Caeleb Dressel, Ryan Murphy Finish Pan Pacs With More Gold Medals


By Sharon Robb

TOKYO, Japan, August 12, 2018—Ryan Murphy won two more gold medals and Caeleb Dressel took gold and silver on the fourth day of the Pan Pacific Championships at Tatsumi International Swimming Center.

The Bolles Swim Club alums combined for a win for the U.S. on the men’s 4×100-meter medley relay team in the final race of the meet.

Murphy, Andrew Wilson, Dressel and Nathan Adrian won in 3:30.20, just 5/100ths of a second ahead of Japan.

Earlier in the day, Murphy ended up sweeping the backstroke events by sweeping the 200-meter backstroke in a meet record 1:53.57. His margin of victory was nearly two seconds ahead of Ryosuke Irie of Japan and U.S. teammate Austin Katz of Sarasota.

Dressel was second in the 50-meter freestyle in 21.93 behind U.S. teenager Michael Andrew in 21.46.

Murphy finished with three gold medals and Dressel finished with two golds, two silvers and a bronze.

The U.S. won six of the eight available gold medals and men’s 4×100-meter relay to finish on top of the medals table with 18 golds on the final day of the pool events. Australia was second with eight and Japan had six gold medals.

In other races:

Canadian teenager Taylor Ruck took silver in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:06.41 and finished with a historic fifth medal, breaking the record for most medals won by a Canadian at Pan Pacs. American Kathleen Baker won gold in the 200 backstroke in a meet record 2:06.14.

Katie Ledecky, 21, won her third gold medal of the meet running away with the 1,500-meter freestyle in 15:38.97, more than an 11-second margin of victory.

U.S. teammate Micah Lawrence Sumrall won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:21.88 ahead of teammate and double Olympic champion Lilly King in 2:22.12.

American Zane Grothe won the 800-meter freestyle in a best time 7:43.74.

World record holder Ippei Watanabe of Japan won the 200-meter breaststroke in a meet record 2:07.75 just hours after American Josh Prenot had lowered the meet record in 2:08.02.

Aussie Cate Campbell broke her own meet record to win gold in the 50-meter freestyle in 23.81 lowering her own record of 23.96. Campbell later added a fifth gold medal in the 4×100-meter medley relay.

Australia won the women’s 400-meter medley relay in a meet record in 3:52.74 ahead of the U.S. in 3:53.21. Japan was third in a national record in 3:55.03.

The 10K open water races will end the Pan Pacs on Tuesday.

The meet featured the following federations: Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, People’s Republic of China, Cook Islands, Colombia, Ecuador, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, New Zealand, Oman, Palau, Peru, Philippines, Thailand and the U.S.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Dressel Wins Gold, Breaks Phelps Meet Record On Day Three Of Pan Pacs; U.S. Relay Disqualified For Relay List Blunder


By Sharon Robb

TOKYO, Japan, August 11, 2018—Caeleb Dressel won his first gold medal in style on Day Three of the Pan Pacific Championships at the Tatsumi International Swimming Center.

The Bolles Club and Clay High School alum won the 100-meter butterfly and broke the meet record of Michael Phelps in 50.75. Phelps record was 50.86 set in 2010. U.S. teammate Jack Conger was second in 51.32. It was Dressel’s third medal of Pan Pacs. On Sunday, he will swim the 50-meter freestyle abd possibly the 400-meter medley relay.

Dressel would have won a second gold in the men’s 400-meter freestyle relay had they not been disqualified. Dressel, Blake Peroni, Zach Apple and Nathan Adrian set a meet record and won in a meet record 3:11.67 but was disqualified for swimming out of order. According to meet officials, the relay received the wrong relay order from coaches. The U.S. foursome got the news unfortunately after the medal ceremony. Brazil got bumped up to gold in 3:12.02.

Other than that embarrassing moment, it was a good day for the U.S. winning eight medals.

In other races:

Katie Ledecky won her second gold medal of the meet in the 400-meter freestyle in a meet record 3:58.30, breaking her previous record of 3:58.37. Ledecky was under world record pace until the final 100 meters. Aussie teenager Ariarne Titmus, 17, kept it close finishing second in 3:59.66, breaking the 4-minute barrier for the first time and becoming the third woman to ever break 4 minutes.

Chase Kalisz won gold in the 200-meter individual medley in 1:55.40. Aussie Mitch Larkin was second in 1:56.21.

