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
http://www.swim4soflo.com

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

Bolles Alum Ryan Murphy Takes Bronze At Pan Pacs

Bolles Alum Ryan Murphy Takes Bronze At Pan Pacs


By Sharon Robb

August 21, 2014–The opening night of the Pan Pacific Championships was a mixed bag of results Thursday at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre in Southport, Australia.

Ryan Murphy, a Pan Pacs U.S. national team rookie and Bolles alum won his first medal in the 100-meter backstroke, taking bronze in 53.27.

It was the Cal-Berkeley sophomore’s fifth international medal. He took a bronze medal at the 2011 Pan American Games, gold and bronze medals at the 2012 FINA Short Course World Championships and bronze at 2011 Junior World Championships.

With Missy Franklin still nursing back spasms, Olympic silver medalist Emily Seebohm of Australia avenged her loss to Franklin at the 2012 Olympics by winning the 100-meter backstroke in a Pan Pacs record of 58.84, fastest time in the world this year.

Aussie teammate Belinda Hocking was second in 59.78 and Franklin was third in 1:00.30. Franklin had won the event at the 2012 Olympics and 2013 World Championships, beating Seebohm each time.

“I felt pretty comfortable in the first 50 meters,” Seebohm said. “Seeing where Missy was out of the corner of my eye, it definitely gave me a bit more on the back 50 which was exactly what I needed.

“I haven’t beaten Franklin and that gives me confidence going through,” Seebohm said. “A win is a win and sometimes you don’t feel fantastic and have to get out there and do your best.”

Franklin struggled through morning prelims. She failed to qualify for the 200-meter freestyle final but made it to the backstroke championship final.

“I was able to get out there and race which is what I wanted to do,” Franklin said. “There’s definitely some discomfort still, but it’s getting much, much better day by day. I’m definitely keeping my head high.”

Despite a miserable weather night at the new outdoor pool at Southport, (cold, windy and scattered showers), it was a great opening night for host Australia.

World-ranked Thomas Fraser-Holmes of Australia topped an impressive field in the 200-meter freestyle to win gold in 1:45.98 ahead of Japan’s Kosuke Hagino in 1:46.08. Aussie Cameron McEvoy took the bronze in 1:46.36.

Americans Connor Dwyer (1:46.45) and Ryan Lochte (1:46.75) were shut out of medals.

“I definitely wanted to go faster, I am still learning to swim this,” Lochte said.

American teenager Katie Ledecky lived up to expectations winning the 200- and 800-meter freestyles in meet record times while again flirting with her own world record in the 800.

Ledecky opened the night winning the 200-meter freestyle by nearly two seconds in 1:55.74. She broke Franklin’s Pan Pac record of 1:56.04 Franklin had just swam to win the “B” final. Aussie Bronte Barratt was second in 1:57.22 and American Shannon Vreeland was third in 1:57.38.

The 17-year-old then won the 800-meter freestyle in 8:11.35, breaking Janet Evans’ meet record of 8:16.22, set in 1989.

New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle took the silver in 8:18.87 and Canadian Brittany Maclean was third in 8:20.02. Former Clearwater swimmer Becca Mann was fourth in 8:22.45. Venezuela’s Andreina Pinto of Gator Swim Club was sixth in 8:30.66.

Cammile Adams won Team USA’s second gold medal of the night in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:06.61. Japan’s Natsumi Hoshi was second in 2:06.78 and American Katie McLaughlin was third in 2:07.08.

Matt Grevers came through for the American men. After breaking the Pan Pacs record in the 100-meter backstroke during prelims, Grevers took a silver in 53.09, just getting out-touched by Japan’s Ryosuke Irie in 53.02.

With American Tom Shields not in the final after being disqualified in prelims, Japan’s Daiya Seto won the gold medal in the 200-meter butterfly in 1:54.92. Brazilian Leonardo de Deus was second in 1:55.28 and American Tyler Clary was third in 1:55.42. Japan had four of the top six finishers in morning prelims.

In an exciting distance race, American Connor Jaeger won the men’s team’s first gold medal, winning the 1500-meter freestyle just out-touching Canadian Ryan Cochrane, 14:51.79-14:51.97. Aussie Mack Horton was third in 14:52.78.

For those following the Pan Pacs 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 four-day meet is being televised live.

