Aug. 13, 2010
IRVINE, Calif. – Twelve swimmers with ties to the University of Arizona will compete at the 11th Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships in Irvine, Calif. August 18-22 at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center.
Michael Alexandrov, Amanda Beard, Annie Chandler and Christine Magnuson will represent the United States. Jean Basson, Lyndon Ferns and Roland Schoeman comprise the South African Wildcat contingent while Chelsey Salli, Lindsay Seemann and Jake Tapp will represent Canada Swimming. Nicolas Nilo Oliveira and Masayuki Kishida will swim for Brazil and Japan, respectively.
USA Swimming is the host of the 2010 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships. It’s the first time the U.S. has hosted an international meet since Short Course World Championships in 2004 in Indianapolis. Tickets for the event are available via the USA Swimming website at www.usaswimming.org/PanPacs.
The Pan Pacific Swimming Championships are held under the oversight of the Pan Pacific Swimming Association. The Association was established in the mid 1980s and is made up of the four founding swimming federations – Swimming Australia, Swimming Canada, the Japan Amateur Swimming Federations and USA Swimming. These charter nations developed the concept of the swimming competition to provide their national teams with first class international competition between the two major international swimming competitions – the Olympic Games and the FINA World Championships.
The Americans with ties to Tucson have been in Irvine since last week for the U.S. Long Course National Championships. At the U.S. Trials, 14 swimmers for Ford Aquatics qualified for final heats as the club won the overall points total with 478.5.
A few South African swimmers, including Schoeman and Ferns, made a pit stop today in Tucson to see some old friends and get a quick swim in at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center before heading off to Irvine to compete at the Championships.
Get results and watch live streaming video here: http://www.panpacificswimming.com/
Pan Pacific Championship Swimmers with ties to The University of Arizona
Michael Alexandrov – Ford Aquatics United States 50/100/200 Breast
Jean Basson - UA (2007-2010) South Africa 200 Free, 400 Free
Amanda Beard – UA (2000-2001) United States 100/200 Breast
Annie Chandler - UA (2007-2010) United States 50/100/200 Breast
Lyndon Ferns – UA (2003-2006) South Africa 50/100 Free, 50/100 Fly
Masayuki Kishida – Ford Aquatics Japan 50/100 Free, 50/100 Fly
Christine Magnuson – Ford Aquatics United States 50/100 Free, 50/100 Fly
Nicolas Nilo Oliveira – UA (2006-2009) Brazil 100/200 Free
Chelsey Salli – UA (2010-present) Canada 50/100/ 200 Breast
Roland Schoeman – UA (1999-2002) South Africa 50/100 Free, 50 Fly
Lindsay Seemann – UA Incoming Freshman Canada 400/800 Free, 200 Back, 200/400 IM
Jake Tapp – UA (2007-2010) Canada 50/100 Back