World Record holder Ippei Watanabe and Pan Pacific Championshps gold medalist Yasihiro Koseki were neck-and-neck in a battle at the Kirara Cup this weekend.
Japan’s Naoki Mizunuma beat the men’s 50m fly field in South Australia, inserting himself into the world rankings in the process.
Yasuhiro Koseki is one of the contenders in the men’s 200 breast on day 4 of the Pan Pacific Championships.
Chase Kalisz will compete in the men’s 400 IM on day 1 of the Pan Pacific Championships.
The men’s distance races at Pan Pacs feature one swimmer whose event focus appears to be shifting and another whose performance has changed drastically with a shift in training mentality.
Jay Litherland will be back in action today at the Santa Clara Pro Swim after an impressive double last night with wins in the 400 IM and 200 free.
Despite coming within .02 of a second of her Japanese National Record and World Junior Record, Rikako Ikee fell just short of the strict Japanese Olympic-qualifying standard in the women’s 50m freestyle tonight.
We didn’t see any 100m freestyle Olympic qualifiers yesterday, but we’ll see if anyone can meet the stiff Japanese standards in the splash n’ dash today.
The two biggest show stoppers of the day were the Australian sprint due of Cate Campbell and James Magnussen…
Russian Vlad Morozov won the 100 freestyle at the World University Games in a stunning 47.62, the second fastest time in the world this year nine one-hundredths of a second behind James Magnussen
Sean Ryan of the United States has been biding his time through Open Water Nationals and the World Championship Trials, but unleashed at the World University Games. (Photo Credit: Tim Binning, theswimpictures)
The Russians took the top seed in three of the five prelims events on Thursday in Kazan. (Stock Photo: Tim Binning/TheSwimPictures.com)
Yana Martynova (picture courtesy of U of E Swim Team)
The Canadians, Russians, an Americans all got off to a hot start, and Russia may have gotten a boost for a Worlds gold in the 400 free relay. (Stock Photo: Tim Binning/TheSwimPictures.com)