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US Swimmers Target Finals

US Swimmers Target Finals
Team USA Swimming at Nadi International Airport on August 19,2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia.
August 20
12:48 2018

Team USA will be represent­ed by 40 top up-and-coming swimmers at the 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Championships, set for August 23-27.

The meet will be hosted at the Damodar Aquatic Centre, in Suva which previously hosted the 11th Oceania Swimming Champion­ships.

Technically co-hosted by Fiji Swimming and USA Swimming, the meet will feature athletes from the four Pan Pac charter nations (Australia, USA, Japan, and Cana­da) along with a handful of other Pacific-rim countries, like Singa­pore, New Zealand, South Korea, China, and a large contingent from Fiji.

USA team director Mitch Dalton said, “Our goal is to get the people into the finals and when they are in the final they get a shot.

“We always want to win the relays but we don’t necessarily put num­bers to the medals but it is more of making sure that we are doing the right thing.”

He said all the 10 charter nations are looking forward to the competi­tion.

“It is very good competition,” Dal­ton said.

“Japan looking at their Pan Pac team which they had in Tokyo a couple of weeks ago and which they are looking particularly for Tokyo 2020.

“The Aussies always get some good swimmers coming through. As for the Canadians their women did well at the FINA Junior swim­ming.”

He added over the last two Olym­pic quads they have seen multiple future Olympians excel at Junior Pan Pacs. “I’m thrilled to see many new faces on this roster. More than two-thirds of this year’s team will be competing internationally for the first time, and I look forward to seeing how the group comes to­gether here.”

The head coaches for the team are Allison Beebe of Santa Clara Swim Club and Dan Flack of Bay­lor Swim Club.

The side had assembled in Los Angles before arriving to Fiji yes­terday. They had a swimming and bonding session as a team.

Dalton added that all the partici­pants are here in the country for the first time.

“We have about five or six who has been to major international before and a lot of younger ones that they are showing what they got for the first time and it is really fun of op­timism and youth. It will be a great competition for us and to show­case what it would look like for US swimming team for the decade or so.”

Men: AJ Bornstein, Ridgefield Aquatic Club, Mikey Calvillo, Adam Chaney, Tim Connery, Ster­ling Crane, Episcopal AmberJax, Ross Dant, Carson Foster, Jake Fos­ter, Ethan Heasley, Arik Katz, Drew Kibler, Danny Kovac, Peter Larson, Destin Lasco, Jake Magahey, Van Mathias, AJ Pouch, Dare Rose, Daniel Roy, Gianluca Urlando.

Women: Phoebe Bacon, Catharine Berkoff, Olivia Carter, Mariah Denigan, Zoie Hartman, Isabel Ivey, Lindsay Looney, Lola Mull, Ella Nelson, Lucie Nordmann, Lil­lie Nordmann, Maxine Parker, Al­lie Raab, Christin Rockway, Isabelle Stadden, Claire Tuggle, Gretchen Walsh, Alex Walsh, Emily Weiss, Emma Weyant,

-Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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