Aussie teammates Jack McLoughlin and Mack Horton finished one-two in the 400-meter freestyle. American Zane Grothe was third in 3:45.37.

Australia, with Cate Campbell swimming a 51.36 anchor leg, won the women’s 400-meter freestye relay in 3:31.58. The U.S. took silver in 3:33.45

Japan’s Rikako Ikee won the 100-meter butterfly in 56.08 ahead of Kelsi Worrell Dahlia in 56.44.

Japan teammate Yui Ohashi won the women’s 200-meter individual medley in 2:08.16.

The meet runs through Aug. 14 and features the following federations: Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, People’s Republic of China, Cook Islands, Colombia, Ecuador, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, New Zealand, Oman, Palau, Peru, Philippines, Thailand and the U.S.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

Bolles Alum Ryan Murphy Wins On Day Two Of Pan Pacs; Murphy, Dressel Make World Team


By Sharon Robb

TOKYO, Japan, August 10, 2018—The comeback of world record holder Ryan Murphy continued on Day Two of the Pan Pacific Championships Friday at the Tatsumi International Swimming Center.

The Bolles alum, after a shaky 2017 season, dominated the 100-meter backstroke to win in 51.94, less than a tenth off his world record. It was a Pan Pacs record and third-fastest swim in history. He was the only swimmer in the field under 52 seconds.

Murphy was coming off sweeping the backstroke events at the Phillips 66 USA Swimming Championships two weeks ago.

Japan’s Ryosuke Irie out-touched Aussie Mitch Larkin for second in 52.78. Larkin finished in 52.88. American Matt Grevers, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist, was fourth in 52.99.

The U.S. leads the medal count with 19 (7 gold, 6 silver, 6 bronze) followed by Australia with 11 (4 gold, 5 silver, 2 bronze). The finals will be televised on NBC Saturday at 4 p.m. and Olympic Channel at 8 p.m.

In other races:

Aussie Cate Campbell won the 100-meter freestyle in a Pan Pacs record 52.03 ahead of American Simone Manuel in 52.66 and Canadian teenager Taylor Ruck in 52.72.

In the men’s 100-meter freestyle Aussie Kyle Chalmers won in 48.00. Another Bolles Sharks Club swimmer and Clay High School graduate, Caeleb Dressel and Aussie Jack Cartwright tied for the silver medal in 48.22, qualifying Dressel for his first world championship spot. Dressel bumped Nathan Adrian out of an individual event. Adrian will still go to worlds as a relay swimmer.

Dressel and Murphy will compete at next year’s FINA World Championships in South Korea. Dressel has two more events, the 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley and Murphy competes Sunday in the 200 backstroke.

American Hali Flickinger won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:07.35 and U.S. teammates Katie Drabot was third in 2:08.40. Japan’s Sachi Mochida was second in 2:07.66.

Japan’s Daiya Seto outsprinted Brazilian Leonardo De Deus in the back half to win the 200-meter butterfly, 1:54.34-1:54.89. American Zach Hartung was third in 1:55.05.

Canadian Kylie Masse topped an impressive field to win the 100-meter backstroke in 58.61. Aussie Emily Seebohm was second in 58.72 and American Kathleen Baker was third in 58.83.

Australia won the women’s 800-meter freestyle relay in a Pan Pacs record 7:44.12, beating the Americans and Katie Ledecky in 7:44.37 and Canadians in 7:47.28.

The U.S. team, led by anchor leg Townley Haas, won the 800-meter freestyle relay in 7:04.36. The Aussies were second in 7:04.70 and Japan was third in 7:08.07.

The meet runs through Aug. 14 and features the following federations: Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, People’s Republic of China, Cook Islands, Colombia, Ecuador, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, New Zealand, Oman, Palau, Peru, Philippines, Thailand and the U.S.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SWIMMING NOTEBOOK: Canadian Taylor Ruck Knocks Off Katie Ledecky At Pan Pacs; Atkinson Honored In Jamaica


By Sharon Robb

TOKYO, Japan, August 9, 2018—Canadian teenager Taylor Ruck knocked off five-time Olympian champion Katie Ledecky on opening night of the Pan Pacific Championships at Tatsumi International Swimming Center.

Ruck, 18, won the 200-meter freestyle in a meet record 1:54.44 breaking Ledecky’s 2014 record by 1.3 seconds. Japan’s Rikako Ikee was second in 1:54.85 and Ledecky settled for third place in 1:55.15.

