Photo Courtesy: Kristin Karkoska
MAUI, Hawaii, August 22. THE psych sheet has been released for the 2014 Junior Pan Pacific Championships, which kick off next Wednesday and conclude August 31 at the Kihei Aquatic Center in Maui.
Some of the top young swimmers in the United States, Australia, Japan, Canada, China, Mexico, New Zealand and other countries will be in attendance, and the Americans are looking very strong on the psych sheet.
American swimmers are seeded first in every event but the women’s 200 fly (Haruno Ito – Japan), men’s 1500 free (Zheng Kaimin – China), women’s 50 and 100 free (Shayna Jack – Australia), women’s 400 free (Tamsin Cook – Australia), women’s 100 fly (Christina Licciardi – Australia), women’s 200 back (Anna Konishi – Japan), women’s 200 IM (Hiroko Makino – Japan) and women’s 200 breast (Runa Imai – Japan).
Two Americans, Townley Haas and Andrew Seliskar, have the opportunity to win several gold medals next week. Haas is seeded first in four freestyle events — the 100 free (49.69), 200 free (1:48.75), 400 free (3:51.99) and 800 free (8:01.82) after winning four junior titles this summer, while Seliskar is the top seed in the 200 fly (1:56.42), 400 IM (4:16.73) and 200 IM (1:59.84).
Prelims begin each day at 3pm ET, while finals start at 11pm ET. The 10K open water event will be held August 31 at 2pm ET.