Walsh, Urlando and Roy Breeze To Top Seeds On Windy Last Day of Junior Pan Pacs

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The final day of the 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships was a windy and rainy one as the weather got the best of the swimmers competing. It wasn’t a very fast session with a lot of swimmers adding to their best times. It didn’t help that it was the last morning of the meet, but the swimmers should be much better tonight if the weather is optimal.

The Americans have three of the top seeds coming back tonight with Alex WalshGianluca Urlando and Daniel Roy leading the way for Team USA. Australia will have two top seeds with Natasha Ramsden and Ashton Brinkworth coming back while Japan will have Shiori Asaba leading the way in the 200 breast.

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Women’s 200 IM

The Americans Alex Walsh (2:14.44) and Allie Raab (2:15.83) posted the top two times and will advance to the A-Final in the 200 IM on Sunday morning at the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships.

Raab finished ahead of Claire Tuggle (2:16.40) and Olivia Carter (2:17.82) as those two will swim in the B-Final for the 200 IM.

Walsh was well off her 2:11 from Nationals but she could challenge the meet record of 2:10.79 by Dagny Knutson from 2009.

Japan’s Karin Takemura (2:17.60) and China’s Li Tianyao (2:17.97) are third and fourth and are the favorites to fight for the bronze medal.

Japan’s Mei Ishihara (2:15.51) and Canada’s Bailey Herbert (2:19.11) were off their seed times but could also challenge for a medal.

Canada’s Victoria Kwan (2:19.80) and Australia’s Jenna Forrester (2:21.26) also qualified for the final.

 Event 26  Women 200 LC Meter IM
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     Jr World: W 2:09.98  01/29/2017Rikako Ikee, JPN
  Jr. Pan Pac: M 2:10.79  01/11/2009Dagny Knutson, U.S.A.
    Name           Year Team                 Seed    Prelims  FINA       
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                         === Round 1 ===                          
 
  1 WALSH, Alex      01 USA-US-           2:11.83    2:14.44  q825  
    r:+0.82  29.01      1:03.18 (34.17)
        1:42.09 (38.91)     2:14.44 (32.35)
  2 RAAB, Allie      00 USA-US-           2:15.25    2:15.83  q800  
    r:+0.65  29.75      1:05.61 (35.86)
        1:43.66 (38.05)     2:15.83 (32.17)
  3 TAKEMURA, Karin  01 Japan-            2:15.38    2:17.60  q770  
    r:+0.52  29.38      1:04.32 (34.94)
        1:45.39 (41.07)     2:17.60 (32.21)
  4 LI, Tianyao      01 China-            2:17.80    2:17.97  q763  
    r:+0.64  30.36      1:04.44 (34.08)
        1:46.73 (42.29)     2:17.97 (31.24)
  5 HERBERT, Bailey  02 Canada-           2:16.43    2:19.11  q745  
    r:+0.70  30.10      1:06.61 (36.51)
        1:45.86 (39.25)     2:19.11 (33.25)
  6 KWAN, Victoria   00 Canada-           2:17.56    2:19.80  q734  
    r:+0.67  30.13      1:06.07 (35.94)
        1:46.80 (40.73)     2:19.80 (33.00)
  7 ISHIHARA, Mei    02 Japan-            2:15.51    2:19.86  q733  
    r:+0.73  29.39      1:04.78 (35.39)
        1:46.24 (41.46)     2:19.86 (33.62)
  8 FORRESTER, Jenna 03 Australia-        2:17.09    2:21.26  q711  
             30.37      1:06.50 (36.13)
        1:48.06 (41.56)     2:21.26 (33.20)

Men’s 200 IM

Two of the most talented 16-year-olds the United States has to offer, Gianluca Urlando (2:01.42) and Carson Foster (2:01.57) posted the top two times in the 200 IM on the final day of the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships.

Both Foster and Urlando were faster at Nationals. Those two finished ahead of the other American Jake Foster (2:03.06) who swam the third fastest time of the morning. Urlando would have qualified for the A-Final in the 400 IM earlier in the meet but was disqualified in the morning, allowing Jake Foster to get the second American spot in the final. That allowed the Foster brothers to go 1-2 in the 400 IM on night two.