“I was nervous before the race,” Ruck told reporters. “It’s the name. She is the fastest woman on the planet in a lot of races. My coach saw I was nervous and told me to focus on my lane and my race.”

Ledecky lowered the meet record in the 200 prelims in 1:55.16 before Ruck broke it.

Earlier in the day, Ledecky won the 800-meter freestyle in 8:09.13, fifth fastest time in the world and fifth time she dipped under 8:10.

“I knew it was going to be tough,” Ledecky said. “It’s a tough double. I’ve done it a number of times but it’s always a difficult thing. I really put in a lot of work into not having that happen again. But I still have two more years to go until the Big Show here in Tokyo.”

In other races:

American Olympic champion Lilly King won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:05.44. King has not lost this event since 2015.

Other U.S winners were Jordan Wilimovsky in the 1500-meter freestyle in 14:46.93; Townley Haas in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:45.56 and Chase Kalisz in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:07.95.

Japan had two champions. Yasuhiro Koseki won the men’s 100-meter breaststroke in 59.08 and Yui Ohashi won the women’s 400-meter individual medley in 4:33.77.

Austrailia’s only win was in the mixed medley relay in 3:38.91 ahead of Japan and U.S. with Kathleen Baker, Michael Andrew, Simone Manuel and Caeleb Dressel.

The meet runs through Aug. 14 and features the following federations: Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, People’s Republic of China, Cook Islands, Colombia, Ecuador, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, New Zealand, Oman, Palau, Peru, Philippines, Thailand and the U.S.

ATKINSON HONORED IN JAMAICA

Four-time Olympian Alia Atkinson, 29, was among 171 Jamaicans honored recently with the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander. She joined Gracie Jones, Harry Belafonte and Winston Barnes among others. They were honored for their contributions and achievements on National Heroes Day. Atkinson was coming off the CAC Games where she won three gold and two bronze medals.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Ledecky Breaks Another World Record, Phelps Takes Gold, Silver On Final Day Of Pan Pacs

Ledecky Breaks Another World Record, Phelps Takes Gold, Silver On Final Day Of Pan Pacs


By Sharon Robb

August 24, 2014—Teenager Katie Ledecky broke her second world record at the Pan Pacific Championships Sunday at Gold Coast Aquatic Centre in Southport, Australia.

On the final day of the four-day meet, Ledecky, 17, broke her own 1500-meter freestyle world record in 15:28.36, shaving nearly six seconds off the old record she set in June.

“I knew it was my last race of the meet and last race of the season so I wanted to finish a really good season on a good note,” Ledecky said.

“It was probably one of the most painful races,” Ledecky said. “It was painful, but it pays off in the end, so I’m happy.”

It came a day after she broke her own world record in the 400-meter freestyle in 3:58.86. It was also her fifth gold medal. She won the 200, 400, 800 and 1500-meter individual events and anchored the winning 4×200-meter freestyle relay team.

Ledecky holds the world records in the 400, 800 and 1500 freestyles and is the first woman since American distance great Janet Evans to hold all three records at the same time.

“I am really enjoying the journey and just enjoying each step,” Ledecky said. “Hopefully, there are a few steps left.”

Added Michael Phelps, “She is a stud, watching her swim is remarkable. She is very talented, she works hard and it shows.”

The eighteen-time Olympic gold medalist Phelps continued his comeback journey by taking a silver medal in the 200-meter individual medley, losing the gold by 2/100ths of a second to Japan’s Kosuke Hagino

Phelps was reeling in Hagino in the final 50 meters after trailing by only 0.66 seconds at the final turn but Hagino, who also won the 400 IM, out-touched Phelps in 1:56.02. It was the identical time Ryan Lochte clocked in the “B” final.

“Today my body was hurting,” Phelps said. “I woke up this morning and my body was in pain. After this morning’s race and a nap, I felt pretty fresh for final. If I would change anything it would probably be to step on the first 100 meters.

“I think for my first real international meet back we accomplished everything we wanted to,” Phelps said. “We were able to find out some of the things that I need to improve on over the next year. I need to work on holding my stroke, to do a comfortable stroke at that high speed and that will come with faster races and faster things in workout.”

Phelps won his second gold medal of the meet as a member of the winning 4×100-meter medley relay in a meet record 3:29.94 with teammates Matt Grevers, Kevin Cordes and Nathan Adrian.

