Adam Peaty and the European breaststrokers would’ve swept the Pan Pacs in a dual meet scenario.
Katie McLaughlin uncorked a very impressive 1:55.47 relay split for the Americans on the 800 free relay in Tokyo.
Ariarne Titmus led the Australian women to a new Commonwealth Record in the women’s 4×200 free relay.
Japan’s Yui Ohashi is the heavy favorite for the women’s 400 IM victory, while World Champion Chase Kalisz battles Japanese Olympic champion Kosuke Hagino in the men’s race.
Katie Ledecky broke her own meet record to win gold in the women’s 800 free at the Pan Pacific Championships.
Rikako Ikee lowered her own 200 free Asian Record to win silver at the Pan Pacific Championships.
Taylor Ruck lowered her own Canadian Record to win the women’s 200 free in Tokyo.
Ariarne Titmus broke the Oceanian and Australian Records in the women’s 800 freestyle at the Pan Pacific Championships.
Chase Kalisz will compete in the men’s 400 IM on day 1 of the Pan Pacific Championships.
In her first race of the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships, Katie Ledecky lowered the meet record in 200 free prelims by over half a second.
Keep tabs on our running discipline-by-discipline previews for the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships below:
Australia (4×1 free) and the U.S. (4×1 medley) are already world record-holders, and the American 4×2 could also have a shot at a world record in Tokyo.
While our preview of the 200 and 400 frees focused on challengers to world power Katie Ledecky (mostly in the 200), the 800 and 1500 are a more familiar story for Ledecky: total domination.
Once the exciting young upstart looking to upset the world’s elite, Katie Ledecky is now the veteran presence looking to quell an uprising of young international talent in the women’s 200 free.
With USA Swimming selecting its 2019 World Championships roster based on combined results of 2018 Nationals and 2018 Pan Pacs, this week’s Pan Pacific Championships’ meet-within-a-meet will be the competition between U.S. swimmers for top-2 billing in each event.