Phoebe Bacon Breaks Meet Record On First Morning Of Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships

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The first morning of the 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships from Fiji was almost like an American intrasquad meet. The United States will have every top seed tonight for finals and every second seed except one. This could be a record setting medal haul for the Americans.

A meet record has already fallen to the likes of team captain Phoebe Bacon in the 100 back. She became the first swimmer at the meet to break a minute in the 100 back, lowering the old record that was held by Australian Minna Atherton from 2016.

Gianluca Urlando also had a big morning with his 200 fly. Drew Kibler, Destin LascoClaire Tuggle and Olivia Carter are the other top seeds for tonight’s finals.

The finals will start at 1 a.m. EST.

This meet is a great glimpse of what the future of swimming in the United States, Australia, Canada and Japan will look like and you can read about our revisit to the 2014 meet here.

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Women’s 200 Free

The Americans have the top two seeds for the 200 free final with 14-year-old Claire Tuggle (1:59.36) and 18-year-old Isabel Ivey (1:59.69) breaking two minutes in the heats to start off the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships. The third swimmer to break two minutes was Australian Lani Pallister (1:59.75) who will be the third seed for the finals.

Tuggle is still chasing the NAG record for the 13-14 age group at 1:58.53 from Sippy Woodhead back in 1978. Tuggle’s best time is a 1:58.59 from Nationals earlier this summer. Ivey’s best time is a 1:58.94 from the Junior Pan Pacs in 2016.

The rules for Junior Pan Pacs are the same as they are in the senior meet as the top two swimmers from each country will represent them in the final. Each country can enter as many swimmers as they want but only two are allowed to swim in the A-Final.

Japan’s Nagisa Ikemoto (2:00.32), Australia’s Eliza King (2:00.98), New Zealand’s Erika Fairweather (2:02.11), Canada’s Ainsley McMurray (2:02.97) and Japan’s Miyu Namba (2:03.01) also qualified for the A-Final.

 Event 1  Women 200 LC Meter Freestyle
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     Jr World: W 1:56.12  08/20/2014Shen Duo, CHN
  Jr. Pan Pac: M 1:57.73  01/08/2009Dagny Knutson, U.S.A.
    Name           Year Team                 Seed    Prelims  FINA       
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                         === Round 1 ===                          
 
  1 TUGGLE, Claire   04 USA-US-           1:58.59    1:59.36  q848  
    r:+0.68  27.95        57.97 (30.02)
        1:28.76 (30.79)     1:59.36 (30.60)
  2 IVEY, Isabel     00 USA-US-           1:58.99    1:59.69  q841  
    r:+0.75  27.84        57.52 (29.68)
        1:28.03 (30.51)     1:59.69 (31.66)
  3 PALLISTER, Lani  02 Australia-        1:59.37    1:59.75  q839  
    r:+0.68  27.54        58.02 (30.48)
        1:28.78 (30.76)     1:59.75 (30.97)
  4 IKEMOTO, Nagisa  02 Japan-            1:59.53    2:00.32  q827  
    r:+0.62  27.85        58.17 (30.32)
        1:28.75 (30.58)     2:00.32 (31.57)
  5 KING, Eliza      01 Australia-        2:02.13    2:00.98  q814  
    r:+0.54  27.99        58.34 (30.35)
        1:29.55 (31.21)     2:00.98 (31.43)
  6 Fairweather, Er  03 New Zealand-      2:02.56    2:02.11  q792  
    r:+0.66  28.60        59.47 (30.87)
        1:31.26 (31.79)     2:02.11 (30.85)
  7 MCMURRAY, Ainsl  00 Canada-           2:00.86    2:02.97  q775  
    r:+0.73  28.82        59.62 (30.80)
        1:31.34 (31.72)     2:02.97 (31.63)
  8 NAMBA, Miyu      02 Japan-            2:01.16    2:03.01  q774  
    r:+0.73  29.37      1:00.56 (31.19)
        1:32.42 (31.86)     2:03.01 (30.59)

Men’s 200 Free

The Americans have the top two seeds in the men’s 200 free as well with team captain Drew Kibler on top at 1:48.37. Jake Magahey is the second seed at 1:48.65 as they were the only A-finalists under 1:50 in the prelim heats.

Kibler was a little off his best time of 1:47.74 from Nationals this summer, but Magahey lowered his best time from a 1:49.45 from Nationals.

The Americans had two other swimmers under 1:50 in the heats in Carson Foster (1:49.07) and Dare Rose (1:49.65), but they will swim in the B-Final since only two per country can swim in the A-Final. But the United States’ 4×200 free relay is looking pretty good for tomorrow night.

New Zealand’s Zac Reid (1:50.06) is the third seed while Japan’s Keisuke Ishizaki (1:50.13) is fourth.

