Josh Prenot Takes Down Kitajima’s 2010 Meet Record in 200 Breast Heats

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

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The Americans closed the last morning of the 2018 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships with Josh Prenot breaking the meet record in the 200 breast. The old record was held by Kosuke Kitajima from the 2010 meet in California at 2:08.36. Prenot swam a 2:08.02 to break the record.

The Americans will have five of the six top seeds tonight on the last night of finals at the Pan Pacs. The only event they won’t have lane four is the women’s 50 free with Australian Cate Campbell on top.

Prenot is ahead of fellow American Andrew Wilson who is second at 2:08.66. Those two were the only ones under 2:09, but the pace tonight could be much faster.

Australia’s Matthew Wilson (2:09.26), Japan’s Yasuhiro Koseki (2:09.27) and Ippei Watanabe (2:12.15) are all capable of going much faster in the final, and a 2:07 could be in order, maybe more than one.

Australia’s Zac Stubblety-Cook (2:11.52), Canada’s Eli Wall (2:13.44) and China’s Lin Yunsong (2:14.29) also placed in the top eight.

Notably, Chase Kalisz scratched the heats after winning golds already in the 200 and 400 IM.


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