2016 Junior Pan Pacs: Day 3 Finals Live Recap

1 May 2015; Michael Taylor, NCSA, on his way to winning the men'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 live with day three finals of the 2016 Junior Pan Pacs Championships. Hit refresh for the latest coverage.

Scheduled Events:

  • Women’s 400 Free FINAL
  • Men’s 400 Free FINAL
  • Women’s 100 Fly FINAL
  • Men’s 100 Fly FINAL
  • Women’s 200 Back FINAL
  • Men’s 200 Back FINAL
  • Women’s 4×100 Free Relay
  • Men’s 4×100 Free Relay

Women’s 400 Free FINAL:

China’s Li Bingjie picked up her third individual gold medal of the meet with a dominant win in the 400 free. Li jumped to an early lead and never let go, stopping the clock at a 4:07.52. With this third gold Li has swept the 200-400-800 free.

The USA’s Courtney Harnish and Australia’s Ariarne Titmus kept a tight race for silver, with Harnish getting her hand to the wall first at the end. Harnish touched in a 4:09.45 over Titmus’ 4:09.81.

The Canadian duo of Mary-Sophie Harvey and Olivia Anderson picked up fourth and fifth place respectively with times of 4:11.44 and 4:14.20.

Australia’s Laura Taylor finished close behind with a time of 4:14.29.

Joy Field of the USA touched seventh with a 4:17.08, while China’s Liu Zixuan was eighth with a 4:20.61.

Men’s 400 Free FINAL:

The men’s 400 free proved to be a tight race with the USA’s Andrew Abruzzo coming out on top. Abruzzo battled some strong competition from teammate Trey Freeman and Aussie teammates Jacob Vincent and Elijah Winnington. Abruzzo turned up the heat in the final 50 meters edge away from the competition and finish first with a 3:53.39.

Freeman picked up second with a time of 3:54.12, followed very closely by Vincent’s 3:54.14. Winnington picked up fourth place with a time of 3:54.94.

Atsuya Yoshida of Japan grabbed fifth place with a time of 3:55.31, just ahead of Canada’s Colin Gilbert’s 3:55.96.

Canadian teammate Josh Zakala finished seventh overall with a time of 3:57.83, while Japan’s Tasuki Shoike was eighth with a 3:58.83.

Women’s 100 Fly FINAL:

The podium for the women’s 100 fly came down to the touch as the USA’s Eva Merrell, Canada’s Rebecca Smith, and Australia’s Gemma Cooney powered to the finish in a line. At the touch it was Merrell, stopping the clock at a 58.78 to maintain her spot atop the leaderboard and flirt with the meet record of 58.68 set in 2012 by Noemie Thomas.

Smith finished a close second with a time of 58.84, while Cooney settled for third and a 58.97.

The USA’s Cassidy Bayer picked up fourth with a time of 59.07 to be the only other athlete to post a sub-minute time.

Canada’s Margaret MacNeil finished fifth overall with a time of 1:00.07, followed closely by Singapore’s Jing Wen Quah (1:00.38) and Japan’s Inoha Yamakawa (1:00.41).

Japan’s Chiharu Iitsuka grabbed eighth with a time of 1:00.45.

Men’s 100 Fly FINAL:

Cameron Craig of the USA led the ‘A’ final at the 50-meter mark of the men’s 100 fly final, but a fast charging Nao Horomura of Japan snuck past him in the final 25-meters for the gold. Horomura stopped the clock at a 52.61 over Craig’s 52.63.

Noah Lense of the USA turned in a 53.35 for third, followed closely by Australia’s Jordan Brunt (53.84) and Japan’s Yuya Nakamoto (53.87).

Canada’s Alexandre Perrault finished sixth overall with a 54.07, while Australia’s Jacob Whale grabbed seventh with a 54.60.

Dylan Koo of Singapore rounded out the top eight with a time of 54.94.

Women’s 200 Back FINAL:

Australia’s Minna Atherton jumped to the lead in the first 50 meters of the women’s 200 back, before the USA’s Lucie Nordmann, the new Junior Pan Pac meet record holder in this event, took over. But keeping up with the two leaders was Australia’s Kaylee McKeown who made her move in the final 50 meters of the race to sneak past Atherton and Nordmann for the win.