Swimming Australia is live streaming the meet on its website (www.swimming.org.au).
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Lochte Finishes With Six Gold Medals On Final Night Of Pan Pacific Championships

Lochte Finishes With Six Gold Medals On Final Night Of Pan Pacific Championships


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

August 21, 2010

Ryan Lochte led a dominant U.S. performance Saturday night at the Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships in Irvine, Calif.

The Floridian shined on the fourth and final night by making a run at his world record in the 200-meter individual medley.

The 26-year-old who lives and trains in Gainesville fell just 0.33 seconds short of his own world record as he won his sixth gold medal, the most of any competitor.

Lochte was hoping to become the first swimmer to break a world record since the high-tech bodysuits were banned by FINA in January. Lochte set the world record of 1:54.10 at last summer’s world championships in Rome.

Lochte won in a meet record 1 minutes, 54.53 seconds, finishing ahead of teammate Tyler Clary, who took home his third silver medal in 1:57.61.

It was the fastest time in the world this year and third fastest time ever. The race also earned Lochte the men’s top performance award of the meet.

“That’s absolutely amazing, to come that close to that time non-suited,” Clary said. “I’m hugely proud of him for it.”

Lochte expected this to be his best race and was hoping to back up his victory over Michael Phelps two weeks ago at the national championships. But Phelps scratched from the 200 IM to save himself for the relay and Lochte was wishing the 200 IM had come earlier in the week after an exhausting schedule.

Still, Lochte was on world-record pace after a 24.86 butterfly split and 53.28 100-meter split after the backstroke despite hitting the lane line. He pulled away from the field on the breaststroke (1:26.99) and led by nearly two body lengths on the freestyle.

“I wanted to prove to everyone that my win at nationals wasn’t a fluke,” Lochte said. “I knew I had it in my sight. All the swims I had earlier in the week made me a little tired.

“Man, if I had just taken one or two more dolphin kicks I would have had it,” Lochte said. “It felt good the whole way until the last 20 meters. This is just a stepping stone for the next two years and hopefully to bigger and better things. I am just getting ready.”

On the final night, the U.S. won 13 medals, including six gold, four silvers and three bronze.

Joining Lochte as the women’s top performer of the meet was Rebecca Soni, based on her 200-meter breaststroke performance, also on Saturday night. Soni won in 2:20.69, the sixth fastest time ever and also lowered the 11-year-old meet record.

The United States finished with 47 medals (25 gold, 15 silver, 7 bronze) followed by Australia (25 medals, 4 gold, 12 silver, 9 bronze) and Japan (11 medals, 2 gold, 4 silver and 5 bronze).

The top five finishers were the U.S. with 489.5 points; Australia, 311.5; Japan, 234; Canada, 177; and Brazil, 70. U.S. national team captains Jason Lezak, Amanda Beard and Natalie Coughlin accepted the crystal team champion cup.

Other final results Saturday night:

Women 200-meter individual medley: Aussie Emily Seebohm chased down world and American record holder Ariana Kukors of the U.S., the morning’s top qualifier, to win gold in a meet record 2:09.93. Kukors took silver in 2:10.25 and U.S. teammate Caitlin Leverenz took bronze in 2:11.21. Seebohm had a half-body length lead on Kukors during the butterfly leg and maintained her lead on the backstroke. Kukors tried to make up ground on the breaststroke, and led briefly going into the wall but Seebohm came on strong in the freestyle to edge Kukors. “This is a big boost for me,” Seebohm said. “I came out tonight and wanted to bust the first 100 and hold on as close as I could. I have good speed in the front and back.”

Women 50-meter freestyle: Sentimental U.S. favorite Jessica Hardy, racing at her first international meet since returning from a doping ban after testing positive for a substance contained in a food supplement, broke the course record in 24.63 to win her third gold medal of the meet. Hardy popped up quickly after the start with straight-arm recovery while building the 50. She surged at the 25-meter mark to touch first. U.S. teammate Amanda Weir was second in 24.70, also dipping under the meet record, and Canadian Victoria Poon was third in 24.76. “I tried to swim my own race,” Hardy said. “I put my head down from the beginning and worked hard. My confidence is getting better and better. These past two years have been really hard. I am really happy to be back and happy with way I am right now.” American Kara Lynn Joyce won the “B” final in 25.26.

