Team USA Wins Seven Gold Medals to Open Junior Pan Pacs
MAUI, Hawaii – Highlighted by meet record swims from rising stars Andrew Seliskar in the 200-meter butterfly and Townley Haas in the 200m freestyle, Team USA won gold in seven of eight events Wednesday to open the 2014 Junior Pan Pacific Championships at the Kihei Aquatic Center.
After initially setting a meet record in the prelim session, Seliskar (Nation’s Capital Swim Club) won the 200m fly by more than two seconds with a time of 1 minute, 55.92 seconds. Haas (NOVA of Virginia Aquatics) notched a time of 1:48.32 in the 200m free to eclipse a four-year-old meet mark in the event.
Also earning gold medals for Team USA on the opening night of competition were Katie Drabot (Ouzakee Aquatics) in the 200m free (1:58.73), Amy Bilquist (Carmel Swim Club) in the 100m back (1:01.00), Connor Green (Bluefish Swim Club) in the 100m back (55.08), Sierra Schmidt (North Baltimore Aquatic Club) in the 800m free (8:34.71) and Liam Egan (Crimson Aquatics) in the 1500m free (15:15.53).
The U.S. earned 15 total medals on night one – seven gold, three silver and five bronze. Complete meet results can be found here.
Winning silver for Team USA were Blake Pieroni (Indiana University Swim Team) in the 200m free (1:48.85), Michael Andrew (Indie Swimming) in the 100m back (55.81) and Cassidy Bayer (Nation’s Capital Swim Club) in the 200m fly (2:09.08)
Bronze medalists for the U.S. included Courtney Harnish (York YMCA) in the 200m free (2:00.46) and 800m free (8:40.67), Corey Okubo (Aquazot Swim Club) in the 200m fly (1:59.23), Hannah Kukurugya (Crown Point Swim Club) in the 200m fly (2:09.68) and Sean Grieshop (Nitro Swimming) in the 1500m free (15:29.87).
Running through Saturday, prelim pool sessions begin at 9 a.m. locally (3 p.m. EDT), with finals set for 5 p.m. locally (11 p.m. EDT). Complete meet details, including a schedule of events, can be found here.
An exclusive, live webcast of the entire meet is hosted at usaswimming.org.
All competing swimmers at Junior Pan Pacs must be ages 13-18 as of the first day of competition. The entire Team USA roster can be found here.