Pan Pacific Championships, Results: Katie Ledecky Trounces Pan Pacs Record in 200 Free

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GOLD COAST, Australia, August 21. SHORTLY after Missy Franklin clipped the Pan Pacific record in the B final (see below), USA’s Katie Ledecky came along and dropped the time even more with a blazing 1:55.74 to win the 200-meter freestyle at Pan Pacs.  That swim lowered Franklin’s meet record of 1:56.04, and nearly beat Laure Manaudou’s 2007 Australia All-Comers record of 1:55.52.

It’s not the same level of speed as Ledecky had at U.S. Nationals, where she moved to second in the world with a 1:55.16, but it was all she needed to easily win the Pan Pacs title.

Australia’s Bronte Barratt charged to silver with a 1:57.22, off her 13th-ranked season best of 1:56.61 from the Australian Nationals.  USA’s Shannon Vreeland took bronze in 1:57.38.

Australia’s Melanie Schlanger (1:57.39), Canada’s Samantha Cheverton (1:58.96), Japan’s Chihiro Igarashi (1:59.08), China’s Zhang Sishi (1:59.29) and Japan’s Yasuki Miyamoto (1:59.94) also swam in the A final.

A Final Results

  1 LEDECKY, KATIE   17 UNITED STATES     1:56.45    1:55.74P  930  
    r:+0.68  27.49        56.61 (29.12)
        1:26.10 (29.49)     1:55.74 (29.64)
  2 BARRATT, BRONTE  25 AUSTRALIA         1:57.65    1:57.22   895  
    r:+0.68  27.72        57.27 (29.55)
        1:27.68 (30.41)     1:57.22 (29.54)
  3 VREELAND, SHANN  22 UNITED STATES     1:57.40    1:57.38   891  
    r:+0.78  27.72        57.17 (29.45)
        1:27.40 (30.23)     1:57.38 (29.98)
  4 SCHLANGER, MELA  27 AUSTRALIA         1:57.16    1:57.39   891  
    r:+0.74  27.43        57.12 (29.69)
        1:27.39 (30.27)     1:57.39 (30.00)
  5 CHEVERTON, SAMA  26 CANADA            1:58.80    1:58.96   856  
    r:+0.70  28.24        58.35 (30.11)
        1:28.48 (30.13)     1:58.96 (30.48)
  6 IGARASHI, CHIHI  19 JAPAN             1:59.96    1:59.08   854  
    r:+0.67  27.76        58.23 (30.47)
        1:28.77 (30.54)     1:59.08 (30.31)
  7 ZHANG, SISHI     20 CHINA             1:59.45    1:59.29   849  
    r:+0.68  27.86        57.97 (30.11)
        1:28.85 (30.88)     1:59.29 (30.44)
  8 MIYAMOTO, YASUK  19 JAPAN             2:00.17    1:59.94   835  
    r:+0.76  27.93        58.53 (30.60)
        1:29.27 (30.74)     1:59.94 (30.67)

Missy Franklin definitely showed signs of having completely shaken off her back spasm issues with a sterling 1:56.04 during the B final.  That swim lowered the Pan Pacs record of 1:56.10 set by Allison Schmitt when she won the event in 2010.  It’s also faster than Franklin’s season best of 1:56.40 and moved her to seventh in the world. Her time also would have placed her second in the A final if she had made it through this morning.

Australia’s Emma McKeon finished second in 1:57.21 with Hong Kong’s Camille Cheng taking third in 1:58.99.

Canada’s Alyson Ackman (1:59.25), New Zealand’s Samantha Lucie-Smith (2:00.75), Japan’s Aya Takano (2:00.90), Hong Kong’s Hang Yu Sze (2:02.65) and Canada’s Tabitha Baumann (2:03.25) also swam in the consolation heat.

B Final Results

  9 FRANKLIN, MISSY  19 UNITED STATES     1:57.63    1:56.04P  922  
    r:+0.77  27.32        56.64 (29.32)
        1:26.07 (29.43)     1:56.04 (29.97)
 10 MCKEON, EMMA     20 AUSTRALIA         1:57.87    1:57.21   895  
    r:+0.77  27.55        57.44 (29.89)
        1:27.37 (29.93)     1:57.21 (29.84)
 11 CHENG, CAMILLE   21 HONG KONG         2:00.66    1:58.99   855  
    r:+0.68  27.25        57.07 (29.82)
        1:27.58 (30.51)     1:58.99 (31.41)
 12 ACKMAN, ALYSON   21 CANADA            2:00.43    1:59.25   850  
    r:+0.63  27.91        57.82 (29.91)
        1:28.38 (30.56)     1:59.25 (30.87)
 13 LUCIE-SMITH, SA  22 NEW ZEALAND       2:00.52    2:00.75   819  
    r:+0.75  28.41        58.96 (30.55)
        1:30.31 (31.35)     2:00.75 (30.44)
 14 TAKANO, AYA      20 JAPAN             2:00.93    2:00.90   816  
    r:+0.74  28.66        59.60 (30.94)
        1:30.65 (31.05)     2:00.90 (30.25)
 15 SZE, HANG YU     26 HONG KONG         2:02.93    2:02.65   781  
    r:+0.69  28.28        59.56 (31.28)
        1:31.57 (32.01)     2:02.65 (31.08)
 16 BAUMANN, TABITH  19 CANADA            2:02.79    2:03.25   770  
    r:+0.71  28.87      1:00.03 (31.16)
        1:32.22 (32.19)     2:03.25 (31.03)

 

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Author: Jason Marsteller

Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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