Ally McHugh, a graduate of Philadelphia's Little Flower High School, won the B final of the women's 400-meter individual medley Thursday at the 2018 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships at the Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center.
McHugh, a senior at Penn State, finished sixth in 4 minutes, 41.08 seconds in the preliminaries. That time, third among Americans, qualified her for the A final. But only the top two swimmers from one country advance to the A final, so McHugh was relegated to the B final. With just 10 entrants overall, McHugh was one of just two swimmers in the secondary race, and her margin of victory was more than 46 seconds.
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McHugh will compete in the 400-freestyle preliminaries on Friday night and, if she qualifies, in the final on Saturday morning. She is seeded 15th with a time of 4:11.32.