2018 Pan Pacific Championships Day Three Finals Recap

2018 Pan Pacific Championships Day Three Finals Recap

By USA Swimming  | Saturday, August 11, 2018

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Team USA Medal Count: 28 – 11 gold, 9 silver, 8 bronze

Women’s 400m Freestyle
1. Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md./Stanford Swimming), 3:58.50
2. Ariarne Titmus (Australia), 3:59.66
3. Leah Smith (Pittsburgh, Pa./Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics), 4:04.23

Race Notes

  • Ledecky won her second straight Pan Pacs title (2014) in the 400m free and owns six career individual gold medals.
  • Ledecky’s 3:58.50 effort ranks sixth in the women’s 400m free. She owns each of the top 10 all-time performances.
  • Ledecky has won four medals at 2018 Pan Pacs, including gold in the 400m free and 800m free.
  • Smith has won three medals this week in Tokyo, including bronze in the 400m free and 800m free.
  • The United States has won 11 of 13 all-time Pan Pacs gold medals in the women’s 400m free.

Katie Ledecky (on her race tonight): “Tonight I just wanted to race and go for the gold. I knew that the time would take care of itself. I knew I’d be pushed and probably have a good time but didn’t really quite know what the time would be. It’s been a pretty tough week just competing in a different time zone very far from the U.S., a 16-hour time difference. It’s been a lot harder I think than all of us anticipated knowing that we just got here a couple of days ago. I’m really proud of that race and how I’ve competed this week and I have one more race to go.”

Ledecky (on bouncing back from placing third in the 200m free): “It didn’t feel good, the 200, but I’ve been feeling better each session I think. I was really happy with my relay swim last night and I could take a lot of confidence from that … I’m having a lot of fun with my teammates, going through each session and putting together the best races that I can.”

Men’s 400m Freestyle
1. Jack McLoughlin (Australia), 3:44.20
2. Mack Horton (Australia), 3:44.31
3. Zane Grothe (Boulder City, Nev./Mission Viejo Nadadores), 3:45.37
4. Grant Shoults (Laguna Hills, Calif./Stanford Swimming), 3:48.27

Race Notes

  • The silver medalist in the men’s 1500m free earlier in the meet, Grothe wins his second career Pan Pacs medal.
  • Grothe will swim the men’s 800m free on Sunday.

Zane Grothe (on his race tonight): “Overall it was pretty good. I was a little shaky at Nationals. Both times from the morning, I was faster at Worlds. I’m really happy with that. I would have liked to have made a bigger jump for the finals race, but I can’t complain.”

Women’s 100m Butterfly
1. Rikako Ikee (Japan), 56.08 (Pan Pacs record)
2. Kelsi Dahlia (Westampton, N.J./Cardinal Aquatics), 56.44
3. Emma McKeon (Australia), 56.54
5. Mallory Comerford (Kalamazoo, Mich./University of Louisville), 58.25

Race Notes

  • Dahlia won her first career Pan Pacs medal in 56.44, just seven-hundredths off her personal best.
  • Dahlia and Comerford both swam on the women’s 400m free relay, which took silver later in the session.

Kelsi Dahlia (on swimming faster than she did at Nationals): “I was just trying to think of all the positive things I could going into this race. We went through a huge time change and had a great training camp and I know put in a lot of hard work this year and so I knew didn’t go as fast as I could at Nationals and so I wanted to give it my best today and I think that was my second-fastest time ever. I was a little bit faster last year at Worlds, so overall I’m really, really pleased.”

Men’s 100m Butterfly
1. Caeleb Dressel (Green Cove Springs, Fla./Bolles School Sharks), 50.75 (Pan Pacs record)
2. Jack Conger (Rockville, Md./Nation’s Capital Swim Club), 51.32
3. Vini Lanza (Brazil), 51.44

Race Notes

  • Dressel wins his first career Pan Pacs gold medal and has won three total medals this week in Tokyo, including gold in the 100m fly and silver in the 100m free.
  • The United States has won five straight medals in the men’s 100m fly at Pan Pacs and has gone 1-2 in three straight.

Caeleb Dressel (On his race tonight): “It was alright. It was well swum, but the time wasn’t there. But that’s the story of my life this summer. But it’s OK. I think we’ll learn from it and move on.”

Women’s 200m Individual Medley
1. Yui Ohashi (Japan), 2:08.16 (Pan Pacs record)
2. Sydney Pickrem (Canada), 2:09.07
3. Miho Teramura (Japan), 2:09.86
4. Ella Eastin (Irvine, Calif./Stanford Swimming), 2:09.90
5. Melanie Margalis (Clearwater, Fla./St. Petersburg Aquatics), 2:10.67

Race Notes

  • The U.S. did not earn a Pan Pacs medal in the women’s 200m IM for the first time since 1995.

Men’s 200m Individual Medley
1. Chase Kalisz (Bel Air, Md./Athens Bulldog Swim Club), 1:55.40
2. Mitch Larkin (Australia), 1:56.21
3. Kosuke Hagino (Japan), 1:56.66
5. Abrahm Devine (Seattle, Wash./Stanford Swimming), 1:57.81

Race Notes

  • Kalisz completed a sweep of the Pan Pacs gold medals in Tokyo after winning the 200m and 400m IM.
  • Kalisz’s 1:55.40 time was a lifetime best, surpassing his 1:55.56 effort at the 2017 FINA World Championships.
  • Kalisz’s time also marked the fastest swim in the world this year.
  • The United States has won five of the last six Pan Pacs gold medals in the men’s 200m IM.

Chase Kalisz (on his race tonight): “I’m just happy to go a best time. I didn’t really know what to expect coming into today after my [200] fly. Yesterday, I was some of the most sore I’ve ever been. I didn’t really recover … I needed a lot of sleep, needed a day to recover and fortunately things worked out in my favor today.”

Women’s 400m Freestyle Relay
1. Australia, 3:31.58 (Pan Pacs record)
2. United States (Mallory Comerford, Margo Geer, Kelsi Dahlia, Simone Manuel), 3:33.45
3. Canada, 3:34.07

Race Notes

  • The U.S. won a second straight Pan Pacs silver medal in the women’s 400m free relay and has not won gold in the event since 2010.

Men’s 400m Freestyle Relay
1. Brazil, 3:12.02
2. Australia, 3:12.53
3. Japan, 3:12.54
DQ. United States (Caeleb Dressel, Blake Pieroni, Zach Apple, Nathan Adrian), 3:11.67

Race Notes

  • The United States touched first in a Pan Pacs record time of 3:11.67, but the team was subsequently disqualified for swimming in an order that differed from the lineup that was submitted.




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