U.S. Breaks Girls 4×100 Free Relay Jr Pan Pacs Record in 3:37.99

by Spencer Penland 5

August 27th, 2022 International, News

2022 JUNIOR PAN PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIPS

GIRLS 4×100 METER FREESTYLE RELAY – TIMED FINALS

  • Jr World: 3:36.19 – Canada (T Ruck, P Oleksiak, R Smith, K Snachez) (2017)
  • Jr Pan Pac: 3:39.73 – (L McJannett, S Jack, S Taylor, C Gillett) (2014)

Podium:

  1. United States (Kayla Wilson, Anna MoeschErin GemmellAlex Shackell) – 3:37.99
  2. Australia (Olivia Wunsch, Hannah Casey, Jamie Perkins, Milla Jansen) – 3:39.04
  3. Canada (Lilly Daley, Ella Jansen, Kamryn Cannings, Christey Liang) – 3:40.90

Erin Gemmell seems to break a record every time she touches the pool in Honolulu at the 2022 Junior Pan Pacs this week. Having already broken Junior Pan Pacs Records in the girls 100 free, 200 free, 400 free, and 4×200 free relay this week, Gemmell helped the U.S. girls 4×100 free relay to victory tonight in yet another Championship Record, her 5th of the meet.

The U.S. team of Kayla Wilson, Anna Moesch, Gemmell, and Alex Shackell combined for a 3:37.99, shattering the previous Junior Pan Pacs Record of 3:39.73, which was set at the 2014 Championships by an Australian team featuring Shayna Jack. Wilson led the team off in a solid 54.78, then was followed with 54s from Moesch (54.44), Gemmell (54.29), and Shackell (54.48).

Here is a split comparison between the U.S. relay tonight and the previous record-holding relay from 2014:

Splits USA – 2022 Jr Pan Pacs Australia – 2014 Jr Pan Pacs
1st Leg Kayla Wilson (54.78) Lucy McJannett (55.07)
2nd Leg Anna Moesch (54.44) Shayna Jack (54.66)
3rd Leg Erin Gemmell (54.29) Sophie Taylor (55.67)
4th Leg Alex Shackell (54.48) Chelsea Gillett (54.33)
FINAL TIME 3:37.99 3:39.73

Australia’s 2014 relay was only faster on the anchor, where Chelsea Gillett was 0.15 seconds faster than Shackell was tonight. Notably, Moesch was a little slower tonight than she was on the anchor of the mixed 4×100 medley relay on Wednesday night, where she split 54.10.

The swimmers on this U.S. team had a fantastic night, as both Gemmell and Shackell won individual races earlier in the session. Gemmell kicked off this finals session with a victory in the 400 free, swimming a new JPP Record of 4:05.07. Shackell held on to win the girls 100 fly in 58.58.

Moesch, Wilson, and Gemmell are all slated to compete in the girls 50 free in tomorrow’s prelims. Shackell will be racing in the 200 IM.

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Mmswin
5 months ago

weird comment

Sherry Smit
5 months ago

Kayla Wilson is the one I’m watching out for these next couple years. She’s an amazing 100/200 freestyler, and is just hitting her stride with 54/1:58 performances.

This guy
5 months ago

54s across the board! Might see some of these names in Paris! Great swims

Kathleen Leslie
5 months ago

Great job Kayla!

Owlmando
5 months ago

54.2!!