Hali Flickinger Holds On For 200 Fly Gold at Pan Pacs

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

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American Hali Flickinger was slightly off her incredible 2:05 from the US Nationals a couple weeks ago, but it was good enough for the win as the 24-year-old won the 200 fly final at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships with a 2:07.35. Flickinger held off a hard charging Sachi Mochida in the final as the 19-year-old Japanese swimmers finished second at 2:07.66 in front of her home crowd.

The other American in the final was Katie Drabot who fell off pace a little bit the last 50 and finished with a bronze medal at 2:08.40. Both Flickinger and Drabot will get to represent Team USA again at the 2019 World Championships next year in South Korea.

Japan’s Suzuka Hasegawa (2:08.70) and Australia’s Laura Taylor (2:09.23) charged late but could not get on the podium with their swims.

Canada’s Mabel Zavaros (2:09.95), Danielle Hanus (2:11.34) and the Philippines’ Rosalee Santa Ana (2:22.69) also competed in the final.

2018 World Rankings:

  1. Alys Thomas, GBR, 2:05.45
  2. Hali Flickinger, USA, 2:05.87
  3. Laura Taylor, AUS, 2:06.80
  4. Mireia Belmonte, ESP, 2:07.09
  5. Boglarka Kapas, HUN, 2:07.13
  6. Katie Drabot, USA, 2:07.18
  7. Franziska Hentke, GER, 2:07.21
  8. Svetlana Chimrova, RUS, 2:07.33

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3 years ago

Congratulations to Hali!! ??

3 years ago

Local PA girl!!!

3 years ago


3 years ago
Reply to  Pat Laughlin

Watched her at Nationals! Impressive, keep it up!