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IRVINE, California, August 20. WITH Australian youngster Yolane Kukla setting the early pace with a 26.76 at the 50 (under world-record pace), USA's Dana Vollmer had to turn on the jets down the stretch to capture the women's 100 fly – and that's just what she did at the Pan Pacific Championships.
Vollmer blazed through the backhalf with a final 57.56 for the win, while teammate Christine Magnuson took second in 57.95. Vollmer has been faster this year with a third-ranked 57.39 in July, while Magnuson is tied with Sarah Sjostrom for the top-ranked time with matching 57.32s. Vollmer returned the Pan Pac title to the U.S. after Australia's Jessicah Schipper (57.30) took the title in 2006. Natalie Coughlin captured the 2002 title in 57.88.
Australia's Alicia Coutts finished third overall to complete the podium with a 57.99, while Kukla faded to fourth in 58.22 as both moved into the top 15 in the world.
Japan's Yuka Kato (58.75), Canada's Katerine Savard (58.92), Canada's Audrey Lacroix (59.22) and Japan's Tomoyo Fukuda (59.35) also swam in the finale.
Schipper provided some outside smoke in the B final with a 58.26 to win from lane eight. That effort bettered her previous season best of 58.41 set at the Australian Nationals in March.
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