August 28, 2018
27 August 2018 (Suva, Fiji) - It was the last day of swimming at the 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Championships and there was plenty of action in the pool. Because the island of Fiji sits about 18 hours ahead of Calgary time, and is across the international date line, we have had a delay in publishing our report on the last night of racing.
The preliminaries on day four were tough on everyone and if you happened to get a chance to watch it online you saw what I mean - wind, rain, overcast and cold, cold, cold - 12 degrees - that’s bad Calgary weather not tropical Fiji weather! Who would have thought a place like Fiji in August could be described at all like that? On the docket for the day were the 200IM, the 50 Free, the 200m Breaststroke, the 1500m Freestyle for the girls and 800m Freestyle for the boys as well as the 4x100m Medley Relay. Cascade had Cole Pratt in the IM and relay, Sebastian Somerset in the 50 free and relay and Alex Katelnikoff in the 800 free.
Up first was Cole and the 200IM. Cole had put up a solid 2:05.43 in the prelims to qualify in 6th place overall along with fellow Canadian (and Okotokian) Finlay Knox. The meet record in the event was a 1:59.51 set back in 2012 by current, 2017, World Champion (and Rio Olympic medalist), Chase Kalisz. It was only a four year trip from Jr Pan Pacs 2012 to medals in Rio 2016…
The race was a pretty strong showing for Cole who took the fly the same as he had in the morning hitting the wall in 5th place. The backstroke was a solid leg for Cole as he put up a very strong 30.9 leg to maintain his spot. The breaststroke portion of the IM is the one Cole needs the most work on and an area he has been working on over the last few months. In Winnipeg, at Juniors, the coaches had him throttling back on the front end of the race to try and be able to put down a good breaststroke split - knowing that in “rest” and final prep he would have to try and make that same split but go out much quicker at the 100. At Juniors he managed breaststroke splits of 36.34 & 36.44 off of first 100’s of 1:02.4 and 1:00.9 - it was one thing to get a breast split like that for Cole off of relatively, “easy”, front 100’s - could he do it in a competitive field? Prior to those 36 splits this summer his fastest breast leg had been from the summer before at Canada Games in 37.18. Here in Fiji Cole was out equal to the fastest he has ever been - 57.72 - and this time he managed a 36.5 on the breast to hit the 150m mark in 1:34. Basically tied for 6th at this point Cole put down the third fastest freestyle leg of the event in 29.0 to hit the wall in 5th place overall with a lifetime best of 2:03.30. Teammate Finlay Knox was 4th in a big lifetime best for him in 2:02.09.
Finals (5th) Prelims (6th)
30.94 57.72 31.72 58.46
36.52 1:34.24 37.55 1:36.01
29.06 2:03.30 29.42 2:05.43
Sebastian Somerset swam the prelims of the 50m freestyle in 25.22 which before this 2018 season would have been a lifetime best. This meet serves as final meet before Sebastian will go to the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Ares, Argentina laster this fall in October.
The 800m freestyle for Alex was his last individual event of the meet. After this Alex would be loading up on the plane and heading to Sydney, Australia while his teammates came back to Calgary before heading to Cyprus for the final prep camp into the Open Water Junior World Championships.
Alex has a best time of 8:10.83 that he did at the Canadian Swimming Championships as one of the events that qualified him for the Junior Pan Pacs. Here in Fiji Alex put up his third fastest 800 of all-time in 8:14.94 putting together a very well executed race. Pacing is the key for distance swimming and Alex did a great job in this one hitting 4:06.98 / 4:07.96 on his 400 splits for a pretty dead-even swim. This meet was Alex’s last competition prep as he heads to the Open Water World Junior Championships in Eilat, Israel.
The last event for Cascade and the last event of the meet was the men’s 4x100m Medley Relay and Cascade had two swimmers swimming on the Canadian “B” team with Seb Somerset doing backstroke and Cole Pratt doing the butterfly. Sebastian led out in 57.09 while Cole Pratt split a 55.09 on the butterfly. The team was 3:47.95 and put up the 5th fastest time overall (although they were technically exhibition).
Check the Cascade Website for links to watch the meet or check out the live results - or just click here and here! Also, Cascade’s Social Media crew is working overtime to bring you updates and photos as we get them even though finals start way past bedtime for some of our older contributors!
SwimSwam has a page dedicated to the meet here.