Day 2 Finals (Part 2)

Annamay PierseRyan Cochrane

Had to take a little break while Pierse and Cochrane dropped by our seating area to chat with some of our sponsors.  

These two do such a great job of really doing their part to sell the sport - they were two of the marquee names signing autographs earlier in the meet for the general public as well.

6:58pm. "B" final of women's 400 IM. Hunks (UBCD) finishes third in 4:46.38; Dodds (LOSC) fifth in 4:49.64.

7:05pm. Women's "A" final 400 IM. Canucks again in the outside lanes with Komarnycky in lane 1 and Lindsay Seeman in Lane 8. Beisel and Leverenz (USA) have to be the heavy favorites here as they dominated this am.
Hamill (AUS) first at the 100 in 1:02.58, and then isn't giving much back over the backstroke. Beisel comes back on second 50 of the backstroke, thgough. 2:12.22 to 2:12.61 at the 200m mark.
Beisel has over 1.5 seconds halfway through the breastroke and really has this race under control. Leverenz has come back stronly on Hamill, and has second at the 300m mark.
Final 50m an Beisel has 5m clear on everyone while Hamill has made up ground on Leverenz.
At the finish, Beisel wins easily in 4:34.69, while Hamill came back to take second in 4:37.84 over Leverenz's 4:38.03.
Komarnycky was sixth in 4:42.25, while Seeman was eighth in 4:45.36.

7:21pm. Jordan Hartney is lone Canadian in "B" final of men's 400 IM. Swimming lane 3, he's first at the 100m and then also through 200m. Margalis took the lead on the breastroke, though, and with 50m to go, had just over a second.
Gemmel makes a strong push over the final 50m as well, but Margalis holds on to win in 4:17.28 with Hartney taking second in 4:19.04.
7:25pm. "A" final of men's 400 IM. Just like with the women, the Yanks have to be the favourites here, with no one else coming close to the sub-4:10 swims of Clary and Lochte.
Johns in Lane 2.
Lochte's long loping fly stroke has him out in 25.5 at the 50m. Has a body length at the 100m in 54.98 - UNDER world record pace!!
Lochte has clear water at the 200m mark. 1:46.73, almost 3 sec. ahead of Clarey. Johns back in fourth behind Pereira.
Lochte falls off world record pace in the breastroke, but still has clear water over the field.
At the finish, Lochte first in new PanPacs record of 4:07.59 with Clary second in 4:09.55. Pereira faded on the free and finished third in 4:12.09, and Horihata came from behind to pass Johns in final 5m to take fourth in 4:15.99. Johns' time was 4;16.21 for fifth.
7:35pm. So, for those keeping score at home, in the Olympic events tonight, the Americans went five for six in gold medals. Kitijima's win the 100 breast was the only non-USA win.

And with that, we're going to call it a night. Battery is way low and the Verizon MiFi connection I'm using is getting really sketchy.
Touch-ups will come later tonight, along with results from the 4x200 Free relays.

Post-meet wrap-up:

Women:  Solid swims by Canadians, being within half a second of first place for the first half of the race.  USA and AUS gradually pulled ahead, though over the final 200m, though, with the Americans winning in 7:51.21.  Australia second in 7:53., and Canada third in 7:54.??

Men:  USA clearly the class of the field here, with Phelps putting a body length on the field on the first leg and then the three other guys (Vanderkaay, Berens, and Lochte) putting more and more distance on every other team.  There was a close battle for second and third between Japan, AUS, and Canada through the entire race, with Australia pulling away on the third segment of the race.  Japan and Canada were separated by less than a tenth for third with 100m and then 50m to go.  But the Japanese swimmer put in a monstrous final 50m to go past Canada, and then even the Aussies.  

At the end:  USA - 7:03.84; Japan - 7:11.01; Australia - 7:11.06; Canada - 7:12.66

So, at the halfway point of the meet, the overall medal standings are as follows:

  1. USA - 23
  2. Australia - 13
  3. Japan - 5
  4. Canada - 3
  5. Korea - 1 

Which means that my brilliant (to me) notion of making this meet into a "USA Takes on the Rest of Pacific Rim" pseudo-dual meet, would be pretty cool.  Under the current rules (two per country limit in the "A" final), USA would have 23 medals to 25 for the other countries in attendance.  And if the rules were adjusted to allow a max. of FOUR swimmers from one country into the "A" final (or even, just eliminate that provision altogether).....you're telling me that this wouldn't increase the competitiveness, excitement, and interest in and of this meet for spectators, broadcasters, swimmers, sponsors, etc?  Really?  

Tell me why this wouldn't be absolutely fantastic for this meet.  You can't, can you? :)