Team USA Adds Five Gold Medals on Friday in Maui


The United States continued to pile up wins Friday at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Maui. Team USA claimed five golds on the night and added four silvers to thier haul including three 1-2 finishes.


Courtney Harnish began the evening on a high note by capturing gold in the women's 400m freestyle in a time of 4:09.36. Liam Egan followed matched the feat in the men's 400m freestyle. Egan claimed gold by touching in 3:52.59. Aidan Burns joined the fun with a silver medal, finishing just behind Egan in 3:53.10.


The 1-2 trend continued in the men's 100m butterfly. Alex Valente touched first in 52.60 to take the gold while Andrew Seliskar won the silver in 53.14.


The final 1-2 American finish of the evening took place in the men's 200m backstroke. Connor Green outpaced the field to grab the gold in 1:59.60. Cory Okubo held off the remainder of the field for the silver in 2:01.17.


The United States added one more gold in the night's final event. Paul Powers, Blake Pieroni, James Jones and Townley Haas combined to win the men's 4x100m medley relay in 3:18.68. On the women's side, the Americans claimed silver in the 4x100m medley relay. Stanzi Moseley, Amy Bilquist, Katie Drabot and Katrina Konopka combined for a time of 3:40.14.


American perfrormances in other finals Friday night included Madis Homovich finishing fifth in the women's 400m freestyle in 4:14.42. In the women's 100m butterfly Hannah Kukurugya finished fourth in 59.53 and Cassidy Bayer took fifth in 1:00.17. The women's 200m backstroke saw Daniell Gayler finish fourth in 2:13.77 and Emily Allen touch eighth in 2:16.45. 


Running through Saturday, prelim pool sessions begin at 9 a.m. locally (3 p.m. EDT), with finals set for 5 p.m. locally (11 p.m. EDT). Complete meet details, including a schedule of events, can be found here

An exclusive, live webcast of the entire meet is hosted at usaswimming.org

All competing swimmers at Junior Pan Pacs must be ages 13-18 as of the first day of competition. The entire Team USA roster can be found here.