2018 PAN PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Thursday, August 9 – Tuesday, August 14, 2018
- Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo, Japan
- Meet site
- Psych Sheet
- Start Lists
- Meet Results
In her first swim of the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships, Katie Ledecky raced to the top qualifying spot, and a new meet record in the 200 free Thursday morning.
Ledecky split 26.95/28.86/29.55/29.8 en route to her final time of 1:55.16; the previous record was 1:55.74, set in 2014. She is the top seed for finals Thursday day, over a second ahead of No. 2 seed Allison Schmitt, who finished in 1:56.36. Behind Schmitt was Leah Smith in 1:56.81, Taylor Ruck (representing Canada) in 1:56.84, and Katie McLaughlin in 1:56.88. Mallory Comerford was also a top eight prelims finisher in 1:57.48.
For the U.S., only Ledecky and Schmitt can advance to the A-final.
Ledecky has been as fast as 1:54.56 this year, swimming that time at the 2018 TYR Pro Swim Series stop in Santa Clara.