2016 Junior Pan Pacs: Day 3 Prelims Live Recap

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Everything you need to follow along live with prelims of day three of the 2016 Junior Pan Pacs Championships. Hit refresh for the latest coverage.

Scheduled Events:

  • Women’s 400 Free
  • Men’s 400 Free
  • Women’s 100 Fly
  • Men’s 100 Fly
  • Women’s 200 Back
  • Men’s 200 Back

Women’s 400 Free:

China’s Li Bingjie set herself up for a potential third individual gold in prelims of the women’s 400 free. Li stopped the clock at a 4:09.99 to finish almost two full seconds ahead of the competition.

Australia’s Ariarne Titmus picked up the second place seed with a time of 4:11.78, followed closely by the USA’s Courtney Harnish and her time of 4:11.88.

USA teammate Joy Field stopped the clock at a 4:12.79 to return as tonight’s fourth place seed, while Australia’s Laura Taylor grabbed fifth with a 4:14.97.

The Canadian duo of Mary-Sophie Harvey and Olivia Anderson earned the sixth and seventh place seeds, respectively, with times of 4:15.77 and 4:16.94.

Liu Zixuan was eighth in prelims with a 4:17.66.

Due to the Junior Pan Pacific rules where only two members of a country’s team can make the final, Madison Homovich and Lauren Pitzer of the USA will spearhead the ‘B’ final after posting times of 4:12.96 and 4:15.97 respectively.

Men’s 400 Free:

The men’s 400 free preliminary heats were highlighted by four swimmers posting times within .62 seconds of one another, setting tonight’s ‘A’ final up for an exciting heat. Jacob Vincent of Australia delivered the top time of the morning, stopping the clock at a 3:54.30.

Close on Vincent’s heels was Andrew Abruzzo of the USA with a time of 3:54.39.

Canada’s Colin Gilbert and the USA’s Trey Freeman turned in times of 3:54.67 and 3:54.92 to return as third and fourth respectively.

Eli Winnington of Australia picked up the fifth place seed with a time of 3:55.44, followed by the Japanese duo of Atsuya Yoshida (3:56.27) and Tatsuki Shoike (3:57.54).

Canada’s Josh Zakala rounded out the ‘A’ final with a time of 3:58.12.

The top entry seed in the event belonged to the USA’s Sean Grieshop who will return as the top seed in the ‘B’ final with a time of 3:55.44. Teammate Robert Finke joins him with a 3:56.64.

Women’s 100 Fly:

Eva Merrell of the USA flirted with a sub-59 second swim in prelims of the women’s 100 fly. Merrell stopped the clock at a 59.08 to claim the top seed going into tonight’s finals.

Canada’s Rebecca Smith qualified close behind with a time of 59.20. Smith was followed to the wall by a battle for third between Australia’s Gemma Cooney and the USA’s Cassidy Bayer. Cooney got her hand to the wall first with a 59.80 over Bayer’s 59.85.

Margaret MacNeil of Canada returns as the fifth place seed for tonight’s finals with a time of 1:00.20, just ahead of Japan’s Inoha Yamakawa’s 1:00.31.

Singapore’s Jing Wen Quah (1:00.51) and Japan’s Chiharu Itsuka (1:00.67) complete the top eight qualifiers.

If a country could qualify more than two swimmers for the ‘A’ final, the USA’s Ruby Martin would have tied Quah for the seventh place seed.

Men’s 100 Fly:

The USA delivered a 1-2 punch in prelims of the men’s 100 fly, qualifying Cameron Craig and Noah Lense as the top two seeds. Craig stopped the clock at a 53.14 over Lense’s 53.16. The top seed going into prelims belonged to fellow American Ryan Hoffer who will return as swimmer in the ‘B’ final with a 53.83.

Japan’s Nao Horomura grabbed the third place seed with a time of 53.46, while teammate Yuya Sakamoto returns as fourth with a time of 53.97.

Jordan Brunt of Australia and Alex Perreault of Canada delivered close times for fifth and sixth respectively. Brunt turned in a time of 54.32 over Perrault’s 54.43. The two were followed closely to the wall by Singapore’s Dylan Koo’s 54.46.

Jacob Whale of Australia finished eighth in prelims with a 54.53.

Women’s 200 Back:

Lucie Nordmann soared ahead of the competition in prelims of the women’s 200 back, overturning the existing meet record of 2:09.68 set in 2010 by Sayaka Akase. Nordmann stopped the clock at a 2:09.59 to return as tonight’s top qualifier.

The Australian duo of Kaylee McKeown and Minna Atherton return as the second and third place seeds with times of 2:12.21 and 2:13.01 respectively.

The USA’S Erin Voss picked up the fourth place seed with a time of 2:13.39.

Japanese teammates Rio Shirai and Nagisa Izuhara grabbed fifth and sixth in prelims with times of 2:14.45 and 2:15.08.

Canada’s Lauren Crisp and New Zealand’s Le;so Boocock tied for seventh with matching times of 2:15.74.

Alex Walsh will lead the ‘B’ final with a qualifying time of 2:14.56, which would have put her sixth in the ‘A’ final could each country qualify more than one individual.

Men’s 200 Back:

Michael Taylor delivered the fastest time of the morning in prelims of the men’s 200 back with a time of 1:59.42. Taylor was the only swimmer to post a sub-2 minute swim and will look to add his second backstroke gold.

Teammate Austin Katz picked up the second place seed with a time of 2:01.83, distancing himself from Australia’s Leon Macallister’s 2:04.30 who returns as third.

Japan’s Shuto Endo grabbed fourth overall with a time of 2:04.76, just ahead of Canada’s Matthew Mac and his time of 2:04.89.

Mexico’s Andy Song finished sixth with a time of 2:04.97, while Bradley Woodward of Australia was seventh with a 2:05.34.

Josh Zakala of Canada turned in a time of 2:05.78 for eighth.

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