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IRVINE, California, August 18. USA's Allison Schmitt dominated the women's 200 free by more than a second with a triumphant time at the Pan Pacific Championships.
Schmitt turned in a sterling time of 1:56.10, lowering her second-fastest time in the world of 1:56.23 set during prelims. The win gave the U.S. its third straight win in the event at Pan Pacs as Katie Hoff (1:58.02) and Lindsay Mintenko (1:58.74) won in 2006 and 2002, respectively.
Teammate Morgan Scroggy captured second-place honors with a 1:57.13, while Australia's Blair Evans finished third in 1:57.27.
A team has gone 1-2 in a women's 200 free final just three previous Pan Pacs, all three by way of the U.S. Carrie Steinseifer and Mary Wayte finished 1-2 in 1985, while Mitzi Tighe and Susie Baumer took the top two in 1987. Nicole Haislett and Janet Evans also went 1-2 in 1991.
Olympic gold medalist Dana Vollmer cruised in the B final with a winning time of 1:56.47. That moved her to third in the world heading with only Federica Pellegrini (1:55.45) and Schmitt ahead of her. That also gave the U.S. the top three times of the night.
Australia's Kylie Palmer placed fourth in 1:57.50, while Japan's Haruka Ueda finished fifth in 1:57.89. Canada's Genevieve Saumur posted a sixth-place 1:58.20, while New Zealand's Tash Hind (1:58.80) and Canada's Barbara Jardin (1:58.98) completed the top eight.
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