The official third seed will be Masayuki Otake (2:03.32) of Japan, who beat out his teammate Shinnosuke Aso (2:04.73).

Australia’s Se-Bom Lee (2:05.33), Canada’s Cole Pratt (2:05.43), Finlay Knox (2:05.80) and Australia’s Brendon Smith (2:06.84) also qualified for the final.

 Event 27  Men 200 LC Meter IM
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     Jr World: W 1:57.06  07/27/2017Qin Haiyang, CHN
  Jr. Pan Pac: M 1:59.51  08/26/2012Chase KALISZ, USA
    Name           Year Team                 Seed    Prelims  FINA       
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                         === Round 1 ===                          
 
  1 URLANDO, Gianlu  02 USA-US-           2:00.62    2:01.42  q827  
    r:+0.70  26.19        57.79 (31.60)
        1:32.13 (34.34)     2:01.42 (29.29)
  2 FOSTER, Carson   01 USA-US-           1:59.45    2:01.57  q824  
    r:+0.66  26.14        56.76 (30.62)
        1:32.62 (35.86)     2:01.57 (28.95)
  3 OTAKE, Masayuki  00 Japan-            2:00.00    2:03.32  q789  
    r:+0.64  26.82        57.70 (30.88)
        1:34.44 (36.74)     2:03.32 (28.88)
  4 ASO, Shinnosuke  02 Japan-            2:03.49    2:04.73  q763  
    r:+0.65  26.82        58.73 (31.91)
        1:34.81 (36.08)     2:04.73 (29.92)
  5 LEE, Se-Bom      01 Australia-        2:03.76    2:05.33  q752  
    r:+0.47  27.26        58.61 (31.35)
        1:35.47 (36.86)     2:05.33 (29.86)
  6 PRATT, Cole      02 Canada-           2:04.03    2:05.43  q750  
    r:+0.63  26.74        58.46 (31.72)
        1:36.01 (37.55)     2:05.43 (29.42)
  7 KNOX, Finlay     01 Canada-           2:03.73    2:05.80  q744  
    r:+0.64  27.21        59.94 (32.73)
        1:35.96 (36.02)     2:05.80 (29.84)
  8 SMITH, Brendon   00 Australia-        2:03.56    2:06.84  q726  
    r:+0.65  27.50        59.45 (31.95)
        1:37.50 (38.05)     2:06.84 (29.34)

Women’s 50 Free

Australia got a top seed with Natasha Ramsden in the 50 free heats. Ramsden swam a 25.73 to get the top seed ahead of Americans Maxine Parker (25.73) and Gretchen Walsh (25.80).

The third American was Lucie Nordmann (26.09) who will swim in the B-Final. Australia’s Eliza King (25.90) is the fourth seed and she was the last swimmer to break 26 in the prelims.

All the top four seeds were above their seed times as the rainy, windy weather has played a big factor in the swims on Sunday morning in Fiji. If the weather clears out, the swimmers could be in for some time drops as we approach finals.

Japan’s Nagisa Ikemoto (26.17), Canada’s Ainsley McMurray (26.20), Maggie MacNeil (26.47) and New Zealand’s Chelsey Edwards (26.56) also qualified for the final.

 Event 28  Women 50 LC Meter Freestyle
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     Jr World: W 24.33  09/16/2017Rikako Ikee, JPN
  Jr. Pan Pac: M 24.74  08/29/2010Yolane Kukla, Australia
    Name           Year Team                 Seed    Prelims  FINA       
==================================================================
                         === Round 1 ===                          
 
  1 RAMSDEN, Natasha 00 Australia-          25.37      25.72  q785  
         r:+0.65                       
  2 PARKER, Maxine   02 USA-US-             25.29      25.73  q784  
         r:+0.69                       
  3 WALSH, Gretchen  03 USA-US-             25.03      25.80  q778  
         r:+0.59                       
  4 KING, Eliza      01 Australia-          25.45      25.90  q769  
         r:+0.66                       
  5 IKEMOTO, Nagisa  02 Japan-              25.75      26.17  q745  
         r:+0.69                       
  6 MCMURRAY, Ainsley00 Canada-             26.06      26.20  q743  
         r:+0.74                       
  7 MACNEIL, Maggie  00 Canada-             26.08      26.47  q720  
         r:+0.69                       
  8 Edwards, Chelsey 01 New Zealand-        26.06      26.56  q713  
         r:+0.63

Men’s 50 Free

Australia’s sprinting genes showed on the last morning of the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships with Ashton Brinkworth (22.68) posting the top time in the 50 free. This came just minutes after Natasha Ramsden posted the top 50 free time in the women’s event.

