2016 Junior Pan Pacs: Day 1 Finals Live Recap

1 May 2015; Lucie Nordmann, NCSA, on her way to winning the women's 100m Backstroke event during the 2015 Irish Open Swimming Championships at the National Aquatic Centre, Abbotstown, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
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Everything you need to follow along with finals of day one of the 2016 Junior Pan Pacs. Hit refresh for all the latest coverage.

Scheduled Events: 

  • Women’s 200 Free FINAL
  • Men’s 200 Free FINAL
  • Women’s 100 Back FINAL
  • Men’s 100 Back FINAL
  • Women’s 200 Fly FINAL
  • Men’s 200 Fly FINAL
  • Women’s 800 Free FINAL
  • Men’s 1500 Free FINAL

2016 Junior Pan Pacific Championships, Day 1 Finals – Results

Women’s 200 Free FINAL:

China’s Li Bingjie maintained her spot atop the competition board in finals of the women’s 200 free. Li battled some strong competition from Canada’s Rebecca Smith but was able to hold her speed at the end for first and a time of 1:58.23. Smith picked up second with a time of 1:58.90.

Finishing right on the heels of Smith was Isabel Ivey of the USA, stopping the clock at a 1:58.94 to scratch 1.02 seconds off her prelims time of 1:59.96.

A trio of 1:59’s highlighted the middle of the finalists with Mary-Sophie Harvey of Canada leading the charge with a 1:59.48.

The USA’s Lauren Pitzer and Australia’s Ariarne Titmus kept a tight race, finishing a slim .07 seconds apart with times of 1:59.83 and 1:59.90 respectively.

China’s Liu Zixuan picked up seventh with a time of 2:00.24, just ahead of Japan’s Rio Shirai’s 2:01.94.

Men’s 200 Free FINAL:

The men’s 200 free final was highlighted by the Australian duo of Jack Cartwright and Louis Townsend. The two held a tight race, finishing a shy .05 seconds apart. At the end it was Cartwright who got his hand to the wall first touching in a time of 1:47.68 in Junior Pan Pac record-fashion. His time takes down the former record of 1:48.29 set in 2014 by Townley Haas.

Townsend finished a close second with a 1:47.73, touching more than a second ahead of the competition.

The USA’s Drew Kibler turned in a time of 1:49.04 for the bronze, shaving .77 seconds off his prelims time of 1:49.81.

Juran Mizohata of Japan and Sean Grieshop of the USA battled to the finish, posting times .22 seconds apart. Mizohata won out with a final 1:51.20 for fourth over Grieshop’s 1:51.42.

Canadian teammates Ian MacKinnon and Brian Palaschuk finished sixth and seventh respectively with times of 1:51.96 and 1:52.22.

Tomoya Takeuchi of Japan rounded out the top eight with a 1:52.57.

Women’s 100 Back FINAL [UPDDATED]:

The women’s 100 back proved to be a race to the finish with Australia’s Minna Atherton and the USA’s Lucie Nordmann battling to the very touch. While Atherton touched .10 seconds ahead of Nordmann with a 1:00.45 to Nordmann’s 1:00.55, the young Aussie was disqualified for having her toes in the gutter on the start.

Atherton’s disqualification was later overturned earning her the gold and a new Junior Pan Pacs meet record, moving Nordmann to second.

Atherton’s overturned DQ moves her Aussie teammate Kaylee McKeown to third with a final time of 1:01.01, just ahead of the USA’s Alex Walsh and her time of 1:01.10.

Canada’s Danielle Hanus and Ingrid Wilm picked up the fifth and sixth place spots with times of 1:01.81 and 1:02.06 respectively.

Coming off an eighth place finish in the 200 free, Japan’s Rio Shirai delivered a 1:02.16 for seventh.

New Zealand’s Gabrielle Fa’Amausili finished eighth overall with a 1:02.39.

Men’s 100 Back FINAL:

The USA continued to reign the men’s 100 back final with a 1-2 finish. Michael Taylor jumped to an early and decisive lead, holding off teammate Cameron Craig who gained considerable ground on Taylor in the finish. Taylor stopped the clock at a 54.21 for the gold, while Craig earned silver with a 54.74.

