Podkoscielny Wins “B” Final; Winkler Finishes In Top 10 On Day Two Of Junior Pan Pacs

By Sharon Robb
HONOLULU, Hawaii, August 26, 2022—U.S. teammates Julia Podkoscielny of Pine Crest Swimming and Kaii Winkler of Eagle Aquatics got in more racing against some of the world’s best swimmers Thursday at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships at Mark Takai Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center.

Julia Podkoscielny, 17, of Pine Crest Swimming, won the “B” final and finished ninth overall in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:47.34. She swam 4:52.27 in prelims. She has the 200 backstroke and 200 IM left to swim.

U.S. teammate Kaii Winkler, 16, of Eagle Aquatics was second in the B final and tenth overall in the 100-meter freestyle in 50.12 after going a best time 49.47 in prelims, dropping 0.21 from his previous best of 49.68. He also anchored the 4×200-meter freestyle “B” relay with a 1:51.27 split that finished seventh in 7:22.66. Winkler has the 400 freestyle, 100 butterfly and 50 freestyle left to swim.

The talented trio of Josh Zuchowski of FAST, Podkoscielny and Winkler, representing the U.S. internationally for the first time, are among emerging stars from four Pan Pac charter nations (U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia) during the competitive four-day meet. Zuchowski, already a silver medalist, swims the 200 backstroke on Friday.

In addition to the four charter nations, other select non-European Swimming League (LEN) will also compete including New Zealand, China, Fiji, Singapore, South Korea and Ecuador.

Competition is through Saturday with prelims at 3 p.m. EST and finals at 11 p.m. EST. All sessions will be streamed at http://www.usaswimming.org/watch.

Friday events are: 400 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 200 backstroke and 4×100 free relay.

GIRLS: 1. US 109, 2. Australia 80, 3. Japan 70, 4. Canada 50, 5. New Zealand 12, 6. Singapore 6, 7. Fiji 4.
BOYS: 1. US 106, 2. Australia 80, 3. Japan 70.5, 4. Canada 47.5, 5. Singapore 16, 6. New Zealand 7.
100-meter freestyle: 1. Erin Gemmell, US 54.13, 2. Milla Jansen, AUS 54.36, 3. Olivia Wunsch, AUS 54.50.
100-meter breaststroke: 1. Piper Enge, US 1:08.58, 2. Kotomi Kato, JPN 1:09.10, 3. Isabella Johnson, AUS 1:09.36.
400-meter individual medley: 1. Mio Narita, JPN 4:36.79, 2. Kayla Han, US 4:43.60, 3. Ayami Suzuki, JPN 4:43.70, 9. Julia Podkoscielny, US 4:47.34.
4×200-meter freestyle relay: 1. US 7:54.70 (Kayla Wilson, Jillian Cox, Cavan Gormsen, Erin Gemmell), 2. Australia 7:55.85, 3. Japan 8:01.38.
100-meter freestyle: 1. Flynn Southam, AUS 48.23, 2. Thomas Heilman, US 49.34, 3. Jamie Mooney, AUS 50.19, 10. Kaii Winkler, US 50.12.
100-meter breaststroke: 1. Zhier Fan, US 1:00.74, 2. Yamato Okadome, JPN 1:01.35, 3. Nicholas Mahabir, SGP 1:01.78.
400-meter individual medley: 1. Ei Kamikawabata, JPN 4:15.23, 2. Maximus Williamson, US 4:17.58, 3. Riki Abe, JPN 4:17.96.
4×200-meter freestyle relay: 1. Australia 7:13.07 (Flynn Southam, Anders McAlpine, Marcus Da Silva, Joshua Staples), 2. US 7:15.18, 3. Japan 7:22.26.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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