Among the 12 Olympic Champions and 21 World Champions lined-up are James Magnussen (Australia), Katinka Hosszu (Hungary), Jessica Hardy (USA) Rūta Meilutytė (Lithuania), Nathan Adrian (USA), Fabien Gilot (France), and Jeanette Ottesen (Denmark).
Jessica Hardy won gold in the women’s 100 breast at Pan Pacs day 2. That race video and more here!
Nathan Adrian beat defending World Champ James Magnussen for the top seed in the men’s 100 free. Both men were flirting with the 48-second barrier this morning.
2014 Pan Pacific Championships Preview – Watanabe leads women’s breaststrokes with Americans, Aussies in tow
Japan’s Kanako Watanabe is among the top seeds in both women’s breaststrokes, leading very strong Japanese delegations in both.
Matt Grevers and Missy Franklin were the two highest-scoring swimmers at the 2014 U.S. National Championships.
Tom Shields accepting his medal next to a disappointed Phelps after beating the odds and taking home the gold in the 100m fly final. He also won the 200m fly final earlier despite also not being the favorite in that event.
Micah Lawrence and Jessica Hardy simultaneously won their second events of the meet, tying for the win at 1:06.51. Lawrence won the 200 breaststroke earlier in the meet and Hardy won the 50 breaststroke last night. The final was incredibly close, with the final four all within .23 seconds of each other.
Jessica Hardy of Trojan wrapped up the race with absolutely no issue with a winning time of 30.12 and got stronger…
Jessica Hardy pulled ahead towards the middle of the pool to separate herself from the other swimmers. She finished first with a new national meet record time of 30.12. That should add her to the World Championship Team roster in 2015.
Michael Phelps has held firm on his entry in the 100 backstroke for Saturday.
Breeja Larson is done with her yards career, and is the two time defending U.S. National Champion in the 100 meter breaststroke.
Justin James of Australia, pictured above, clocked a 2:03.61 to lead the qualifiers in the men’s 200 IM at Los Angeles Invitational.
Missy Franklin, Nathan Adrian, Anthony Ervin, Matt Grevers and Kosuke Kitajima are among the names on the loaded LA Invite psych sheets.
One of the highlights of the Swim Meet of Champions was a rising youngster who swam a pair of races that constituted a big step forward to perhaps becoming a Champion herself.
Azad Al-Barazi: “I still wanted to swim, and the only reason why is for the Syrian people, for the 140,000 plus people that died, 7,000 of them children. For the economic losses and for the 3 million homes destroyed…”