Phelps, 29, also won a gold medal in the 100-meter butterfly in 51.29.

Ryan Lochte lost the final spot in the 200 IM final to Phelps after Tyler Clary qualified with a faster time. Only two swimmers from each country are allowed to compete in finals. Lochte was a silver medalist behind Phelps in the event at the 2012 London Olympics.

In other championship finals:

American Maya DiRado won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:09.93 ahead of Aussie Alicia Coutts in 2:10.25. American Caitlin Leverenz took the bronze in 2:10.67. St. Petersburg’s Melanie Margalis won the “B” final in 2:11.42. DiRado and Margalis will represent the U.S. at next year’s world championships.

Aussie Cate Campbell won the 50-meter freestyle in 23.96, equalling the world’s fastest time in 2014.

Canadian Ryan Cochrane won the 800-meter freestyle in 7:45.39. American Connor Jaeger was third in 7:47.75.

Brazilian Bruno Fratus won a stacked 50-meter freestyle race in a meet record 21.44. American team captain Anthony Ervin was second in 21.73 and Nathan Adrian was third in 21.80.

Japan swept the 200-meter breaststroke. Kanako Watanabe won the women’s gold in 2:21.41 and Yahuhiro Koseki won the men’s title in 2:08.57.

Australia won the women’s 4×100-meter medley relay in a national record 3:55.49 over the Olympic champion Americans with Cate Campbell, Lorna Tonks, Emily Seebohm and Alicia Coutts.

The Aussie men’s and women’s sprint relay teams knocked off the U.S. for the first time in 12 years. “It’s always good to get one up on the Americans like that,” said Aussie Cameron McEvoy.

As expected, Team USA was the dominant country with 14 gold medals, 12 silver and 14 bronze. Host Australia, in the middle of a resurgence after a disastrous 2012 Olympics, was second with ten gold, eight silver and eight bronze, Japan had seven and South Korea, Canada and Brazil each had one gold medal.

“For us, we just needed to get in there, not get too overwhelmed with the home crowd and use it to the best of our ability,” said Aussie swimmer Tommaso D’Orsogna. “It’s just about developing this team that we’ve got and really moving forward as well as we can towards Rio.”

Rio de Janeiro is host city for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Despite back spasms, Missy Franklin will represent the U.S. at worlds in the 100 and 200 freestyle, 100 and 200 backstroke and relays.

The 10K open water events, scheduled for Monday, were postponed because of poor water quality and high levels of E. Coli at two Gold Coast venues. The four charter nations, USA, Japan, Canada and host Australia did not want to risk the health and safety of their athletes.

The event will now be held in conjunction with the Junior Pan Pacs in Maui, Hawaii on August 31. Team USA’s open water swimmers including former Clearwater Aquatics Team swimmer Becca Mann, will return to Los Angeles on Tuesday before heading to Hawaii on Thursday. Mann scratched from the 1500 to focus on the 10K.

Organizers decided to move the event after strong winds and heavy rain caused concerns with the water quality. The heavy rain caused increased pollution in the waterways and lakes.

At a cost of $41.39 million to refurbish the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre with a new competition pool, many coaches, swimmers and fans are questioning why a retractable roof on the venue was not included in the facelift plans. The venue will host the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

Ledecky Breaks World Record; Phelps, Clary Win Gold At Pan Pacs; Murphy, Beisel Grab Roster Spots On World Team

Ledecky Breaks World Record; Phelps, Clary Win Gold At Pan Pacs; Murphy, Beisel Grab Roster Spots On World Team


By Sharon Robb

August 23, 2014—On another dreary weather night in Southport, Australia, Team USA had another big night Saturday at the Pan Pacific Championships at Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.

Teenage sensation Katie Ledecky, 17, broke her own world record in the 400-meter freestyle with a blistering 29.30 final split.

The Stanford-bound swimmer took another half second off her world record time of 3:58.86 she swam at nationals earlier this month to win the gold medal in 3:58.37. U.S. teammate Cierra Runge was second in 4:04.55.

Both Ledecky and Runge qualified for the world team.

New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle took the bronze in 4:05.33. Venezuela’s Andreina Pinto of Gator Swim Club was fifth in 4:07.51.

Ledecky now holds at least two of the fastest times in history in the 400, 800 and 1500-meter freestyles. It was Ledecky’s fourth gold medal of the meet.

