BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA, AUG. 16 -- Pablo Morales and Steve Bentley today enabled U.S. swimmers to finish the one-sided Pan Pacific Swimming Championships with 24 gold medals in 32 events.
Australia had four golds, Canada three and China one. Ten other countries got none.
Morales won the men's 100-meter butterfly in 53.37 seconds. Olympic gold medalist Jon Sieben of Australia finished second in 54.21.
Bentley won the 200-meter breaststroke in a U.S. record 2:14.99, best in the world this year and third fastest ever. Victor Davis, who holds the world record, was third in 2:18.27 behind American Brett Beedle (2:17.80).
U.S. entrants won five golds tonight, but world record holder Janet Evans lost to Brisbane resident Julie McDonald, 17, at 800 meters. McDonald cut six seconds off her personal best, winning in 8:23.18, the second fastest time ever. Evans, 15, was second in 8:33.11, far off the world record 8:22.44 she set three weeks ago.
"I died like a pig," she said. "I think I'm out of shape. A five-week taper is hard for me to hold."
Only two other non-U.S. entrants won tonight: Qian Hong in the women's 100-meter butterfly and Michael McKenzie of Australia in the 1,500-meter freestyle. Qian, 16, became the first Chinese to win a Pan Pacific title. She won in 1:00.24, beating Americans Angel Myers and Jenna Johnson. McKenzie won in 15:08.08, beating U.S. champion Dan Jorgensen, who did a 15:12.09.
The U.S. team won the men's and women's 400-meter medley relays and Californian Amy Shaw, 15, the women's 200-meter breaststroke.