Brinkworth is ahead of American Drew Kibler (22.91) and New Zealand’s Michael Pickett (22.99) who were the only two other swimmers to break 23 in the heats. Kibler moved up to 33rd all-time in the 17-18 age group, tying Michael Arnold, who swam at the University of Georgia.

The other American advancing to the final was Adam Chaney (23.16) who came in to the meet with the top time in the event. Chaney finished ahead of Destin Lasco (23.47) who will swim in the B-Final.

Singapore got an A-finalist with Mikkel Lee (23.48) as he has been the only A-finalist for the Singaporeans this week in Fiji. He was seventh in the 100 free two nights ago.

Australia’s Joseph Jackson (23.52), Japan’s Taikan Tanaka (23.59) and Canada’ Joshua Liendo (23.67) also qualified for the A-Final.

 Event 29  Men 50 LC Meter Freestyle
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     Jr World: W 21.75  08/25/2017Michael Andrew, USA
  Jr. Pan Pac: M 22.20  08/30/2014Paul Powers, USA
    Name           Year Team                 Seed    Prelims  FINA       
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                         === Round 1 ===                          
 
  1 BRINKWORTH, Ash  00 Australia-          22.66      22.68  q783  
         r:+0.62                       
  2 KIBLER, Drew     00 USA-US-             22.92      22.91  q760  
         r:+0.60                       
  3 Pickett, Michael 02 New Zealand-        23.08      22.99  q752  
         r:+0.59                       
  4 CHANEY, Adam     02 USA-US-             22.52      23.16  q735  
         r:+0.69                       
  5 Lee, Mikkel Jun  02 SGP-                23.14      23.48  q706  
         r:+0.59                       
  6 JACKSON, Joseph  00 Australia-          23.30      23.52  q702  
         r:+0.63                       
  7 TANAKA, Taikan   01 Japan-              23.36      23.59  q696  
         r:+0.55                       
  8 LIENDO, Joshua   02 Canada-             23.36      23.67  q689  
         r:+0.68

Women’s 200 Breast

Japan got the top two seeds in the 200 breast with Shiori Asaba (2:29.00) and Honoka Tatsumu (2:29.14) taking lane four and five for tonight’s final. They are slightly ahead of American Ella Nelson (2:29.59) and Canadian Nina Kucheran (2:29.66). Those four swimmers were the only swimmers to break 2:30 in the heats.

Asaba and Nelson came in to the meet with 2:25 seed times, which is not far off the meet record held by American Zoe Bartel from 2016 at 2:25.46. The weather has been poor this morning in Fiji and it is clearly affecting the swimmers in the water. Hopefully the weather can clear out so the swimmers have optimal conditions for finals.

Australia’s Georgia Powell (2:30.21), Canada’s Avery Wiseman (2:30.81), USA’s Allie Raab (2:31.24) and Australia’s Tara Kinder (2:32.16) also will swim in the final.

 Event 30  Women 200 LC Meter Breaststroke
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     Jr World: W 2:19.64  08/30/2015Viktoria Gunes, TUR
  Jr. Pan Pac: M 2:25.46  08/27/2016Zoe BARTEL, USA-US
    Name           Year Team                 Seed    Prelims  FINA       
==================================================================
                         === Round 1 ===                          
 
