Our SwimSwam Awards for the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships recognized some of the top stars and races from last week’s competition.
La Canadienne Taylor RUCK devançait l’Américaine Katie Ledecky sur le 200 nage libre.
Rikako Ikee comes in as the favorite in the women’s 100 fly on day 3 of the Pan Pacific Championships
Caeleb Dressel races for the win and a Worlds spot in the men’s 100 free tonight.
Townley Haas produced the 3rd-fastest relay leg in history as the U.S. men won gold in the 4×200 free relay.
After an upset gold on day 1 in the 200 freestyle, Taylor Ruck will compete in both the 100 free and 100 back on day 2 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.
Though Caeleb Dressel has already swum at this meet, taking on the 200 free prelims and helping the U.S. to bronze in the mixed medley relay, this is the first of his main events this meet.
Zach Apple earned himself a 2019 Worlds relay spot in the 200 freestyle, avenging a Nationals DQ and bumping Jack Conger off that relay. Meanwhile Zane Grothe passed up Robert Finke for both the Pan Pacs silver medal and the 2019 Worlds spot in the 1500.
One of the most anticipated races tonight is the men’s 400 IM, which will feature World Champion Chase Kalisz, Olympic Champion Kosuke Hagino, and Olympic medalist Daiya Seto.
Chase Kalisz will compete in the men’s 400 IM on day 1 of the Pan Pacific Championships.
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.
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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