McKeown stopped the clock at a time of 2:10.01 over Norman’s 2:10.20. Atherton finished third overall with a final time of 2:10.53.

The USA’s Erin Voss turned in a time of 2:12.50 for fourth, just ahead of Japan’s Rio Shirai’s 2:12.95.

New Zealand’s Kelsi Boocock picked up sixth with a 2:15.08, while Japan’s Nagisa Izuhara (2:15.46) and Canada’s Lauren Crisp (2:15.52) completed the top eight.

Men’s 200 Back FINAL:

Michael Taylor of the USA jumped to a decisive lead early in the men’s 200 back and never looked back, powering to an almost two body length lead. Taylor stopped the clock at a 1:57.39, just shy of the Junior Pan Pac meet record of 1:57.20.

Teammate Austin Katz delivered a strong second place with a time of 1:59.91 to be the only other athlete under the 2-minute mark.

Canada’s Matthew Mac turned in a 2:02.15 for third, while Mexico’s Andy Song finished fourth with a 2:02.97.

Australia’s Leon Macallister grabbed fifth place with a time of 2:03.11, ahead of Japan’s Shuto Endo’s 2:04.85.

Josh Zakala of Canada picked up seventh with a 2:04.95 and eighth went to Australia’s Bradley Woodward (2:05.03).

Women’s 4×100 Free Relay:

The two teams from North America battled till the very finish for first in the women’s 400 free relay. Canada and the USA exchanged the lead multiple times, never straying far away from the other, until a strong final leg from Isabel Ivey of the USA finished the race. The USA’s  Grace Ariola (55.81), Lauren Pitzer (56.09), Eva Merrell (55.79), and Ivey (55.01) posted a final time of 3:42.70 for the win.

Canada’s relay team of Rebecca Smith (55.41), Mary-Sophie Harvey (55.82), Kayla Sanchez (56.34), and Sarah Darcel (55.27) were a close second at 3:42.84.

The race for third occurred between Australia and Japan, with Australia pulling ahead in the back half of the race to claim the bronze. Minna Atherton (56.70), Gemma Cooney (55.78), Kirrily Siebenhausen (56.73), and Julia Hawkins (56.16) stopped the clock at a time of 3:45.37.

Japan settled for fourth and a time of 3:46.84, just ahead of China’s 3:48.20.

Singapore (3:53.40), New Zealand (3:54.87), and Mexico (4:00.84) rounded out the top eight.

The USA, Canada, Japan, and Singapore each had ‘B’ relays that swam as well, with the USA (3:46.48) and Canada (3:49.99) that would have placed in the top eight.

Men’s 4×100 Free Relay:

The relay battles continued into the men’s 400 free relay, this time occurring between the USA and Australia.

Jack Cartwright got Australia off to a sizzling start, splitting a 49.15 over the USA’s Ryan Hoffer’s 50.17. Daniel Krueger dove in for the USA and succeeded in closing the gap with a split of 49.14, but it wasn’t enough to quite catch Louis Townsend (49.72), sending Elijah Winnington in with the lead.

Cameron Craig gained on Winnington, eventually over taking him with the fastest split of the evening–a 49.06 over Winnington’s 50.55. Matthew Wilson (50.23) put forth a valiant effort to try to catch Drew Kibler, but the young American powered to a 49.30 split and a final time of 3:17.67 for the USA.

The USA’s combined time of 3:17.67 overturned the existing Junior Pan Pac meet record of 3:18.67 set in 2012 by the USA.

Australia finished second overall with a time of 3:19.65.

The Canadian relay of Mehdi Ayoubi (50.76), Ian MacKinnon (50.53), Alexandre Perrault (51.02), and Stephen Calkins (50.03) finished third with a time of 3:22.34.

Japan turned in a combined 3:25.16 for fourth, just ahead of Mexico’s 3:29.69.

Singapore (3:30.35) and the Bahamas (3:33.06) rounded out the top finishers.

The USA (3:25.28), Canada (3:27.26), Japan (3:32.65), and Singapore (3:35.16) also had ‘B’ relays that swam.

2 comments

  1. avatar
    MJW

    Ruby Martin from the USA also posted a subminute time of 59.81 out of the B final of the 100 fly.

  2. avatar
    MJW

    Ruby Martin from the USA also posted a sub minute time of 59.81 out of the B final of the 100 fly.