Men 50-meter freestyle: America’s new sprint hope Nathan Adrian ran down world champion Cesar Cielo of Brazil, the morning’s top qualifier in 21.64, first breaking the meet record. While Cielo had a faster reaction at the start, Adrian came up head. Cielo moved ahead slightly with Adrian charging in the final five meters to win in a meet record 21.55. Cielo also dipped under the meet record for second in 21.57. Canadian Brent Hayden was third in 21.89. “The last three meters was a scramble to get a hand on the wall,” Adrian said. “Obviously, the start and finish are the most important part of this race. I didn’t know I won when I touched the wall. It was another close one. Hopefully, it establishes America as another sprinting force to be reckoned with. It’s just a great confidence-booster. There’s maybe a little bit of a target on my back and I’ll have to work that much harder.” American record holder Cullen Jones was sixth in 22.10.

Women 200-meter breaststroke: American Rebecca Soni, the top morning qualifier, flirted with the world record but settled for the meet record in 2:20.69, fastest time in the world this year in a textile suit. Aussie Leisel Jones was second in 2:23.23, also dipping under the meet record. World record holder Annamay Pierse of Canada was third in 2:23.65. New mom Amanda Beard, 28, who qualified second (2:25.52) in prelims, was fifth in 2:24.30. Soni took the lead at the 100-meter mark in 1:07.58 and extended her lead to more than a body length in 1:43.91. “I definitely felt the crowd behind me, my nerves were going crazy,” Soni said. “I knew what I wanted to do. Winning this is a great thing, I am really happy with the swim. I am not sure about the world record. It’s the end of the season, maybe next taper season at worlds.”

Men 200-meter breaststroke: Japan’s Kosuke Kitajima, the top morning qualifier, was under world record pace at the first wall in 28.80. He continued to look strong at the 100 in 1:01.53  and 1:34.61 at the 150-meter mark before finishing a body length ahead of the field in a meet record 2:08.36. “I am very tired,” Kitajima said. “Frankly, I was worried about the 200. I think I did a very good time and I am happy.” Aussie Brenton Rickard was second in 2:09.97 and American Eric Shanteau was third in 2:10.13.

Women 1500-meter freestyle: American Kate Ziegler led for most of the race until Aussie Melissa Gorman came on in the final 200 meters to win the gold in 16:01.53. Ziegler was second in 16:03.26 and Kriste Kobrich won Chile’s first medal with a third place in 16:06.57. “I was really tired and tried to build into that race,” Gorman said. “I focused on myself and bringing it home. Kate has a lot of speed and I knew she would be out in front. This is really great to continue the Australian distance tradition.”

Men 800-meter freestyle: Canadian Ryan Cochrane, a silver medalist in the 400 freestyle, won in 7:48.71, the second fastest time in the world. The race was never in doubt. American Chad LaTourette was second in 7:51.62 and Takeshi Matsuda was third in 7:51.87. “It’s been a long race, I just wanted to get my hand on the wall first,” Cochrane said. “It’s not about this meet, it’s about two years from now. It’s been a long week and I am pretty tired. I am just surprised that everyone is surprised at me about the 400.”

Women 4×100-meter medley relay: In a thrilling finish, Dana Vollmer brought the U.S. back into contention on the butterfly leg and Jessica Hardy pulled away on the freestyle leg to give the U.S. a meet record in 3:55.23.  “This has been really amazing, the girls really stepped up,” Vollmer said. Australia took silver in 3:56.96 and Japan took the bronze in 3:57.75.

Men 4×100-meter medley relay: Phelps saved the day helping to turn back upset-minded and early leader Japan. Japan had nearly a body length lead on the U.S. after Kitajima’s breaststroke leg but a fresh Phelps, who scratched from the 200 IM to save himself for the relay, roared back on the butterfly to take back the lead and Adrian, swimming his first international relay leg, pulled away to ice the win in 3:32.48. Japan hung on for second in 3:33.90 and Australia was third in 3:35.55. “It’s always good to be able to finish with a winning relay,” Phelps said. “We have had some pretty good history in this race and to end the meet in front of our home crowd with a win is great.” Phelps finished with five golds including three on relays.

NBC will televise highlights of the meet on Sunday (5-6 p.m.).

Now the focus turns to the next major international meet for the U.S., the July 16-31, 2011 XIV FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China.

