Pan Pacs Warning Shots: Ikee Puts Up 53.47 1Free/56.50 1Fly At HS Meet

2018 Kanto High School Championship Swimming Games

While competing at the 2018 Kanto High School Championship Swimming Games over July 21st – July 23rd, 18-year-old Rikako Ikee threw down impressive times across her bread-and-butter sprint free and fly events. Opting out of the splash n’ dash, Ikee took on the 100m free and 100m fly, where she easily snatched gold ahead of her competitors and did so in world-class fashion.

Already positioned 8th in the world this season with the 100m free time of 53.03 she produced at the Japan Swim back in April, Ikee cranked out another sub-54 second outing of 53.47 at Yokohama. That clocking sits among the teen’s top 5 performances and sets her up nicely as the one to beat headed into next month’s highly anticipated Asian Games. Only Asians Menghui Zhu of China and Siobhan Haughey of Hong Kong have been in Ikee’s range this year, owning season-best efforts of 53.40 and 53.86, respectively.

In terms of the upcoming Pan Pacs, Ikee’s time from the weekend would put up a fight against Simone Manuel and Mallory Comerford of America and would have finished 4th in last night’s U.S. Nationals final.

2017-2018 LCM WOMEN 100 FREE

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CAMPBELL
08/10
52.03
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CAMPBELL
AUS52.2704/09
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MANUEL
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4Sarah
SJOESTROEM
SWE52.6708/07
5Taylor
RUCK
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BLUME
DEN52.7206/30
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COMERFORD
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IKEE
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HEEMSKERK
NED53.2308/08
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Ikee is currently sitting as the #1 100m flyer in the world right now, even ahead of Olympic gold medalist and world record holder Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden. Ikee rocked a monster effort of 56.23 back at the Mare Nostrum Monaco stop, a time that would have taken bronze at last year’s World Championships. At the Kanto HS meet, Ikee scorched another sub-57 time of 56.50 to prove once again she is a major player among the world’s best heading into the final 2 years of the Olympic quad.

2017-2018 LCM WOMEN 100 FLY

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IKEE
08/11
56.08
2Sarah
SJOESTROEM
SWE56.1308/04
3Kelsi
DAHLIA
USA56.4408/11
4Emma
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AUS56.5408/11
5Madeline
GROVES
AUS57.1904/06
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Tate4

I read from social media that Haughey opt out of Asian Games.

bear drinks beer

Yes, she did. She was battling an injury.

SIMONE MANUELL FAN

Just want to point out that Ikee have competed very much this year while Sarah Sjostrom have been training for a long time now.

Swammer

This pic looked like Maya DiRado’s butterfly before I clicked on it 😃

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Loretta Race

Loretta grew up outside Toledo, OH, where she swam age group and high school. Graduating from Xavier University, she stayed in the Cincinnati, OH area and currently resides just outside the city in Northern KY.  Loretta got back into the sport of swimming via Masters and now competes and is …

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