“It never really gets old, it’s a great feeling,” Ledecky said. “I have some long-term goals. We’re not quite there yet, but we’ll get there. “

Ledecky still has the 1500 to swim.

Eighteen-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps won his first international gold medal since the 2012 London Olympics in the 100-meter butterfly. It was also his first win since his comeback.

Phelps, 29, won in 51.29 ahead of Ryan Lochte, who finished second in 51.67. Tom Shields did not swim the event, however his time from nationals will hold up and he and Phelps will make the world team.

“It definitely feels good to have that sort of confidence back to be able to do it in an individual event,” Phelps said. “What it does is really just guarantee me a spot on the world championship team next summer. That’s the biggest thing and most important thing.”

The weather has been the biggest topic of conversation during the four-day meet. Even Phelps called it “crazy, sideways rain.”

“There’s no rain underwater so it doesn’t really bother me,” Phelps said with a smile. Phelps has the 200-meter individual medley left to swim on Sunday.

“I know there’s a lot that can happen in a year with training,” Phelps said. “That’s what I’m looking forward to.”

Tyler Clary won the 200-meter backstroke holding off Japan’s top-seed Ryosuke Irie to win in 1:54.91. Irie’s time was 1:55.14. Aussie Mitchell Larkin was third in 1:55.27. Clary kept the U.S. tradition alive, with U.S. swimmers never losing the 200 backstroke at twelve Pan Pacs.

Along with Clary, Bolles alum Ryan Murphy qualified for the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russia with a fourth-place finish time of 1:56.17.

Lochte scratched from the final heat of the men’s 200-meter backstroke after qualifying second in morning prelims.

In other championships finals on a night that featured hail, wind, rain and lots of plastic raincoats in the stands:

Aussie Alicia Coutts won the 100-meter butterfly in 57.64 ahead of China’s Ying Lu in 57.76. American Kendyl Stewart took the bronze in 57.82. Despite a disappointing sixth place in 58.31, Claire Donahue will join Stewart on the worlds team.

Korea’s Park Taehwan won the men’s 400-meter freestyle in 3:43.15. Japan’s Kosuke Hagino took silver in 3:44.56 and American Connor Jaeger took the bronze in 3:45.31.

Aussie Belinda Hocking just missed the meet record in the 200-meter backstroke by .01 seconds winning in 2:07.49. Teammate Emily Seebohm was second in 2:07.61.

University of Florida alum Elizabeth Beisel won the bronze in 2:08.33 and knocked Kathleen Baker off the world team to earn a roster spot. It was a much-needed redemption swim for Beisel who slipped off the start at nationals.

Franklin, still nursing back spasms, was fourth in 2:08.82. Beisel and Missy Franklin will represent the U.S. at worlds.

Australia swept the 4×100-meter freestyle relay gold medals.

The Aussie women’s relay of Cate Campbell, Brittany Elmslie, Melanie Schlanger and Bronte Campbell won in a meet record 3:32.46. The U.S. relay of Simone Manuel, Missy Franklin, Abbey Weitzeil and Shannon Vreeland was second in 3:34.23 and Japan took the bronze in 3:39.06.

The Aussie men’s relay of Tommaso D’Orsogna, James Magnussen, Matthew Abood and Cameron McEvoy won in 3:12.80 ahead of the U.S. team of Michael Phelps, Nathan Adrian, Anthony Ervin and Ryan Lochte in 3:13.36 and Brazil in 3:13.59. McEvoy’s anchor split of 47.60 clinched the win over Lochte’s 48.20.

The U.S. picked up three more golds and has 11 for the meet. Australia has eight gold medals.

For those following the Pan Pacs and enjoy being sleep-deprived on the East Coast, prelims are 8 p.m. and finals 5 a.m.

NBC will broadcast highlight races from the Pan Pacs today and Sunday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. each day. In Australia the entire meet is being televised live.

Swimming Australia is live streaming the meet on its website (www.swimming.org.au).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

Beisel Wins Gold, Team USA Dominates Day Two Of Pan Pacific Championships

Beisel Wins Gold, Team USA Dominates Day Two Of Pan Pacific Championships


By Sharon Robb

August 22, 2014—On a cold, wet, winter night in Australia, Elizabeth Beisel held off teammate Maya DiRado in an exciting race to win the 400-meter individual medley Friday at the Pan Pacific Championships at Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.

