Katie McLaughlin uncorked a very impressive 1:55.47 relay split for the Americans on the 800 free relay in Tokyo.
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.
Chase Kalisz will compete in the men’s 400 IM on day 1 of the Pan Pacific Championships.
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.
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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After winning 2 of the stroke 50s so far to qualify for Worlds and qualifying for Pan Pacs as he won the 100 breast, Michael Andrew will battle World champ Caeleb Dressel in the 50 free.
Note that this roster is not official, but is SwimSwam’s projected roster based on the qualifying criteria and procedures from USA Swimming.
Michael Andrew will try for his 4th win of the week in the 50 free tonight.
After setting the 100 back World Record last night, Kathleen Baker is slated to take on the 200 IM today against Olympic medalist Melanie Margalis.
Despite being in recovery from mono, Eastin will have a shot at making an international team Sunday night in finals.
Olympian Simone Manuel will race on the fifth and final day of the 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships.
The 100 back includes World Record holder and Olympic champion Ryan Murphy, 100 back Olympic champ Matt Grevers, Worlds 50 backstroker Justin Ress, Olympic backstroker Jacob Pebley, and Harvard standout Dean Farris in his first ever long course nationals final.