Indiana’s Apple, Pieroni Win Gold at Pan Pacific Championships


Another day at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships, another two medals for Indiana University swimmers on Friday in Tokyo.


Swimming for Team USA in the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay, current Hoosier Zach Apple and postgrad Blake Pieroni won gold, helping the Americans win with a time of 7:04.36. Swimming second, Pieroni split a 1:47.63, while Apple posted a 1:46.20.


Apple and Pieroni’s gold give IU swimmers four total medals through two days of competition. Lilly King won gold in the women’s 100m breaststroke, while postgrad Zane Grothe took silver in the men’s 1500m freestyle.


Also on Friday, Apple finished fifth in the Championship Final of the men’s 100m freestyle, touching the wall in a time of 48.47. In the women’s 100m backstroke, Team Canada’s Kennedy Goss placed seventh with a mark of 1:00.90.


Pieroni won his second B Final in as many days, touching the wall first in the 100m freestyle with a time of 48.21. He also won the B Final of the 200m freestyle on Thursday. In the women’s 100m free B Final, postgrad Margo Geer was third in 54.47.


Postgrad swimmer Isabella Arcila was second in the B Final of the 100m backstroke for Team Colombia, touching with a mark of 1:01.39. In the men’s 100m backstroke B Final, current IU swimmer Gabriel Fantoni had a great showing for Team Brazil, placing third with a time of 53.92.



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