Rikako Ikee Breaks 100 Fly Meet Record In Prelims at Pan Pacs

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Japan’s Rikako Ikee has had a pretty solid 2018, breaking Japanese records left and right. On Saturday morning in Tokyo, Ikee did not break a Japanese record, but she did break the Pan Pac meet record in the 100 fly with a 56.90, breaking the 2006 record of Jessicah Schipper at 57.30.

Ikee is seeded first ahead of American Kelsi Dahlia (57.36) and Australian Emma McKeon (57.99) who are both capable of a 56. All three swimmers have been a 56 this season already.

Canada’s Rebecca Smith (58.13) and USA’s Mallory Comerford (58.23) also qualified for the A-Final. Comerford beat out Katie McLaughlin for the second American spot as the latter was sixth at 58.34 and will swim in the B-Final.

Australia’s Brianna Throssell (58.47), Japan’s Ai Soma (58.70) and Canada’s Danielle Hanus (59.69) also qualified for the A-Final.

Notably, Australia’s Maddie Groves pulled out of the heats due to an injured elbow she sustained last night.

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