Aug. 21, 2006
Victoria, British Columbia -
Over the weekend at the Pan Pacific Championships Margaret Hoelzer and Tiger senior Hayley Peirsol had silver and bronze medal performances, respectively. Hoelzer took silver in the 200m back and Peirsol bronze in the 800m free.
In a very fast 200m back final, Hoezler (Huntsville, Ala.) and Reiko Nakamura of Japan, would battle for the gold. Nakamura came out on top with a meet record time of 2:08.86. Hoelzer followed in second, just half a second out of the top spot, with a time of 2:09.42. It marked Hoelzer's second Pan Pacific Championship medal, as she was the gold medal winner in the event at 2002 championships in Japan.
After taking the silver in the 1500m free on opening night of the championships, Peirsol concluded the meet with another medal - bronze - in the 800m free. As was the case in the 1500m, this event was won by Kate Ziegler (8:24.56). Zielger led throughout the entire race and Peirsol looked on pace to take silver, but Japan's Ai Shibata made a late surge in the final 50 meters to take second. Peirsol finished with a time of 8:27.57, just over a second slower than her personal best (8:26.45) that she set at U.S. Nationals.
Former Auburn star Kirsty Coventry (Zimbabwe) took fourth in both the 200m IM (2:14.27) and 200m back (2:12.34). Sophomore Cesar Cielo (Brazil) finished sixth in the 50m free (22.45) and was seventh in the 100m free (49.66). Former Auburn national champion George Bovell (Trinidad & Tobago) took eighth in the 50m free (22.59) and was seventh in the B final of the 100m free (50.89).
Former Auburn All-Americans Mark Gangloff and Eric Shanteau won the B final of the 100m breast (1:01.66) and 200m breast (2:12.30), respectively. Coventry was second in the B final of the 400m IM (4:45.25), just .04 away from the win. Tiger All-American Jeremy Knowles (Bahamas) was fourth in the B final of both the 100m fly (54.07) and 200m IM (2:04.34).
Over the four days of competition the United States total medal haul was 43 - 24 gold, 16 silver and three bronze. The Pan Pacific Championships conclude on Monday with the men's and women's 10K open water race.
Results are available on http://www.omegatiming.com. To visit the official meet site, please go to http://www.panpacs2006.com