Pan Pacs are off and running. The time difference is a bit of a pain in the butt and the rule that only 2 swimmers from each country can be entered in the Finals is also vexing.
Women’s 200 Free
Can Katie Ledecky be stopped? She was out faster than anyone at the 100 and came home faster than anyone — that’s a recipe for winning. Missy Franklin won the B Final in a CR. Ledecky broke that the following heat for the victory. It’ll be interesting to see what Ledecky can do in SCY in the 200 Free — especially once she gets to Stanford. With her vastly improved turns and kickouts, it’s hard to think someone will be able to beat her in the NCAA.
Men’s 200 Free
Similar to European Championships, nobody really threw down a time that was eye-popping. But, Australia continues to look strong with Thomas Fraser-Holmes clipping the 1:46.0 barrier and Cameron McEvoy just a few tenths behind for 3rd. The 20 year old from Japan, Kosuke Hagino, grabbed silver only .10 behind Fraser-Holmes.
Conor Dwyer was 4th and Ryan Lochte 5th — not too far behind but not on the podium.
Women’s 100 Back
Emily Seebohm must not have been up all night on Twitter like she was at the London games. She dominated the field from the get-go. She was the only woman under 29 on the way out — 58.84 is really, really fast. The only other girl under a minute was Silver medalist and compatriot, Belinda Hocking. Missy Franklin came in 3rd after swimming a solid 200 Free and Kathleen Baker, only 17 from SwimMac, qualified for Worlds next year by winning the B Final in 1:00.35.
Men’s 100 Back
Grevers (53.09) couldn’t come back to catch on Ryosuke Irie (53.02). Ryan Murphy, still just a teenager, grabbed Bronze in a very impressive 53.27, touching out Mitchell Larkin of Australia by .01. David Plummer, much like Kathleen Baker, grabbed his Worlds team spot by dropping a 53.19 to win the B Final.
Ledecky. Of course. Just off her WR. Becca Mann dropped 4 seconds good enough for 4th place and a trip to Worlds, as well.
Women’s 200 Fly
Cammile Adams and Katie McLaughlin both had great swims — good for Gold and Bronze, respectively.
Both split the race magnificently:
29.15 32.49 32.50 32.47
28.73 32.66 32.84 32.85
And, Maya Dirado won the B Final in a solid 2:07.42.
Great swims from America in an event we haven’t won a Gold medal at in the Olympics since 2000 or Worlds since 2007.
Men’s 200 Fly
No Tom Shields thanks to a DQ. Daiya Seto, the IM King, won by barely breaking 1:55. Tyler Clary grabbed Bronze but did so with impressive splits. His 200 Back is going to be very strong on the back half.
Connor Jaeger’s biceps apparently can defeat Canadian Ryan Cochrane. 14:51 is good — it’s just not the 14:39 that the Italian Stallion did it in yesterday at Euro Champs.