can say that everybody had to deal with the same thing.

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Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majors in Media Studies and American Studies at Claremont McKenna College. When she's not writing about swimming or baseball, you can probably find her listening to a podcast or in a pool ... and/or watching Seinfeld, which she just realized is funny.

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