Miho Teramura Sneaks Under 200 IM Meet Record in Pan Pac Prelims

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Japan’s Miho Teramura broke the second meet record of the day on the third morning of the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Tokyo. Teramura followed in the footsteps of teammate Rikako Ikee who broke the twelve-year-old meet record in the 100 fly, taking down the legendary Australian Jessicah Schipper’s meet record from 2006.

Teramura swam a 2:09.86 in the 200 IM heats, breaking the meet record of 2:09.93 by Maya DiRado from 2014 and Emily Seebohm from 2010.

Teramura is ahead of Canada’s Sydney Pickrem (2:10.07) and Japan’s Yui Ohashi (2:10.23), who both reached the final at the World Championships last summer, with Ohashi winning the silver medal.

The Americans will have Ella Eastin (2:10.25) and Melanie Margalis (2:11.18) in the final tonight. Those two pushed out 2018 National Champion Kathleen Baker out of the final. Baker was sixth at 2:11.26, but was the third fastest American. Eastin has recovered from mononucleosis and is in contention to win her first major international medal on Saturday night in Tokyo.

Canada’s Kelsey Wog (2:12.62), Peru’s McKenna DeBever (2:17.78) and the Philippine’s Chloe Isleta (2:19.39) will also compete in the final tonight.

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