August 7, 2018
Missoula Aquatic Club's Katharine Berkoff was named to the 2018 USA Swimming Junior Pan Pac team after a stellar performance at the USA Swimming Phillips 66 Long Course National Championships in Irvine, California July 24-29.
Berkoff swam to a fifth place finish in the A finals in the 50 m backstroke (28.13); fifth place finish in the 100 m backstroke (59.77) and seventh place finish in the 200 m backstroke (2:10.12) setting personal best times along the way!!
The Junior Pan Pac team will compete August 23-27 in Fiji. This will be Katharine's second international swimming competition this year having competed in the Mel Zajac Jr International meet in Vancouver in June.
Katharine also placed 43rd in the 200 m IM (2:04.87) and tied for 74th in the 100 m freestyle (56.84). Montana Swimming is very proud of you Katharine!
US Roster Set for 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Championships
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Forty of the United States’ top up-and-coming swimmers will represent the Team USA at this month’s 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Championships, set for Aug. 23-27 in Fiji.
Headlining the U.S. roster, which was determined based on the results of the 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships, are four individual medalists from the 2017 FINA World Championships – Carson Foster, Ella Nelson, Daniel Roy and Emily Weiss.
“Over the last two Olympic quads we have seen multiple future Olympians excel at Junior Pan Pacs, and 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 in Fiji,” said Mitch Dalton, USA Swimming National Junior Team Director.
The head coaches for the team are Allison Beebe of Santa Clara Swim Club and Dan Flack of Baylor Swim Club, and 2016 Olympic medalists Maya DiRado and David Plummer will serve as National Team athlete reps on the trip. A complete roster is linked below.
Featuring the top junior swimmers from the U.S., Canada, Australia and Japan, the Junior Pan Pacific Championships have consistently proven to be a springboard for international success. 2016 Olympic medalists Townley Haas, Lilly King and Blake Pieroni were members of the U.S. roster for the 2014 Junior Pan Pacific Championships. Current backstroke world record-holders Kathleen Baker and Ryan Murphy also are past participants at the meet.
Full team roster is here.
Full selection procedures for this year’s team are here.