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Arizona Swimmers Head To Pan Pacific Championships
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: August 13, 2010
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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


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.


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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


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