“Every race has been a dogfight,” Phelps said. “We’re having new guys step up and race, having the veterans step up and show some strength and put up some good times. Going into next year, we could very well have one of the strongest World Championship teams we’ve ever had.”

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Lochte Wins Two More Gold Medals At Pan Pacific Championships

Lochte Wins Two More Gold Medals At Pan Pacific Championships


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

August 20, 2010

The most popular name in swimming right now is Floridian Ryan Lochte.

Lochte, 26, the Olympic champion in the 200-meter backstroke, won his signature event Friday night for his fourth gold medal on Day 3 of the Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships in Irvine, Calif.

The tireless Lochte also came back to swim the second leg (47.98) of the winning men’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay that won in a meet record 3:11.74.

In the 200 backstroke, Lochte controlled the race from start to finish at the William Woolett Jr. Aquatics Center. Despite a small glitch in the final 10 meters when he hit the lane line, he finished in a meet record 1:54.12.

“I felt pretty controlled,” Lochte said. “I tried to hold back on my first 50. I learned that from my mistake in the 400 IM. I held back and went from there. In the last 10 meters, I was trying to stay in the middle but it didn’t work, I hit the lane line.”

Lochte touched the first wall in 27.26 with Tyler Clary just 2/10ths of a second behind. Lochte then built a bigger lead off his underwater dolphin kick and was 55.76 at the 100 mark. He picked up the pace on the third 50 off the wall with 10 dolphin kicks and had a body length lead going into the final 50.

Clary was second in 1:54.90 and Japan’s Ryosuke Irie was third in 1:55.21. Lochte was the fastest morning qualifier in 1:55.26, just ahead of  Clary’s 1:55.56.

“The year is going good for me,” Lochte said. “This meet is just a stepping stone for next year worlds and the Olympics. I am right where I need to be.”

The previous meet record was 1:54.44 set by world and American record holder Aaron Peirsol who failed to make the final.

Peirsol, the Olympic gold medalist, was shut out of the finals with a time of 1:56.22. “Nothing I can do about it,” Peirsol said. “The time I had to do wasn’t easy.” Peirsol ran away with the “B” final in 1:56.67.

Lochte has two events remaining headed into the fourth and final day of the pool events on Saturday. The open water events are Sunday.

The newly-committed Lochte who has dumped his fast food diet and dedicated himself even more for the lead-up to the 2012 Olympics, has caught everyone’s attention at the meet including Michael Phelps’ coach Bob Bowman.

“They’ve traded places,” Bowman said. “You know how I am. It’s very hard for me when I can’t follow a plan. With Michael we have a five-minute plan. My other guys, we have a four-year plan.

“You can tell Ryan looks better,” Bowman said. “He’s definitely fitter. And that means you train better. That’s something, a good thing for Michael, something he’s never done that he can really improve on. We have at least one thing we can really do a lot better.”

Phelps looked better than he has all week in the 100-meter butterfly.

The 14-time Olympic gold medalist won the event in a meet record 50.86. It was his second gold medal after winning the 200 butterfly on Wednesday.

Phelps reaction time was slow off the blocks but he made up for it at the turn with a 24.0 split. After the turn he came up in the lead and held on. U.S. teammate Tyler McGill was second in 51.85 and Japan’s Takuro Fujii was third in 52.12.

“The first 50 I wasn’t happy with, I couldn’t get it going,” Phelps said. “I wanted to stay underwater as long as could coming off the wall. I tried to keep the momentum I built coming home.

“The hardest thing for us as a team is to get up in the morning and be able to fight for spots in the final,” Phelps said. “It is hard to have two tough swims in one day with the competition here and on the team. For the guys and girls who are able to do that here, it is good for the future.”

Phelps also swam a great leadoff leg (48.13) for the men’s winning 4×100-meter freestyle relay.

A day after his disappointment of not making the 400-meter individual medley, Phelps seemed to feel better about his swims.

“I feel a little bit better today than I have the last couple of days,” Phelps said after morning prelims where he was the fastest qualifier in 51.48. “Probably because there are only two laps instead of four.

“I wanted to break the Pan Pac record this morning but to have two Americans going under 52 is pretty good. The times are faster in the events here than I did at nationals. If I can go faster than I did at the nationals then that would be good.