  1 ASABA, Shiori    00 Japan-            2:25.55    2:29.00  q813  
    r:+0.75  33.87      1:11.29 (37.42)
        1:50.18 (38.89)     2:29.00 (38.82)
  2 TATSUMU, Honoka  04 Japan-            2:28.44    2:29.14  q811  
    r:+0.56  34.80      1:12.79 (37.99)
        1:51.31 (38.52)     2:29.14 (37.83)
  3 NELSON, Ella     01 USA-US-           2:25.98    2:29.59  q804  
    r:+0.71  34.48      1:11.85 (37.37)
        1:49.96 (38.11)     2:29.59 (39.63)
  4 KUCHERAN, Nina   00 Canada-           2:28.19    2:29.66  q803  
    r:+0.66  34.23      1:12.13 (37.90)
        1:50.71 (38.58)     2:29.66 (38.95)
  5 POWELL, Georgia  02 Australia-        2:30.68    2:30.21  q794  
    r:+0.70  34.24      1:12.28 (38.04)
        1:51.08 (38.80)     2:30.21 (39.13)
  6 WISEMAN, Avery   02 Canada-           2:28.20    2:30.81  q784  
    r:+0.71  34.20      1:12.32 (38.12)
        1:51.37 (39.05)     2:30.81 (39.44)
  7 RAAB, Allie      00 USA-US-           2:27.47    2:31.24  q778  
    r:+0.64  34.87      1:13.37 (38.50)
        1:52.14 (38.77)     2:31.24 (39.10)
  8 KINDER, Tara     03 Australia-        2:30.52    2:32.16  q764  
    r:+0.70  34.89      1:13.32 (38.43)
        1:52.34 (39.02)     2:32.16 (39.82)

Men’s 200 Breast

The Americans will have the top two seeds in the 200 breast with Daniel Roy (2:12.63) and AJ Pouch (2:13.21) cruising to first and second on the last morning of the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Fiji.

Pouch was able to hold off AJ Bornstein (2:15.42) and Jake Foster (2:16.35) who are 10th and 11th in the B-Final. Foster was coming off of the 200 IM earlier in the session. Both Roy and Pouch have been faster this summer.

Japan’s Shoma Sato (2:13.78) and Yamato Fukasawa (2:14.06) placed third and fourth. It could be a big battle for the medals behind the big favorite Roy. The American came into the meet a second and a half ahead of the second seeded Fukasawa.

Canadian 100 champ Gabe Mastromatteo (2:15.99) is the fifth seed and will also have a chance at a medal.

Australia’s Thomas Pearson (2:24.77), Singapore’s Maximillian Ang (2:25.38) and New Zealand’s Matthew Holder (2:27.43) will also swim in the final.

 Event 31  Men 200 LC Meter Breaststroke
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     Jr World: W 2:09.39  07/27/2017Qin Haiyang, CHN
  Jr. Pan Pac: M 2:08.03  08/26/2012Akihiro YAMAGUCHI, Japan
    Name           Year Team                 Seed    Prelims  FINA       
==================================================================
                         === Round 1 ===                          
 
  1 ROY, Daniel      00 USA-US-           2:09.73    2:12.63  q878  
    r:+0.64  30.40      1:03.95 (33.55)
        1:37.81 (33.86)     2:12.63 (34.82)
  2 POUCH, AJ        00 USA-US-           2:11.96    2:13.21  q866  
    r:+0.68  30.02      1:02.92 (32.90)
        1:37.25 (34.33)     2:13.21 (35.96)
  3 SATO, Shoma      01 Japan-            2:13.22    2:13.78  q855  
    r:+0.63  30.32      1:03.90 (33.58)
        1:38.45 (34.55)     2:13.78 (35.33)
  4 FUKASAWA, Yamato 00 Japan-            2:11.34    2:14.06  q850  
    r:+0.60  30.91      1:05.17 (34.26)
        1:39.54 (34.37)     2:14.06 (34.52)
  5 MASTROMATTEO, G  02 Canada-           2:15.53    2:15.99  q814  
    r:+0.66  31.26      1:05.86 (34.60)
        1:40.70 (34.84)     2:15.99 (35.29)
  6 PEARSON, Thomas  00 Australia-        2:22.82    2:24.77  q675  
    r:+0.74  31.08      1:06.71 (35.63)
        1:45.20 (38.49)     2:24.77 (39.57)
  7 Ang, Maximillian 01 SGP-              2:17.19    2:25.38  q666  
    r:+0.64  31.87      1:08.61 (36.74)
        1:46.85 (38.24)     2:25.38 (38.53)
  8 Holder, Matthew  01 New Zealand-      2:21.28    2:27.43  q639  
    r:+0.58  32.38      1:09.04 (36.66)
        1:47.63 (38.59)     2:27.43 (39.80)
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  1. Dennis Miller

    Suva weather has returned 🌬💦

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