Japan’s Taikan Tanaka (1:505), Australia’s Ashton Brinkworth (1:50.97), Silas Harris (1:51.32) and Canada’s Justin Konik (1:52.64) also qualified for the A-Final.

 Event 2  Men 200 LC Meter Freestyle
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     Jr World: W 1:46.40  08/24/2017Ivan Girev, RUS
  Jr. Pan Pac: M 1:47.68  08/24/2016Jack CARTWRIGHT, Australia
    Name           Year Team                 Seed    Prelims  FINA       
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                         === Round 1 ===                          
 
  1 KIBLER, Drew     00 USA-US-           1:47.74    1:48.37  q833  
    r:+0.59  24.96        52.07 (27.11)
        1:20.26 (28.19)     1:48.37 (28.11)
  2 MAGAHEY, Jake    01 USA-US-           1:49.45    1:48.65  q827  
    r:+0.66  25.48        52.80 (27.32)
        1:20.94 (28.14)     1:48.65 (27.71)
  3 Reid, Zac        00 New Zealand-      1:50.35    1:50.06  q795  
    r:+0.69  25.98        53.58 (27.60)
        1:21.80 (28.22)     1:50.06 (28.26)
  4 ISHIZAKI, Keisu  00 Japan-            1:49.33    1:50.13  q794  
    r:+0.62  25.56        53.21 (27.65)
        1:21.75 (28.54)     1:50.13 (28.38)
  5 TANAKA, Taikan   01 Japan-            1:50.49    1:50.55  q785  
    r:+0.59  25.31        53.02 (27.71)
        1:21.61 (28.59)     1:50.55 (28.94)
  6 BRINKWORTH, Ash  00 Australia-        1:51.11    1:50.97  q776  
    r:+0.65  25.48        53.56 (28.08)
        1:22.22 (28.66)     1:50.97 (28.75)
  7 HARRIS, Silas    01 Australia-        1:52.15    1:51.32  q769  
    r:+0.73  25.77        53.64 (27.87)
        1:22.53 (28.89)     1:51.32 (28.79)
  8 KONIK, Justin    00 Canada-           1:51.67    1:52.64  q742  
    r:+0.74  26.30        54.74 (28.44)
        1:24.29 (29.55)     1:52.64 (28.35)

Women’s 100 Back

American Phoebe Bacon was the only one to break a minute in the 100 back heats on Thursday morning at the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Fiji. Bacon is well ahead of the rest of the field with her 59.72 morning swim. Bacon broke the meet record as she was the first swimmer to break a minute in the 100 back at the Junior Pan Pac meet, breaking Minna Atherton’s meet record of 1:00.45 from 2016.

Bacon is ahead of Katharine Berkoff and Lucie Nordmann (1:00.30) from the United States who tied for second. Only two swimmers per country can swim in the final so it is unclear who will be the second American in the final behind Bacon.

Bacon was a little off her best time of 59.12 from Nationals earlier this summer while Berkoff (59.77) and Nordmann (1:00.16) also added from their personal bests.

The other two Americans finished ahead of the next fastest swimmer as Alex Walsh (1:00.56) will swim in the B-Final and Isabelle Stadden (1:00.60) will not have a chance to swim again. This shows how deep the United States is currently in backstroke.

The rest of the final will be Canada’s Madison Broad (1:01.79), Maude Boily-Dufour (1:02.36), New Zealand’s Gina Galloway (1:02.66), Australia’s Tahlia Thornton (1:03.02), Japan’s Hikaru Yamasaki (1:03.09) and China’s Li Tianyao (1:03.62).

 Event 3  Women 100 LC Meter Backstroke
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     Jr World: W   58.83  07/28/2018Regan Smith, USA
  Jr. Pan Pac: M 1:00.45  08/24/2016Minna ATHERTON, Australia
    Name           Year Team                 Seed    Prelims  FINA       
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                         === Round 1 ===                          
 
  1 BACON, Phoebe    02 USA-US-             59.12      59.72M q921  
    r:+0.64  29.13        59.72 (30.59)
  2 BERKOFF, Kathar  01 USA-US-             59.77    1:00.30M q895  
    r:+0.59  28.82      1:00.30 (31.48)
  2 NORDMANN, Lucie  00 USA-US-           1:00.62    1:00.30M q895  
    r:+0.59  29.13      1:00.30 (31.17)
  3 BROAD, Madison   00 Canada-           1:00.63    1:01.79  q832  
    r:+0.71  29.76      1:01.79 (32.03)
  4 BOILY-DUFOUR, M  00 Canada-           1:02.08    1:02.36  q809  
    r:+0.64  29.98      1:02.36 (32.38)
  5 Galloway, Gina   01 New Zealand-      1:02.25    1:02.66  q798  
    r:+0.59  30.12      1:02.66 (32.54)
  6 THORNTON, Tahli  03 Australia-        1:02.83    1:03.02  q784  
    r:+0.60  30.42      1:03.02 (32.60)
  7 YAMASAKI, Hikar  00 Japan-            1:01.75    1:03.09  q781  
    r:+0.59  30.44      1:03.09 (32.65)
  8 LI, Tianyao      01 China-            1:02.80    1:03.62  q762  
    r:+0.58  31.01      1:03.62 (32.61)

