Pan Pacific Wrap-Up: Team USA Captures 48 Total Medals, Sets
Five World Records
VICTORIA, B.C. – Team USA captured 48 medals – 26 of them gold
– and smashed five world records at the 2006 Mutual of Omaha Pan
Pacific Championships, held Aug. 17-21 at the Saanich Commonwealth
Pool in Victoria, British Columbia.
And, congratulations are in order for Arizona siblings Kalyn
and Klete Keller of Phoenix — in the open-water 10K race.
The United States finished with 511 total points to win the
meet ahead of second-place Japan, which finished with 285 total
points. Individual performances from this meet will factor into
deciding a number of international teams in 2007, most notably the
team headed to the FINA World Championships in Melbourne,
All told, six world, seven American and 23 meet records fell
throughout the five-day meet. Americans accounted for five of the
six world records and 20 of the 23 meet records.
Two of the three sibling duos won medals in Victoria. For the
third time, Aaron and Hayley Peirsol (Irvine, Calif.) medaled on
the same day of competition when Aaron won gold in the 100m back,
and Hayley won silver in the 1500m free on Aug. 17. Aaron finished
with three golds for the meet, while Hayley won a silver and a
Klete and Kalyn Keller (Phoenix, Ariz.) also both medaled at
Pan Pacs. Klete won two golds and a bronze, and Kalyn finished
with silver in the open water 10K race.
Americans won four of the six medals awarded in the inaugural
Pan Pac open water races, finishing 1-2 in both the men’s and
women’s 10K. Chip Peterson (Chapel Hill, N.C. / NCAC) won gold in
the men’s event and Fran Crippen (Philadelphia, Pa. / Mission
Viejo) captured the silver medal. On the women’s side, 14-year-old
Chloe Sutton (Ashburn, Va. / The Fish) became the inaugural
women’s gold-medalist, while Kalyn Keller (Phoenix, Ariz. /
Trojan) won silver.
The race marked the first time that open water swimming was a
scored event at the Pan Pacific Championships. In addition, it was
the first international competition for U.S. open water swimmers
since the event was added to the Olympic program.
The Americans finished with 48 total medals – 26 gold, 18
silver and four bronze. The next-closest nation was Japan, who had
24 medals, three of them gold. Australia was third with 17, and
host Canada was fourth with eight.
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