Wow — Pan Pacs have been pretty darn exciting thus far! Here are a few thoughts from Day 2 Finals…

Women’s 100 Breast
Jessica Hardy did what I love watching swimmers do — get out fast. Out in 30.96, she was well in front of 17 year old Kanak Wantanabe from Japan. Though Wantanabe made up .77 seconds on the way home, it was not enough to overcome Hardy’s blistering first 50.

1 HARDY, JESSICA 27 UNITED STATES 1:06.94 1:06.74
r:+0.69 30.96 1:06.74 (35.78)
2 WATANABE, KANAK 17 JAPAN 1:06.83 1:06.78
r:+0.79 31.77 1:06.78 (35.01)
3 LARSON, BREEJA 22 UNITED STATES 1:07.06 1:06.99
r:+0.77 31.67 1:06.99 (35.32)

Micah Lawrence had a great swim to win the B Final, as well.

9 LAWRENCE, MICAH 24 UNITED STATES 1:07.54 1:07.16
r:+0.74 31.75 1:07.16 (35.41)

Men’s 100 Breast
I’m still surprised at how difficult it is to break the 1:00 minute barrier in LCM (let alone :59!). Roman Sloudnov, the former Russian WR holder, was the first man under back in June of 2001. And he did it with the awkward pull where his elbows go super far back.

The big story for America was that Kevin Cordes was disqualified — again. This time, though, individually. He false started on the 4MR at World’s last summer even though we won by 1.5 seconds.

And, he did the same thing this year at NCAA’s.

This time it seems his cap fell off, goggles filled up, and was DQ’ed at the turn while trying to take them off.

Your heart goes out to him, for sure. Are you concerned about him disqualifying the 4MR in Rio on the biggest stage? If we were underwriting him based on risk, he’d have quite an inflated premium, that’s for sure.

1 KOSEKI, YASUHIR 22 JAPAN 1:00.20 59.62
r:+0.67 27.91 59.62 (31.71)
2 SILVA, FELIPE F 27 BRAZIL 59.92 59.82
r:+0.71 27.82 59.82 (32.00)
3 SNYDERS, GLENN 27 NEW ZEALAND 1:00.41 1:00.18
r:+0.64 27.70 1:00.18 (32.48)
4 FINK, NICOLAS 21 UNITED STATES 1:00.72 1:00.24
r:+0.73 28.33 1:00.24 (31.91)
5 FUNK, RICHARD 21 CANADA 1:00.82 1:00.36
r:+0.61 28.52 1:00.36 (31.84)
6 PACKARD, JAKE 20 AUSTRALIA 1:00.44 1:00.54
r:+0.70 28.07 1:00.54 (32.47)
7 TOMITA, NAOYA 25 JAPAN 1:01.11 1:01.08
r:+0.61 28.42 1:01.08 (32.66)
r:+0.75 28.21 DQ (31.98)

Women’s 100 Free
The Campbell sisters are monsters for Australia. Simone Manuel has been very consistent which is great to see.

1 CAMPBELL, CATE 22 AUSTRALIA 52.62 52.72.
r:+0.77 25.35 52.72 (27.37)
r:+0.69 25.91 53.45 (27.54)
r:+0.68 25.80 53.71 (27.91)
r:+0.74 25.99 53.87 (27.88)

And Melanie Schlanger continues swimming outstanding. Apparently she has been pondering retirement after her wedding in October. This meet might just change her mind!

Men’s 100 Free
Michael Phelps swam really well. He has got to be happy to make the World Championship in the 100 Free. He was out slow and back fast — what else is new? He will have to continue to work on his true speed to be able to compete with the World’s best. His closing speed is in a league of its own. But, when you are out .98 seconds slower at the halfway point, there just isn’t enough pool to catch up.

Anthony Ervin, on the other hand, was out fast and back slow.

AE was out in 22.57 to his feet. Phelps was back in 24.69.

Anthony Phelps would have gone 47.26.

Florent Manadou won the 100 Free at European Championship today. His splits? 22.5/25.4 = 47.98. Speed wins.

Women’s 400 IM
The former Gator, Elizabeth Beisel, crushed the non-American field by almost 7 full seconds. She broke the Pan Pacs record and wasn’t too far off (.87) the American record held by Katie Hoff.
The B Final saw America go 1-2-3-4. Caitlin Leverenz’s winning time would have placed her 3rd overall making it a clean sweep. Australia misses Stephanie Rice in that event I’m sure.

Men’s 400 IM
Tyler Clary looked strong again — came home in a 27.74 trying to run down Hagino from Japan after he dusted him on the breast. He will give Irie one helluva fight tomorrow in the 2 Back.
Chase Kalisz broke 4:10 to round out the podium. He nearly broke 1:10 on the breaststroke leg, the fastest in the field.

Kosuke Hagino, though, continued to be on point at these Pan Pacs. He had strong splits from each of his strokes leading off with the fastest first 100.

In fact, Japan as a whole looks to be very strong in a multitude of events. Heck, the Men’s 8FR beat Australia!

Women’s 800 Free Relay
1:54.36 anchor from Ledecky. She absolutely steamrolled Schlanger, who had a decent headstart of 1.20 seconds. After the first 100, she was already staring her nearly dead in the face.

Men’s 800 Free Relay
Instead of throwing Phelps or Lochte first or fourth they put them in the middle. Matt McLean anchored and came up big taking down Japanese veteran Takeshi Matsuda.

That Japanese team was also quite young other that Matsuda. 20, 18, 20. Yikes.

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