By Jim Rusnak//Director of Media Properties | Saturday, August 11, 2018
TOKYO - Caeleb Dressel set the meet record in the men’s 100m butterfly Saturday at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championship, turning in a time of 50.75. The former mark of 50.86 was set by the legendary Michael Phelps in 2010.
Dressel’s gold in this event was the fifth straight for the United States at Pan Pacs, a streak that goes back to 2002. His teammate, Jack Conger, was second in 51.32. Vinicius Lanza of Brazil was third in 51.44.
It was Dressel’s third medal of the meet after taking silver in the 100m free and bronze in the mixed 400m medley relay.
“I had no idea what the record was going into the event,” Dressel said. “It wasn’t on my mind. You shouldn’t be racing for time. You should be racing for a well-split race, and getting your hand on the wall first – especially when that flag is on your cap. Maybe it’s a different story in-season, but right now it’s just points and doing what you can do for the team.”
Dressel’s gold was one of three for the U.S. on day 3. They won eight overall, including three gold, three silver and two bronze. They lead all teams in the total medal count with 28 – 11 gold, 9 silver and 8 bronze.
Here’s a run-down of the rest of the races:
Women’s 400m Free
On the first night of competition, Katie Ledecky and Leah Smith went 1-3 in the women’s 800m freestyle. Tonight it was half the swimming, but the same results, as Ledecky and Smith took gold and bronze in the 400m free in 3:58.50 and 4:04.23. Ariarne Titmus of Australia became the third woman to break the four-minute barrier, taking second in 3:59.66
It was the sixt- fastest performance of all-time for Ledecky, who holds the world record at 3:56.46. It was also her fourth medal of the meet after her win in the 800, a silver in the 800 free relay and a bronze in the 200 free. She is now tied for third among women for most individual gold medals at Pan Pacs. It was the third medal of the week for Smith, who also competed in the 800 free relay.
Ledecky has now won the 400 at every major international competition since the 2013 FINA World Championships, including the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships. The U.S. has won gold in the women’s 400 free at all but two Pan Pacific Championships meets – 1997 and 2006.
“I’ve been feeling better each session, I think, and was really happy with my relay swim last night,” Ledecky said. “I could take a lot of confidence from that. I’m not swimming angry. I’m swimming happy. I’m having a lot of fun with my teammates and going through each session and putting together the best races that I can.”
Men’s 400m Free
Zane Grothe turned in his best showing on the international stage in the men’s 400m free, winning bronze in 3:45.37. Prior to tonight, his top finish in this event was a seventh place at the 2017 FINA World Championships.
This is the second medal of the week for Grothe, who took silver in the 1500m free on the first night of competition. Teammate Grant Shoults was fourth in 3:48.27.
The gold medal went to Jack McLoughlin of Australia in 3:44.20, while Mack Horton of Australia took silver in 3:44.31. An American has not won gold in the 400 at Pan Pacs since Matt Cetlinski in 1987.
Women’s 100m Butterfly
Kelsi Dahlia also had her best showing on the international stage in the 100m butterfly, taking second behind Rikako Ikee in 56.44. Ikee’s time of 56.08 broke the Pan Pacs record of 56.90 she set in this morning’s prelims. Third place went to Emma McKeon of Australia in 56.54.
Prior to tonight’s swim, Dahlia’s top showing in the 100 fly at an international meet was a bronze at last year’s FINA World Championships.
Her U.S. teammate and training partner at Louisville, Mallory Comerford ,was fifth in 58.25. This was the first time Comerford swam the 100 fly in a major international competition.
Women’s 200m IM
Americans Ella Eastin and Melanie Margalis missed out on medals in the women’s 200m IM, finishing fourth and fifth, respectively, with times of 2:09.90 and 2:10.67. Yui Ohashi of Japan won gold in 2:08.16, followed by Sydney Pickrem of Canada in 2:09.07 and Miho Teramura of Japan in 2:09.86.
Men’s 200m IM
Chase Kalisz won his second event of the meet Saturday in the men’s 200m IM, turning in a time of 1:55.40. He also won the 400 IM on the first night of competition. The reigning world champion in the 200 IM, Kalisz went head-to-head with the 2014 Pan Pac Champion, Kosuke Hagino of Japan in the middle of the pool. Hagino finished third in front of a home crowd in 1:56.66. Mitch Larkin of Australia was second in 1:56.21. American Abrahm DeVine was fifth in 1:57.81.
Americans have won five out the last six Pan Pac titles in this event.
“I’m just happy to go a best time,” Kalisz said. “I didn’t know what to expect coming into today after that 400 IM. Yesterday was one of the sorest I’ve been. I didn’t really recover. I got back to the hotel really late (after the 400 IM), and I was in bed by probably 2:30. I need a lot of sleep to recover, and luckily things kind of worked out in my favor today.”
Women’s 400m Free Relay
The team of Mallory Comerford, Margot Geer, Kelsi Dahlia and Simone Manuel won silver behind Australia, 3:31.58 to 3:33.45. Canada was third in 3:34.07. It was the American women’s second relay silver of the week after finishing behind the Aussies in the 800 free relay last night.
Men’s 400m Free Relay
Caeleb Dressel, Blake Pieroni, Zach Apple and Nathan Adrian were disqualified for swimming the 400 free relay in the wrong order. Gold went to Brazil in 3:12.02, followed by Australia in 3:12.53 and Japan in 3:12.54.