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.

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.

McHugh will end the meet in the 1,500 freestyle on Sunday. She earned a silver medal at the recent Phillips 66 National Championships in the 1,500, and her time of 16:02.56 seeds her sixth. The finals are set to begin at 5 a.m. Sunday and will be shown on the Olympic Channel.