BOISE, Idaho-Boise State women's swimming and diving will be represented at the 2012 Junior Pan Pacific Championships as incoming freshman Taylor Padington will compete in the 400-meter freestyle for her native Canada.
The Junior Pan Pacific Championships meet is Aug. 23-26, in Pearl City, Hawaii, pitting 18-and-under swimmers from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand and the United States against one another. The Canadian team was selected based on results from July's Summer National Championships in Edmonton. The top two swimmers ages 13-18, in each event were invited to represent the country.
"It means a lot to have our program continually represented at big national and international competitions," said head coach Kristin Hill. "We talk a lot as a team about being a championship-focused program, and we want our swimmers and divers to be setting goals that are much higher than the average college student athlete. This is the second year in a row we have had an incoming freshman at an international meet, and that speaks volumes to the classes we have brought in."
Padington, a native of Campbell, B.C., secured her spot on the roster with an impressive showing at night. After qualifying 12th in prelims, she won the consolation final with a time of 4:19.54, the fourth-fastest time in all of the finals heats. Padington will compete Saturday Aug. 25, and is seeded 19th in the 400 freestyle.
"Having six Broncos at the U.S. Olympic Trials and two at the Canadian Olympic Trials says a lot about the success of our team in six short years," Hill said. "We want to be a top 15 program, and this is a step toward that short-term goal. We are excited to build on this trend and see how many more swimmers and divers we can have at NCAAs, Olympic Trials, and international competitions over the next four years."
The Junior Pan Pacific Championships meet is the highest priority activity being offered by Swimming Canada's junior national development program this year.