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.
Start lists for the first day of Pan Pacs show a number of notable scratches, including third and fourth seeds Ariarne Titmus and Emma McKeon following up on their hints at dropping the 200 free, #3 400 IM seed Sydney Pickrem scratching all three of her events for Canada and American Caeleb Dressel opting out of the 100 breast.
Japan’s Yui Ohashi will look for an IM sweep in a set of Pan Pacs events that have seen major turnover from the 2014 edition.
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.
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Australian Olympic bronze medalist in the 200m free will be dropping the event from her Pan Pacs line-up.
Nathan Adrian (above) was also a captain at the 2017 World Championships and 2016 Olympic Games.
Michael Andrew will try for his 4th win of the week in the 50 free tonight.
As expected, fellow Olympic medalist Leah Smith was far ahead of the rest of the field in a 4:02.21 for 2nd
That means on top of the $7 million endorsement deal that Ledecky just signed with TYR, they’ll owe her another $10,000 as a prize for the Pro Swim Series.
CAMPIONATI NAZIONALI USA 2018 Mercoledì, 25 luglio – Domenica 29 luglio 2018 William Woollett Aquatics Centre, Irvine, CA Prelims 09:00…