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Spring Grove High School grad Hali Flickinger wins prestigious international swim title

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  • Hali Flickinger won the 200 butterfly title at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships.
  • Flickinger, 24, is a Spring Grove High School graduate and a 2016 Olympian.
  • The Pan Pacific event is one of the most prestigious events in international swimming.

Hali Flickinger has won another swimming championship.

U.S. swimmer Hali Flickinger waves on the podium after winning the women's 200m butterfly final during the Pan Pacific swimming championships in Tokyo, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018.(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Spring Grove High School graduate won the 200-meter butterfly crown at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Tokyo on Friday.

Flickinger, 24, won the 200 fly final in 2 minutes, 7.35 seconds.

Flickinger held off Japan's Sachi Mochida. The 19-year-old was second at 2:07.66 in front of her home-country fans.

The meet is considered one of the toughest international swimming competitions outside the Olympic Games, the World Championships and the European Championships. It includes a number of international swimming powers, such as the United States and Australia.

Flickinger, a former standout at the University of Georgia, currently trains with the Athens Bulldog Aquatic Club. It was her first Pan Pacific championship.

"We have this bond," Flickinger said on on the University of Georgia website. "We all know how awesome it is to represent Team USA and all of us are just so happy to be here. We were a family right away, and that's something that's so special."

Flickinger was coming off her second straight 200 fly championship at the Phillips 66 USA Swimming National Championships in Irvine, California.

U.S. swimmer Hali Flickinger swims on her way to winning the women's 200m butterfly final during the Pan Pacific swimming championships in Tokyo, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018.(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Flickinger won the national title in 2:06.14. In a preliminary qualifying race at nationals, Flickinger was even faster breaking the meet record in the 200 fly at 2:05.87 — a mark that was set back in 1981.

Flickinger finished seventh in the 200 fly at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.