“My conditioning level is still four, four-and-a-half out of 10. I think the real test for my motivation will be when I get back in the pool and when I start full training again.”

Other final results Friday night:

Women’s 400-meter freestyle: American Chloe Sutton took control at the 300-meter mark and held off Aussie Katie Goldman in the last 10 meters to win in a career-best 4:05.19. Goldman was second in 4:05.84 and her teammate Blair Evans was third in 4:06.36. American Allison Schmitt was fourth in 4:06.73. “I can’t believe that just happened,” Sutton said. “I am really so happy. Honestly, I didn’t think I could do it. I thought I was going to finish second. I am so excited. I was still fighting at the end. I had my eye on the Australians. When I touched the wall I was so happy.” It was Sutton’s last pool event. She will now get ready for the 10K open water swim on Sunday. Two weeks after winning the national title in the event, Katie Hoff failed to advance into the championship final. She finished with the fifth fastest time in 4:08.93 but was surpassed by U.S. teammates Chloe Sutton, Allison Schmitt and Kate Ziegler, who also did not advance. Ziegler ended up winning the “B” final in 4:05.52.

Men’s 400-meter freestyle: Korean Park Tae Hwan turned it on in the last 100 meters to win in 3:44.73, fastest time in the world this year. Canadian Ryan Cochrane, the early leader, was second in 3:46.78 and China’s Zhang Lin was third in 3:46.91.

Women’s 100-meter butterfly: American record holder Dana Vollmer came back in the second half of the race to win in 57.56. “I knew I had to get going and moving after the first wall and just chugged it home,” said Vollmer, whose fiancé surprised her by showing up in Irvine to watch her race. Vollmer also anchored the winning 4×100-meter freestyle relay team that won in a meet record 3:35.11. American teammate Christine Magnuson was second in 57.95 and Aussie Alicia Coutts was third in 57.99. Aussie 14-year-old Yolane Kukla, leading after the first 50, faded to fourth in 58.22.

Women 200-meter backstroke: American Elizabeth Beisel held off teammate Elizabeth Pelton in the final 10 meters to win her second gold medal of the Pan Pacs in a meet record 2:07.83. Beisel was at 1:35.62 off the final wall but Pelton had a stroke lead after her underwater kick. Pelton finished second in 2:08.10 and Aussie Belinda Hocking was third in 2:08.60. All three swimmers finished under the old meet record of 2:08.86. “It was all pain in the last 50, it hurt so much,” Beisel said. “I am happy with the time. It’s my best time in this suit. I have been able to relax more at this meet. I am having fun now. Nationals was a little stressful.” American teenager Missy Franklin won the “B” final in a career-best 2:08.05

Women 50-meter breaststroke: With a quick reaction off the start, American Jessica Hardy, the fastest morning qualifier, won in 30.03.

“I was really, really pleased with this time,” Hardy said. “I am really excited and happy in front of my family and friends.” Aussies Leiston Pickett was second in 30.75 and Leisel Jones was third in 30.78.

Men 50-meter breaststroke: Brazil’s Felipe Silva, the top morning qualifier, led from wire-to-wire to win in 27.28. American Mark Gangloff was second in 27.52 and Canadian Scott Dickens was third in 27.63. Japan’s Kosuke Kitajima tied for fifth in 27.67.

For the second day in a row, the U.S. swept the men’s and women’s relays, this time the 4×100-meter freestyle. The women’s team of Natalie Coughlin, Hardy, Amanda Weir and Vollmer won in a meet record 3:35.11 breaking the previous U.S. meet record of 3:35.80. The U.S. men’s relay of Phelps, Lochte, Jason Lezak and Nathan Adrian won in 3:11.74, also a meet record.

Saturday’s events are men’s and women’s 200-meter individual medley, 50 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, women’s 1500 freestyle and men’s 800 freestyle. A total of 21 countries including the Pan Pac charter nations of Canada, Australia, Japan and the U.S. are competing. Brazil, China and Korea are also entered.

It is the biggest international meet of the year for Americans and other non-European swimmers. Only the top two finishers from each country are allowed to advance into the finals.

Prelims are 1 p.m. EST and finals 9 p.m. EST. Prelims and finals are being webcast on SwimNetwork.com and also being shown on Universal Sports. NBC will televise the meet on Saturday (4-6 p.m.) and Sunday (5-6 p.m.).

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