The University of Florida alum dominated the women’s field to defend her 2010 title, winning in a Pac Pacs record of 4:31.99. DiRado was second in 4:35.37 and Aussie Keryn McMaster took bronze in 4:38.84.

In the women’s 400-meter individual medley “B” final, Team USA swept the top four places including former Clearwater swimmer Becca Mann finishing second in 4:39.93 and St. Peterburg’s Melanie Margalis placing fourth in 4:40.94.

Beisel, 22, scratched from the 400-meter freestyle for Day Three to focus on the 200-meter backstroke for her second event at world championships.

After getting shut out in the 100-meter freestyle, Michael Phelps was all smiles after helping Team USA to a gold medal in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay in 7:05.17 with teammates Conor Dwyer, Ryan Lochte (fastest split of 1:45.57) and Matt McLean. It is the 29-year-old’s first international meet since coming out of retirement.

“Being able to get back on the podium, it feels amazing,” Phelps said after the race. “It’s a good first day. Good first international meet back.

“There’s no better way to finish this lovely, rainy night then being able to step up with your teammates and win a gold medal,” Phelps said.

Phelps was fourth in his first final event, the 100-meter freestyle in 48.51, but then swam second leg on the winning relay. “I don’t think the 100 was terrible, I am learning all the time,” said the 18-time Olympic gold medalist.

Phelps’ time bumped him ahead of Ryan Lochte for the second individual 100 freestyle spot for world championships.

Aussie Cameron McEvoy won the 100-meter freestyle in 47.82 competing in pouring rain. Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian of Team USA was second in 48.30 and two-time world champion James Magnussen of Australia was third in 48.36.

“I just felt great the whole way,” McEvoy said. “It was an honor to be in a race with such great men, so much those guys have accomplished. What more could I ask for?”

In the women’s 100-meter freestyle, sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell of Australia, coming off the Commonwealth Games, finished one-two. Cate Campbell won in 52.72. Bronte Campbell finished in 53.45. Simone Manuel of Team USA took the bronze in 53.71, her first international medal and junior world record, after holding off teammate Missy Franklin, still nursing back spasms, who was fourth in 53.87.

American women won two more gold medals to end the night. Jessica Hardy held off a hard-charging Kanako Watanabe of Japan to win the 100-meter breaststroke, 1:06.74-1:06.78. American Breeja Larson took bronze in 1:06.99, failing to swim under 1:06.51, unable to make the world championships in the event.

Teenager Katie Ledecky, 17, anchored the winning 4×200-meter freestyle relay with a come-from-behind surge that clinched the win in a meet record 7:46.40 with teammates Shannon Vreeland, Franklin and Leah Smith. Ledecky’s anchor split was 1:54.36.

It was Ledecky’s third gold medal after winning the 200- and 800-meter freestyle double on opening night. She has the 400 and 1500 remaining.

“This is the best feeling ever,” Ledecky said. “It’s great to be here with these girls. This atmosphere, it’s kind of like a classic environment like Friday Night Lights, rain and a relay, so it was pretty fun.”

Japan won two gold medals in the men’s events. At only 5-foot-9, 150-pounds, Kosuke Hagino finessed his way to a win in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:08.31, ahead of Americans Tyler Clary in 4:09.03 and Chase Kalisz in 4:09.62. The medal stand was a sight with Hagino, 6-1 Clary and 6-4 Kalisz.

Yasuhiro Koseki won the 100-meter breaststroke in 59.62. Felipe Silva of Brazil took the silver in 59.82 and Glenn Snyders of New Zealand took bronze in 1:00.18. American Kevin Cordes was disqualified for pulling his water-filled goggles off at the turn. Cordes was the top seed in the event.

Coaches and swimmers from all countries are in agreement that the poor weather is slowing down times. However, Team USA has won eight out of 16 gold medals and 20 of 30 medals overall after two days, midway point of the four-day meet.

Host Australia has already matched its 2010 total of four gold medals and has 13 overall. Japan also has four gold and eight overall.

For those following the Pan Pacs and enjoy being sleep-deprived on the East Coast, prelims are 8 p.m. and finals 5 a.m.

NBC will broadcast highlight races from the Pan Pacs on Saturday and Sunday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. each day. In Australia the entire meet is being televised live.

Swimming Australia is live streaming the meet on its website (www.swimming.org.au).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com