Japanese Swimming Adds Names To Pan Pacs, Asian Games Rosters

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

TOKYO, Japan, June 24. WITH several spots still available for Japan’s rosters for the Pan Pacific championships and Asian Games, swimmers put up some fast times at last weekend’s Japan Open. The result was a chance to represent their country internationally at one of two big meets later this year.

For the Pan Pacific championships, 13 men and 12 women were added to the roster to round out the squad of 22 named in April after the national championships. Some of the new names are in line to challenge for medals, while others will simply get vital international racing experience at the halfway point of the Olympic cycle.

One of the notable additions to both rosters is Kohei Yamamoto, who had swum fast enough at nationals in April to earn a spot on the international teams, but after breaking the national record in the 1500 freestyle last weekend, he gets to attend Pan Pacs and the Asian Games.

Men added to Pan Pacs roster
Ranmaru Harada (freestyle)
Akira Hirai (freestyle)
Sakimoto Hironari (breast)
Kenta Ito (freestyle)
Junya Koga (backstroke)
Hayate Matubara (backstroke)
Katsumi Nakamura (freestyle)
Yuta Oshikiri (breaststroke)
Masato Sakai (butterfly)
Reo Sakata (freestyle)
Naoya Tomita (breaststroke)
Syogo Takeda (freestyle)
Kohei Yamamoto (freestyle)

Men originally on Pan Pacs roster
Takuro Fujii
Hiromasa Fujimori
Takeharu Fujimori
Kosuke Hagino
Kenta Hirai
Hirofumi Ikebata
Ryosuke Irie
Yuki Kobori
Kazuki Kohinata
Yasuhiro Koseki
Takeshi Matsuda
Daiya Seto
Shinri Shioura

Women added to Pan Pacs roster
Sayaka Akase (backstroke)
Chihiro Igarashi (freestyle)
Marie Kamimura (backstroke)
Yayoi Matsumoto (freestyle)
Yasuko Miyamoto (freestyle)
Miyu Nakano (butterfly)
Rika Omoto (IM)
Miyu Otsuka (IM)
Shiho Sakai (backstroke)
Miho Takahashi (IM)
Aya Takano (freestyle)
Misaki Yamaguchi (freestyle)

Women originally on Pan Pacs roster Natsumi Hoshi
Rie Kaneto
Mio Motegi
Sakiko Shimizu
Satomi Suzuki
Miho Takahashi
Miyuki Takemura
Miki Uchida
Kanako Watanabe

For the Asian Games, which take place in mid-September, six additional men and 11 more women will travel to Korea.

Men added to Asian Games roster
Ranmaru Harada (freestyle)
Kenta Ito (freestyle)
Katsumi Nakamura (freestyle)
Naoya Tomita (breaststroke)
Syogo Takeda (freestyle)
Kohei Yamamoto (freestyle)

Men originally on Asian Games roster
Takuro Fujii
Hiromasa Fujimori
Kosuke Hagino
Kenta Hirai
Hirofumi Ikebata
Ryosuke Irie
Yuki Kobori
Junya Koga
Kazuki Kohinata
Yasuhiro Koseki
Takeshi Matsuda
Daiya Seto
Shinri Shioura

Women added to Asian Games roster
Sayaka Akase (backstroke)
Asami Chida (freestyle)
Chihiro Igarashi (freestyle)
Marie Kamimura (backstroke)
Yayoi Matsumoto (freestyle)
Yasuko Miyamoto (freestyle)
Miyu Nakano (butterfly)
Shiho Sakai (backstroke)
Aya Takano (freestyle)
Miho Takahashi (IM)
Misaki Yamaguchi (freestyle)

Women originally on Asian Games roster
Natsumi Hoshi
Rie Kaneto
Sakiko Shimizu
Satomi Suzuki
Miho Takahashi
Miyuki Takemura
Miki Uchida
Kanako Watanabe

Special thanks to Takahisa Ide for assistance in translations.

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Author: Jeff Commings

Jeff Commings is the host of several shows on SwimmingWorld.TV, including "The Morning Swim Show," which features interviews with people making headlines in aquatic sports. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism and was a nine-time NCAA All-American.

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