Rikako Ikee, Miho Teramura Break Meet Records On Third Morning at Pan Pacific Swimming Championships

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The third morning of the 2018 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships saw two meet records fall in the short six event session. The heats of the 400 free, 100 fly and 200 IM went off on Friday morning in Tokyo and two meet records fell.

The Japanese duo of Rikako Ikee (100 fly) and Miho Teramura (200 IM) set the Pan Pac meet records to start the second half of the meet. Both swimmers could drop more time in the final and could get some pressure from the Australian and American swimmers around them.

Americans Katie LedeckyZane GrotheCaeleb Dressel and Chase Kalisz also have the top seeded times heading into the third night of action.


Women’s 400 Free

Katie Ledecky continued her winning ways in the 400 free heats on Saturday morning in Tokyo with a 4:02.57 to snag the top seed in the final tonight.

She is followed by two of the best middle distance freestylers in the world in American Leah Smith (4:04.91) and Australian Ariarne Titmus (4:06.47). All three swimmers are capable of swimming close to a 4:01 and it should be a fast final.

Only two swimmers per country in the final so that means Ally McHugh (4:08.72), who had a great prelim swim, will go in the B-Final.

Australia’s Madeline Gough is the second Australian in the field at 4:09.09. The Australians are having a great meet, despite this being their second major meet of the summer after the Commonwealth Games in April.

Canada’s Emily Overholt (4:10.58), Japan’s Waka Kobori (4:10.78), Canada’s Kennedy Goss (4:13.00) and Japan’s Chihiro Igarashi (4:13.14) will also compete in the final tonight.


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Men’s 400 Free

Zane Grothe of the United States has had a great meet so far at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Tokyo. Grothe was second in the 1500 in a huge lifetime best on the first day of the meet, and followed that up with a solid 400 free heat swim on day three. Grothe went a 3:45.32 in the 400 free as he has the top seed ahead of Australia’s Jack McLoughlin (3:45.41) and Mack Horton (3:47.75).

This was Grothe’s second best time ever behind his 3:44.43 from last summer’s Nationals.

Grothe will be joined in the final by fellow American Grant Shoults (3:48.23) as Conor Dwyer (3:48.60) had a pretty good morning swim placing fifth overall. Dwyer will swim in the B-Final.

Australia’s Elijah Winnington will also be regulated to the B-Final after he had a 3:49.27 morning swim.

Japan’s Naito Ehara (3:50.17), Brazil’s Fernando Scheffer (3:51.78), Japan’s Shogo Takeda (3:52.23) and Wesley Roberts of the Cook Islands (3:54.08) qualified for the A-Final.


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Women’s 100 Fly

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.


Men’s 100 Fly

Americans Caeleb Dressel (51.69) and Jack Conger (51.76) qualified for the 100 fly on the penultimate morning in the pool at the 2018 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships on Saturday morning in Tokyo. They are definitely medal favorites as they look they have more in the tank left for the final tonight.

Brazil’s Vini Lanza (51.98) is the third seed ahead of Australia’s Grant Irvine (51.99). Brazil does not have a huge squad in Tokyo but has a couple medals thanks to Joao Gomes in the 100 breast and Leonardo de Deus in the 200 fly. The Brazilians have swum well in this meet and could pick up another medal from Lanza tonight.

American Michael Andrew was outside the top two and will swim in the B-Final tonight with his 51.99 this morning.

Japan’s Yuki Kobori (52.23), Brazil’s Iago Moussalem (52.27), Australia’s David Morgan (52.47) and Japan’s Yuya Yajima (52.86) will also swim in the final as the two-per-country rule did not hit too deep here. Yajima was only tenth place this morning so it should be a very competitive final.


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Women’s 200 IM

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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Men’s 200 IM

Chase Kalisz cruised to the 200 IM top seed on Saturday morning in Tokyo at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships. Kalisz set himself up for another duel with Japanese superstar Kosuke Hagino after Kalisz got the upper hand in the 400 IM final on the first night. Kalisz swam a 1:57.07 in the 200 IM heats and Hagino is second with a 1:57.60.

Abrham DeVine is the third seed at 1:58.45 and will be the second American through to the final, finishing well ahead of Jay Litherland. 200 free silver medalist Andrew Seliskar was disqualified in the prelims and he will not advance.

Australia’s Clyde Lewis (1:58.47), Japan’s Daiya Seto (1:58.50) and Australia’s Mitch Larkin (1:59.48) will also swim in the final and could compete for the bronze medal. Seto may be the odds on favorite to win the bronze after Kalisz and Hagino but Larkin has been a 1:57.67 already this season at the Commonwealth Games.

Brazil’s Leonardo Santos (2:00.25) and New Zealand’s Lewis Clareburt (2:00.92) also will advance to the final.


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