Rising senior and Florida State men’s swimming and diving team captain William Pisani was selected to represent Canada at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships that will run from Aug. 9-12 at the Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center in Japan.
Pisani earned his spot on the 32-man roster after he finished second in the 100m fly (53.17) at the 2018 Canadian Trials over the weekend at the Kinsmen Sports Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.
“I am so happy for Will,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “He is a great example of what happens when talent works hard. His improvements here at FSU in the last two years show how well he has focused on what he does every day and making his first national team with two years until the Olympics is great timing. The future looks bright.”
The Pan Pacific Championships are held every four years and will feature swimmers representing the federations of Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, China, Cook Islands, Colombia, Ecuador, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, New Zealand, Oman, Palau, Peru, Philippines, Thailand and the USA.
In addition to the 100m fly, Pisani also took home a bronze medal in the 50m free (22.51) and finished fifth in the 100m free (49.92) after swimming his personal best in prelims at 49.59.
Rising sophomore Ryan Telford produced his highest finish at the meet in the 200m breast (2:16.64), touching in fifth place. He also took 10th in the 400m IM (4:37.02), 12th in the 200m IM (2:05.91) and also finished 11th in prelims of the 100m breast (1:03.51).
Incoming freshmen Nina Kucheran and Madeleine McDonald also competed at the meet.
Kucheran placed fifth in both the 100m (1:09.40) and 200m (2:29.35) breast and also finished 18th in the 200m IM (2:20.41). McDonald earned a second swim in the 100m back and touched with a time of 1:03.30 for 14th place.
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