2019 Pan Am Games: Day 5 Finals Preview


  • Villa Deportiva Nacional – Videna, Lima, Peru
  • Tuesday, August 6th – Saturday, August 10th (pool swimming)
  • Prelims 11 AM / Finals 8:30 PM (local time/US Central Time)
  • Official Website
  • Entry List
  • Live Results

The final session from the 2019 Pan American Games will feature the men’s and women’s 200 IM, 400 medley relays, and the fastest heats in the timed final of the 1500 freestyle.

Day 5 Finals Schedule

  • Women’s 1500 freestyle
  • Women’s 200 IM
  • Men’s 200 IM
  • Men’s 1500 freestyle
  • Women’s 400 medley relay
  • Men’s 400 medley relay

Pignatiello Going For Distance Sweep

This is the first time the women have contested the 1500 free at Pan Ams, so after winning the 400 and 800 earlier, Argentina’s Delfina Pignatiello has a chance to become the first female to sweep all three distance freestyle events at the Games.

The 19-year-old technically comes in as the second seed behind Chilean Kristel Kobrich with a time of 16:13.98, but was 15:51.68 back in June which makes her the overwhelming favorite.

Her wins in the 400 and 800 free made her the first woman to win the double since American Kaitlin Sandeno in 1999.

Costa Aims To End Brazilian Drought In Men’s Mile

Guilherme Costa will be looking to end a 68-year Brazilian drought in the men’s 1500 tonight, as he comes in as the #1 seed with a time of 15:03.40.

The 20-year-old holds the South American Record in a time of 14:59.01, set in 2017, but faded to a disappointing 25th at the World Championships last month in 15:20.73. This is his only event in Lima, so we’ll have to wait and see whether he can rebound from Gwangju.

Brazil has not won this event since the inaugural Pan Ams in 1951 in Buenos Aires when Tetsuo Okamoto was the champion.

Andrew Abruzzo will likely prove as the biggest challenger to Costa, as he’s won both the 400 and 800.

Americans Favored In IMs, Medley Relays

The U.S. is favored to sweep both the 200 IM and 400 medley relays.

Will Licon was the top qualifier in the men’s individual medley event by a second and a half this morning in 2:00.97, and Meghan Small (2:13.05) and Alex Walsh (2:14.55) sit 1-2 in the women’s event.

For the men, the Americans haven’t won gold since 1991. Caio Pumputis and Leonardo Santos will be looking to upset Licon and give Brazil a fourth straight win.

In the relays, the U.S. teams qualified first overall easily this morning and will make a ton of changes to their lineup tonight.

The women project to have all four individual gold medalists in Phoebe BaconAnnie LazorKendyl Stewart and Margo Geer, while the men will have individual champs Daniel Carr and Tom Shields, along with runners-up Cody Miller and Nathan Adrian (or Nic Fink over Miller on breast after he split 58.86 in the prelims and Miller DQed the mixed medley relay).

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2 years ago

Men medley is pretty balanced
Carr x Guido
João X? (Miller are you sure?)
Shields X lanza
Chiereghini X Adrian

Reply to  Rafael
2 years ago

Not sure how they say Usa men are favored?!? It looks pretty even to me.

Lauren Hurt
2 years ago

Sorry I’m super late to the party but is there a live stream?

Reply to  Lauren Hurt
2 years ago

Hi Lauren, click the live stream link on the right side of the page if you’re in the US.

2 years ago

Pumputis is dealing with a groin Injury.

Reply to  Rafael
2 years ago

Yep. He has been all summer. Not sure it is going to get better if he keeps swimming on it😩

Reply to  Superfan
2 years ago

He should have dropped world and pan to recover he would even open a spot to fantoni here

2 years ago

Have you hear her talking with the cameras? (Delfina) I think maybe she is too young! But she needs to be more humble or almost try to speak in a nice way with the reporters. Even when Regan Smith beats records and then talk with the press she is always nice (17 years old). This girl needs to calm down and learn how to speak. It’s easy to win without the most of the best swimmers out of this meet.

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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