Cate Campbell anchored the Australians in 50.93, the fastest female freestyle leg in history, as they won gold in the 400 mixed medley relay in a new Commonwealth Record.
Katie Ledecky won 2 of the 11 American medals from day 1 of the meet, including gold in a championship record in the 800 free.
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.
It’s 2-time World Champion Chase Kalisz of the USA vs. Japanese stars Kosuke Hagino and Daiya Seto for the IM titles.
Ryan Murphy is in position to sweep the men’s backstroke events at the Pan Pacific Championships.
Coming before the individual events of all legs but the 100 breast, the mixed medley relay will set each federation up for some tricky ‘blind’ lineup decisions as the U.S. chases its own world record and Australia closes in on the Americans.
The Americans should battle Brazil for the men’s 4×100 free relay gold… but we don’t know who will be on the American team. Even the status of 2017 World champ Caeleb Dressel (pictured) is in the wind.
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“This is very, very important..this meet (the Pan Pacs)….for the next two years,” says St. Peters Western coach Dean Boxall.
La campionessa del mondo Emily Seebohm non parteciperà al collegiale di allenamento in Australia che si terrà a Cairns questa settimana….
World champion Emily Seebohm is notably absent from Australia’s training camp taking place in Cairns this week, part of a one-month series of team training stints leading up to this summer’s Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo.
Members of the Australian Dolphins Swim Team training in Cairns will soon swap the pool for the coral covered ocean as they explore the outer Reef on a Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef expedition on Saturday July 21.
More than three-quarters of voters expressed confidence that the Americans would keep their historic levels of dominance in the men’s 100 backstroke, with no other country getting more than 11% of the total votes.
Lilly King highlights the women’s 100 breast field on the final night of the Columbus Pro Swim Series.
Aussie Mitch Larin has found his groove again since moving back to St. Peters Western, claiming his 4th invidiual title of these Pan Pacific Trials.