The 2014 Pan Pac Championships are complete, and with all medals counted, the Americans have come away with 40 total medals, including 14 gold, to once again lead the medals table.
Those 40 medals come out of a maximum 62 winnable medals. While that shows a good density of success, the medal total was down from the last edition of this meet in 2010. There, the Americans won 25 golds, 15 silvers, and 7 bronze medals for 47 total in the pool – including many more golds.
That’s equally as illustrative of the improved depth of Japan, and an Australian team that is heading toward a peak, plus an American team that was heavily reliant on rookies and other relative newcomers.
Of the United States’ 14 medals, 9 came from the women’s team and 5 were won by their men. The overall counts were split pretty evenly, with 21 for the women and 19 for the men.
The United States has topped the medals table at Pan Pacs every year since 1999, when the Australians led by Susie O’Neill, Ian Thorpe, Michael Klim, Grant Hackett, and Simon Cowley won 13 gold medals to the Americans’ 12.