Another fairly solid day for Canada at PanPacs in Irvine, California, with three medals coming to the Canadian squad, highlighted by another superb performance medal-winning performance by Island Swimming's Ryan Cochrane.
PanPacs Day 3
Women's 400 Free
"B" final - awesome swim by Kate Ziegler as she blew away the field, winning in:4:05.52 - 7th fastest time in the world this year. And that was the "B" final. I'm guessing she'll be wishing she was just a little faster in prelims this morning. Cheverton and King faster than this am - 4:12.53 and 4:13.34 for 4th-5th.
"A" final - Alexa Komarnycky (IS) is the top Canadian seed - lane 7. Chloe Sutton (USA) took the lead after the mid-way point,b ut still behind Ziegler's pace from the "B" final. She found another gear, though on the final 75m, though, and won in 4:05.19, with Katie Goldman (AUS) second in 4:05.84, and Blair Evans (AUS) third in 4:06.36. Komarnycky was seventh in 4:12.67.
Men's 400 Free
"B" Final. Michael Klueh wins it in 3:50.36. Hassan Abdel Khalik was the lone Canadian and he finished eighth in 3:58.15.
"A" final Cochrane seeded fifth in lane 2. Field stuck together through the first 100m, then Cochrane took charge with a massive second 100m. At the 200m mark, he's clear by half a body length over Park Tae Hwan.
Park puts in a killer third 100, though, and closes to within 2/100 at the 300m mark, with Cochrane still in first in 2:50.76 to Park's 2:50.78.
Park turned on his huge kick even more on the final 100m and pulled away from the rest of the field to win in 3:44.73. Vanderkaay and Zhang Lin made huge comeback over final 100m as well, but Cochrane found just enough over the final 15m to touch second in 3:46.78, with third in 3:46.91.
Silver medal for Canada!!
Women's 100 Fly
"B" Final. Mackenzie Downing (UVPCS) representing Canada in Lane 2. Aussies Schipper and Galvez finish 1-2 in 58.26 and 58.50, respectively. Downing fifth in 1:00.01.
Savard and Lacroix representing Canada in Lanes 2 and 8. Americans Magnuson and Vollmer top seeds by quite a bit from this morning. Kukla (AUS) first at the 50 in 26.6 (?) - ahead of world record pace. Americans came back very strongly on the second 50, though, as Kukla paid for that youthful exuberance on the first 50. At the finish, Vollmer touched first in 57.56 with Magnuson second in 57.95, just out-touching Alicia Coutts (AUS) who was 57.99. Kukla was fourth in 58.22.
Men's 100 Fly
"B" Final. Bartoch lone Canadian in Lane 2. American Tim Phillips is the class of the field, though, going through 50m in 24.26 finishing in 52.21. Bartoch the first of a bunch behind him, touching second in 53.20.
"A" Final. Phelps definitely gets the biggest cheer during introductions, noticeably more than his teammate, Tyler McGill in Lane 5.
Phelps first at the 50 - 24.03, just 1/100th ahead of Kishida. Phelps kills the rest of the field off the turn and then powers away over the final 50 to win by a full second in 50.86. McGill second in 51.85. No one else under 52 seconds.
Women's 200 Back
"B" Final. Missy Franklin (USA) easily the fastest in this race as she has a full second by the 100m mark, en route to winning in 2:08.05. Sinead Russell (CAN) was second in 2:11.65.
"A" Final. Cantin and Lavigna representing Canada in lanes 7 and 8. Americans Pelton and Beisel in lanes 4 and 5 take off after the 100m mark and pull away over the final 50m, with Beisel surging in the final 10m to win in 2:07.83. Pelton was second in 2:08.10.
Men's 200 Back
"B" Final. If ever there was a sure thing, it would be in this race. World record holder had the third-fastest time on the USA team this morning, so he's relegated to the "B" final. The only question: does he put up a "bleep-you" swim and try to beat everyone in the "A" final? 56.79 at the 100m mark; 1:26.68 at the 150 and finishes with a clear 3m over everyone else in 1:56.67, appearing to ease back a little in final 15m.
"A" Final. Lochte and Clary were both faster than PIersol's "B" final swim this morning. Lochte 55.76 at the 100, and then a beautiful underwater off the turn. And the same thing on the third turn. Pulling away for an easy win, but then with 10m to go, started fighting with the lane rope and lost a lot of his lead, but still won easily in 1:54.12. Clary second in 1:54.90. Irie (JPN) third in 1:55.21. Canadians Francis and Oriwol were seventh and eighth, respectively.
Lochte clearly the swimmer of the meet here, as this is fourth gold medal of the meet already. 200 IM tomorrow between him and Phelps should be interesting, with Lochte probably having the psychological advantage right now given the way he's swimming here versus Phelps. And the fact that he slapped Phelps in that same event at US Nationals a couple weeks ago.
Women's 50 Breast
Jessica Hardy (USA) blew away the field with her 30.03; next fastest were Pickett and Jones (AUS) over 7/10th behind. Top Canadian was Chelsey Salli, who was sixth in 31.55.
Men's 50 Breast
Despite a ninth-place finish from morning prelims, Scott Dickens (UBCD) was able to get into the final based on the two-swimmer rule for PanPacs "A" finals. And he made the most of that opportunity in winning a bronze medal, winning the touch against two other swimmers. Felipe Silva (BRA) won the race in 27.26, with Mark Gangloff (USA) getting the silver in 27.52. The other six swimmers in the race were separated by less than a tenth of a second with Dickens getting his hands on the wall first out of that group in 27.63. Eighth place was 27.70.
4x100 Free Relays
Placings for the Canadian teams went the same as they did in the 4x200 the previous night. On the women's side, once again, the Canadians picked up the bronze, but were closer tonight (3:38.14), placing less than a tenth behind the second-place Aussies (3:38.06). The Americans won handily 3:35.11.
On the men's side, again, the Canadians were just outside the medals, placing just over half a second behind third-place South Africa. The Aussies took the silver while the Americans won the race going away, almost three seconds ahead of AUS.