2018 Pan Pacific Championships Day Two Finals Recap

2018 Pan Pacific Championships Day Two Finals Recap

By USA Swimming  | Friday, August 10, 2018

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Team USA Medal Count: 20 – 8 gold, 6 silver, 6 bronze

Women’s 100m Freestyle

1. Cate Campbell (Australia), 52.03 (Pan Pacs record)
2. Simone Manuel (Sugar Land, Texas/Stanford Swimming), 52.66
3. Taylor Ruck (Canada), 52.72
4. Mallory Comerford (Kalamazoo, Mich./University of Louisville), 52.94

Race Notes

  • Manuel won her second career Pan Pacs medal in the 100m free after taking bronze in 2014. 
  • Campbell’s swim was the second fastest in history in the women’s 100m free in a time of 52.03.

Simone Manuel (on her swim tonight): “I definitely was disappointed in losing, but I think I’m more disappointed in my time. It was slower than I swam at Nationals … I did the best that I could, and that’s all I can ask for.”

Men’s 100m Freestyle
1. Kyle Chalmers (Australia), 48.00
2T. Caeleb Dressel (Green Cove Springs, Fla./Bolles School Sharks), 48.22
2T. Jack Cartwright (Australia), 48.22
5. Zach Apple (Trenton, Ohio/Indiana University), 48.47

Race Notes

  • Dressel won his first career individual Pan Pacs medal with a tie for silver in 48.22.

Caeleb Dressel (on his race tonight): “It was not my best, pretty far off my best, but I think I swam it smartly – just the time wasn’t there. It’s been a little bit of a hectic year … a learning year.”

Women’s 200m Butterfly
1. Hali Flickinger (Spring Grove, Pa./Athens Bulldog Swim Club), 2:07.35
2. Sachi Mochida (Japan), 2:07.66
3. Katie Drabot (Cedarburg, Wis./Stanford Swimming), 2:08.40

Race Notes

  • Flickinger won her first career Pan Pacs gold medal with a time of 2:07.35.
  • After having not won Pan Pacs gold in the women’s 200m fly since 1991, Team USA has now won two straight gold medals in the event – Cammile Adams in 2014 and Flickinger in 2018.

Hali Flickinger (on the bond that the team has developed): “We have this bond. We all know how awesome it is to represent Team USA and all of us are just so happy to be here. We were a family right away and that’s something that’s so special.”

Men’s 200m Butterfly
1. Daiya Seto (Japan), 1:54.34
2. Leonardo de Deus (Brazil), 1:54.89
3. Zach Harting (Madison, Ala./University of Louisville), 1:55.05
7. Jack Conger (Rockville, Md./Nation’s Capital Swim Club), 1:56.83

Race Notes

  • Competing at his first major international competition, Harting won his first Pan Pacs medal.

Zach Harting (on the significance of his performance tonight): “This was a big swim for me. It’s a big meet so far. I’ve only swam two races, including that one, but that’s a monumental shift mentally for the rest of my swimming career.”

Women’s 100m Backstroke
1. Kylie Masse (Canada), 58.61
2. Emily Seebhom (Australia), 58.72
3. Kathleen Baker (Winston-Salem, N.C./Team Elite), 58.83
6. Regan Smith (Lakeville, Minn./Riptide Swim Team), 58.95

Race Notes

  • Baker won her first career individual Pan Pacs medal, taking silver tonight after placing ninth in 2014.
  • Baker set the world record in the women’s 100m back last time out at Phillips 66 Nationals with a time of 58.00.
  • Team USA has not won Pan Pacs gold in the women’s 100m back since 2002.

Kathleen Baker (on her race tonight): “I went out there and did my best. The time wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for, but I’m racing the very best in the world. It was the same podium that it was last year at Worlds, the same two other swimmers. I think we really push each other and it’s great that I come to Pan Pacs and I continue to race the best backstrokers.”

Men’s 100m Backstroke
1. Ryan Murphy (Jacksonville, Fla./California Aquatics), 51.94 (Pan Pacs record)
2. Ryosuke Irie (Japan), 52.78
3. Mitch Larkin (Australia), 52.88
4. Matt Grevers (Lake Forest, Ill./Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics), 52.99

Race Notes

  • Murphy won his second career Pan Pacs medal in the 100m back after taking bronze in 2014.
  • Murphy set a Pan Pacs record in the prelims with a time of 52.19 and bettered that in the finals with a time of 51.94.
  • Murphy’s 51.94 effort tied for the third-fastest swim in history in the event.

Ryan Murphy (On what has allowed him to bounce back after some disappointing results at 2017 Worlds): “Just getting locked in with training again. That’s where I get my confidence from and I think that showed up tonight and I think that will show up in the 200 as well.”

Women’s 800m Freestyle Relay
1. Australia, 7:44.12 (Pan Pacs record)
2. United States (Allison Schmitt, Leah Smith, Katie McLaughlin, Katie Ledecky), 7:44.37
3. Canada, 7:47.28

Race Notes

  • Ledecky hit the water tied for second place place about 3 seconds behind Australia and nearly brought Team USA back for the win.
  • Ledecky’s split of 1:53.84 was just off her 1:53.74 effort in the 800m free relay at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Men’s 800m Freestyle Relay
1. United States (Andrew Seliskar, Blake Pieroni, Zach Apple, Townley Haas), 7:04.36
2. Australia, 7:04.70
3. Japan, 7:08.07

Race Notes

  • Haas split 1:43.78 on the anchor leg to lift Team USA to the victory and its first relay gold medal of the 2018 Pan Pacs.



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