Australia’s Leon MacCallister finished third overall with a 56.14, just ahead of Mexico’s Andy Song and his final time of 56.85.

The Canadian duo of Tai Long Singh and Matthew Mac finished fifth and sixth respectively with close times of 57.05 and 57.17.

Australia’s Bradley Woodward picked up seventh with a 57.64 and Singapore’s Francis Fong (58.52) was eighth.

Women’s 200 Fly FINAL:

Cassidy Bayer of the USA surged ahead of the competition in finals of the women’s 200 fly and never looked back. The young star had a solid lead built when she turned at the 100 and did nothing but build upon her lead as she continued towards the finish, stopping the clock at a 2:08.48 and a new Junior Pan Pacs meet record. Bayer’s time takes down the former record of 2:09.02 set by Japan’s Haruno Ito in 2014.

Australia’s Laura Taylor finished second overall with a 2:12.20, just ahead of Japan’s Maia Nishimura and her time of 2:12.97.

The USA’s Ruby Martin entered tonight’s final as the top seed but slipped to an unfortunate fourth, adding more than a second to her prelims time to finish with a 2:12.99.

Japan’s Anna Sasaki took fifth overall with a 2:13.09, while the Canadian duo of Mabel Zavaros (2:14.00) and Sarah Darcell (2:14.12) held a tight race for sixth and seventh.

Eighth went to Jing Wen Quah and her time of 2:16.81.

Men’s 200 Fly FINAL:

Finals of the men’s 200 fly were highlighted by Japanese duo of Nao Horomura and Yuya Sakamoto who turned in a pair of 1:57’s for a 1-2 finish. Horomura took first with a 1:57.01 over Nakamoto’s 1:57.90.

The USA followed with a duo of their own for the third and fourth place finishes. Sam Pomajevich took a decisive third with a 1:58.22, while teammate Will Riggs picked up fourth with a 2:00.26.

Australia’s Jacob Whale finished fifth overall with a time of 2:00.47, while Canada’s Colin Gilbert picked up sixth with a 2:01.57.

Lewis Clareburt of New Zealand grabbed seventh with a 2:03.56 and Singapore’s Donovan Lee was eighth with a 2:05.03.

Women’s 800 Free FINAL:

Not long after topping the competition in the women’s 200 free final Li Bingjie was back in the water for the women’s 800 free. Li turned in a time of 8:28.12 to secure a second gold medal in her first day at the 2016 Junior Pan Pacs.

Picking up second was Joy Field of the USA with a final time of 8:31.21, dropping a sizzling 4.85 seconds off her entry time of 8:36.06.

The large time drops kept happening with Canada’s Olivia Anderson scraping 5.50 seconds off her entry time to finish third with a time of 8:32.84, while the USA’s Madison Homovich shaved off 3.31 seconds for fourth and a final 8:36.66.

Australia’s Ariarne Titmus picked up fifth place with a time of 8:37.50.

The USA’s Erica Sullivan turned in a time of 8:42.75 for sixth, just ahead of Japan’s Aoi Nakamura’s 8:43.45.

Mikayla Messer of Australia completed the top eight with a final 8:44.72.

Men’s 1500 Free FINAL:

Robert Finke of the USA jumped to an early lead in the men’s 1500 free final and never looked back, finishing more than fifteen seconds ahead of the competition with a final 15:05.29 and soaring past the Junior Pan Pacs meet record of 15:10.07 set in 2014 by Australia’s Mack Horton.

Teammate Andrew Abruzzo picked up the silver medal with a final time of 15:20.62, also distancing himself from the competition by close to seven seconds.

Japan’s Atsuya Yoshida finished third overall with a 15:27.61, while Australia’s Jacob Vincent grabbed fourth with a 15:30.10.

The field narrowed slightly as Japan’s Koki Takahashi and Australia’s Nathan Robinson posted times less than two seconds apart for fifth and sixth respectively. Takahashi stopped the clock at a 15:37.01 over Robinson’s 15:38.99.

Canada’s Josh Zakala (15:40.45) and Australia’s Max Osborn (15:42.93) rounded out the top eight.

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  1. avatar
    Aunt Kate & Uncle Richie

    Andrew You are amazing. The hard work and dedication to the sport is overwhelming. To watch. We love you and are so proud of you. Good luck!