Men’s 100 Back

For the fourth event in a row, the Americans have the top two seeds with Destin Lasco (55.57) and Adam Chaney (55.89) sitting on top of the heats of the 100 back on the first morning of the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Fiji. Lasco was slightly off his best of 55.52 from Nationals but he will have a chance to go faster tonight. Chaney broke 56 for the first time with his swim as he was a 56.02 from Nationals.

The next two Americans also broke 56 but they will have to swim in the B-Final as Tim Connery (55.94) and Peter Larson (55.98) swam lifetime bests in the heats.

Canada’s Tyler Wall (56.15) had a big drop to get the third seed as he could play spoiler in the American party. Japan’s Daiki Yanagawa (56.61), Australia’s Stuart Swinburn (57.02), Lewis Blackburn (57.06), Canada’s Cole Pratt (57.15) and Japan’s Riku Matsuyama (57.16) will round out the A-Final tonight.

The meet record doesn’t look to be challenged as Jack Conger set that back in 2012 at 54.07 in his backstroke days.

 Event 4  Men 100 LC Meter Backstroke
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     Jr World: W 52.97  04/23/2018Kliment Kolesnikov, RUS
  Jr. Pan Pac: M 54.07  08/23/2012Jack CONGER, USA
    Name           Year Team                 Seed    Prelims  FINA       
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                         === Round 1 ===                          
 
  1 LASCO, Destin    01 USA-US-             55.52      55.57  q812  
    r:+0.64  27.21        55.57 (28.36)
  2 CHANEY, Adam     02 USA-US-             56.02      55.89  q798  
    r:+0.61  27.18        55.89 (28.71)
  3 WALL, Tyler      01 Canada-             56.97      56.15  q787  
    r:+0.56  27.23        56.15 (28.92)
  4 YANAGAWA, Daiki  02 Japan-              56.55      56.61  q768  
    r:+0.60  27.39        56.61 (29.22)
  5 SWINBURN, Stuar  01 Australia-          56.65      57.02  q751  
    r:+0.54  27.81        57.02 (29.21)
  6 BLACKBURN, Lewi  00 Australia-          56.21      57.06  q750  
    r:+0.65  28.23        57.06 (28.83)
  7 PRATT, Cole      02 Canada-             56.51      57.15  q746  
    r:+0.72  28.04        57.15 (29.11)
  8 MATSUYAMA, Riku  01 Japan-              56.32      57.16  q746  
    r:+0.53  27.58        57.16 (29.58)

Women’s 200 Fly

Olivia Carter of the United States and Karin Takemura are the top two seeds for the 200 fly final as this was the first event that a non-American placed in the top two in the prelims at the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships. Carter posted a 2:10.39 and Takemura is second at 2:10.70 as they are the only two under 2:11 in the heats.

The other American in the final will be Lillie Nordmann (2:11.43) who was a little off her seed time. Japan came to play in the 200 fly as Mana Naito (2:11.72) is the fourth seed.

The Americans didn’t dominate the women’s 200 fly like every other event with Lindsay Looney (2:11.98) getting the B-Final spot just ahead of Japan’s Chiho Mizuguchi (2:12.25).

The rest of the A-Final was a ways back behind the top four with China’s Liu Jing (2:13.98), Australia’s Kara Svenson (2:14.28), Michaela Ryan (2:14.28) and Canada’s Victoria Kwan (2:15.69) getting in the final.

 Event 5  Women 200 LC Meter Butterfly
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     Jr World: W 2:06.29  04/15/2017Suzuka Hasegawa, JPN
  Jr. Pan Pac: M 2:08.48  08/24/2016Cassidy BAYER, USA-US
    Name           Year Team                 Seed    Prelims  FINA       
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                         === Round 1 ===                          
 
  1 CARTER, Olivia   00 USA-US-           2:09.40    2:10.39  q815  
    r:+0.67  29.42      1:02.59 (33.17)
        1:36.51 (33.92)     2:10.39 (33.88)
  2 TAKEMURA, Karin  01 Japan-            2:10.43    2:10.70  q809  
    r:+0.63  29.64      1:03.14 (33.50)
        1:37.14 (34.00)     2:10.70 (33.56)
  3 NORDMANN, Lilli  02 USA-US-           2:10.30    2:11.43  q796  
    r:+0.70  29.70      1:03.27 (33.57)
        1:37.30 (34.03)     2:11.43 (34.13)
  4 NAITO, Mana      03 Japan-            2:11.70    2:11.72  q790  
    r:+0.69  29.34      1:02.71 (33.37)
        1:36.97 (34.26)     2:11.72 (34.75)
  5 LIU, Jing        00 China-            2:11.50    2:13.98  q751  
    r:+0.51  29.79      1:03.64 (33.85)
        1:38.67 (35.03)     2:13.98 (35.31)
  6 SVENSON, Kara    01 Australia-        2:13.97    2:14.28  q746  
    r:+0.54  29.86      1:04.28 (34.42)
        1:39.65 (35.37)     2:14.28 (34.63)
  6 RYAN, Michaela   02 Australia-        2:10.51    2:14.28  q746  
    r:+0.72  29.51      1:03.72 (34.21)
        1:38.75 (35.03)     2:14.28 (35.53)
  8 KWAN, Victoria   00 Canada-           2:12.48    2:15.69  q723  
    r:+0.67  30.68      1:04.89 (34.21)
        1:39.84 (34.95)     2:15.69 (35.85)

Men’s 200 Fly

The Americans showed off their impressive depth once again in the men’s 200 fly with Gianluca Urlando (1:56.37) and Van Mathias (1:56.89) moving on to the A-Final. The 200 fly field in the United States is very crowded right now with a number of guys going 1:55’s and 1:56’s this summer. Although they still have some work to do with Hungary’s Kristof Milak on top of the world rankings with a 1:52.71 from earlier in the year.

Urlando shocked everybody when the junior to be in high school finished third in the 200 fly at Nationals and almost qualified for the senior Pan Pac team. His time this morning was faster than what Justin Wright and Jack Conger swam in the finals at Pan Pacs, so Urlando is definitely one to watch for the next couple years.

Mathias also had a very good swim, lowering his personal best from a 1:58.68. Mathias dropped almost two full seconds. Both Americans have a chance to take down Andrew Seliskar’s meet record of 1:55.92 from 2014.

The next two Americans under two minutes were Sterling Crane (1:59.79) and Dare Rose (1:59.83) as no other swimmers in the heats broke two minutes.

Japan’s best were Aito Yamaguchi (2:00.36) and Tomoru Honda (2:00.44) as they are seeded third and fourth for the final tonight.

Canada’s Cole Pratt (2:02.15), Australia’s Shaun Champion (2:02.92), New Zealand’s Lochlainn O’Connor (2:03.25) and Canada’s Joshua Liendo (2:05.55) round out the rest of the A-Final.

 Event 6  Men 200 LC Meter Butterfly
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     Jr World: W 1:53.79  06/30/2017Kristof Milak, HUN
  Jr. Pan Pac: M 1:55.92  08/27/2014Andrew Seliskar, USA
    Name           Year Team                 Seed    Prelims  FINA       
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                         === Round 1 ===                          
 
  1 URLANDO, Gianlu  02 USA-US-           1:55.21    1:56.37  q879  
    r:+0.71  25.74        54.52 (28.78)
        1:24.38 (29.86)     1:56.37 (31.99)
  2 MATHIAS, Van     00 USA-US-           1:58.68    1:56.89  q868  
    r:+0.73  26.30        55.71 (29.41)
        1:26.21 (30.50)     1:56.89 (30.68)
  3 YAMAGUCHI, Aito  01 Japan-            1:58.77    2:00.36  q795  
    r:+0.63  26.94        57.78 (30.84)
        1:29.83 (32.05)     2:00.36 (30.53)
  4 HONDA, Tomoru    01 Japan-            1:58.09    2:00.44  q793  
    r:+0.65  27.36        57.88 (30.52)
        1:29.45 (31.57)     2:00.44 (30.99)
  5 PRATT, Cole      02 Canada-           2:01.62    2:02.15  q760  
    r:+0.68  27.77        59.14 (31.37)
        1:31.06 (31.92)     2:02.15 (31.09)
  6 CHAMPION, Shaun  00 Australia-        2:05.11    2:02.92  q746  
    r:+0.61  27.08        57.72 (30.64)
        1:29.49 (31.77)     2:02.92 (33.43)
  7 O'Connor, Lochl  00 New Zealand-      2:04.20    2:03.25  q740  
    r:+0.65  27.06        58.66 (31.60)
        1:31.02 (32.36)     2:03.25 (32.23)
  8 LIENDO, Joshua   02 Canada-           2:03.57    2:05.55  q700  
    r:+0.61  27.55        59.47 (31.92)
        1:32.22 (32.75)     2:05.55 (33.33)