2019 Pan American Games: Day 2 Finals Live Recap


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  • Tuesday, August 6th – Saturday, August 10th (pool swimming)
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The Pan American Games continue in Lima, Peru with the second finals session getting underway tonight. The evening will consist of the finals of the men’s and women’s 200 free, 100 fly, 200 back, and mixed 4×100 free relay.

The only two women sub-2:00 in the prelims of the women’s 200 freestyle this morning were Americans Meaghan Raab (1:58.42) Claire Rasmus (1:59.35), but Canadian 400 freestyle medalist Alyson Ackman sits 3rd and should challenge the barrier tonight, having been less than 2/10ths from breaking it this morning.

Mexico’s Jorge Iga leads the men’s 200 freestyle by nearly a second, though Brazil’s Breno Correia won the gold medal on Brazil’s 4 x 100 freestyle relay on day 1 and will bring the speed.

Luiz Martinez and Santiago Grassi both dipped under the Pan Ams Record in the 100 fly this morning, in fact, Martinez of Guatemala destroyed it by 6/10ths, setting up for a good championship final tonight. Brazilian Vini Lanza, the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships bronze medalist, qualified 3rd this morning with a 53.11, nearly 2 seconds off his best time.

American junior Isabelle Stadden takes the top seed in the women’s 200 backstroke, swimming within 1 second of Canadian Hillary Caldwell‘s Games Record in the prelims. Stadden’s best time of 2:08.24 is only .02 slower than Caldwell’s Games Record, so if she’s in peak form, she could lower the mark tonight. American Alex Walsh ranks 2nd in the 200 back with a 2:1o.06 from the prelims.


  • World Record: Federica Pellegrini (ITA), 2009, 1:52.98
  • Pan Ams Record: Allison Schmitt (USA), 2015, 1:56.23
  • Defending Champion: Allison Schmitt (USA), 1:56.23

Top 3:

Canada’s Katarine Savard was out fastest in 27.68 at 50 meters, but by about 75 was joined by Brazilians Manuella Duarte and Larissa Martins. Americans Meaghan Raab and Claire Rasmus overtook the early leaders at the 150-meter turn, and down the final stretch, Raab took the lead, but was overwhelmed by Rasmus in the final meters.

Rasmus got the touch first in 1:58.64, just .06 ahead of Raab, who touched in 1:58.70 for silver. Martins from Brazil touched 3rd in 1:59.78, and Canada’s Alyson Ackman touched 4th in 1:59.92.

Elisbet Gamez touched 5th in 2:00.25, Duarte from Brazil was 6th in 2:00.44, Savard, the early leader from Canada, was 7th, in 2:01.18, and Mexico’s Allyson Macias 2:03.41.

Maria Mata Coco of Mexico was out fastest in the ‘B’ final of the women’s 200 freestyle, turning first at 50, then at 100 meters in 59.47. Mata was 1:31.18 at the 150, but Colombia’s Maria Alvarez closed hard in lane 5, but couldn’t totally close the gap. Mata finished 1st in 2:03.32 and Alvarez 2:03.53.


  • World Record: Paul Biedermann (Germany), 2009, 1:42.00
  • Pan Ams Record: Joao de Lucca (Brazil), 2015, 1:46.42
  • Defending Champion: Joao de Lucca (Brazil), 1:46.42

Top 3:

Americans Drew Kibler and Grant House were out fastest at the 50-meter turn, flipping in 24.95 and 24.96, respectively. By the 100-meter turn, Mexico’s Jorge Iga had taken the leading 52.12. Iga maintained a narrow lead at 150 meters, but Brail’s Fernando Scheffer surged from lane 1, accompanied by countryman Breno Correia in lane 3, to overpower the Americans and Iga.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter finished 4th in 1:47.78, while Mexico’s Iga faded to 5th in 1:48.18. American Grant House, one of the race’s early leaders, finished 6th in 1:48.58. Aruba’s Mikel Schreuders was 7th in 1:49.92, and Venezuela’s Rafael Zambrano was 8th in 1:50.12.

Alex Sobers of Barbados won the ‘B’ final of the men’s 200 freestyle in 1:50.87, over a second ahead of Jamaica’s Michael Gunning, who touched 2nd in 1:52.10.


  • World Record: Sarah Sjostrom (Sweden), 2016, 55.48
  • Pan Ams Record: Kelsi Dahlia (United States), 2015, 57.24
  • Defending Champion:Kelsi Dahlia (United States), 57.78

Top 3:

Team USA’s Kendyl Stewart led from start to finish in the women’s 100 butterfly. Stewart took the race out in 26.77, fully .44 and .47 ahead of Brazilians Giovanna Tomanik and Daynara Lopes.

Sarah Gibson, who was 8th at the 50-meter turn, accelerated over the final 50 meters to overtake everyone else in the field save Stewart and Canada’s Danielle Hanus.

Stewart hit the wall first at 100 meters in 58.49, while Canada’s Hanus surged to hit 2nd in 58.93, and Team USA’s Gibson 3rd in 59.11.

Brazil’s Giovanna Tomanik finished 4th in 59.31, while Haley Black from Canada was 5th in 59.32.

Brazil’s Daynara Lopes faded to 6th in 1:00.41, while Venezuela’s Jeserik Pinto was 7th, and Colombia’s Valentina Becerra 8th in 1:01.10.

Ecuador’s Anicka Delgado won the ‘B’ final in 1:01.27.


  • World Record: Caeleb Dressel (United States), 2019, 49.50
  • Pan Ams Record: 51.44, Luiz Martinez (Guatemala), 2019
  • Defending Champion: 52.04, Giles Smith (United States)

Top 3:

In the final of the 200 butterfly on day 1, American Tom Shields finished 8th in the championship final in a 2:06… the hundredths aren’t memorable. 2:06 is all you need to remember. Tonight, Shields roared back to win the 100 in a come-from-behind victory in 51.59, just .04 ahead of newly-minted Games Record holder Luiz Martinez.

Shields, one of three individual NCAA champions in the 100 yard butterfly represented in tonight’s field–the others being Brazil’s Vini Lanza and former DII superstar Matthew Josa of the United States–has been known to come back on the leaders. At the 2014 U.S. National Championships Shields out-touched a recently-un-retired Michael Phelps in the 100 fly by just .01. Tonight, Shields’ margin of victory was larger, but not to the naked-eye.

At 50 meters, American Matthew Josa turned first in 23.92, while Brazil’s Vini Lanza was 2nd at 24.09 and Argentina’s Santiago Grassi 3rd in 24.15.

Shields and Martinez surged over the final 50 meters to touch 1-2 in 51.59 and 51.63, respectively, relegating Lanza to 3rd in 51.88. Argentine National Record holder Grassi faded to 4th in 52.15, while Team USA’s Josa was 5th in 52.22. Long Gutierrez from Mexico finished 6th in 53.67, while Paraguay’s Benjamin Hockin was 7th in 53.70, and Colombia’s David Arias 8th in 54.06.


  • World Record: Regan Smith (USA), 2019, 2:03.35
  • Pan Ams Record: Hilary Caldwell (CAN), 2015, 2:08.22
  • Defending Champion: Hilary Caldwell (CAN), 2:08.22

Top 3:

American Isabelle Stadden took the early lead in the championship final of the women’s 200 backstroke, hitting the wall in 30.43 to her feet, a slender .01 ahead of Canda’s Madison Broad.

Stadden asserted herself as first by .24 over teammate Alex Walsh at the 100-meter turn, flipping in 1:03.18, Glover remained 3rd. Walsh surged over the next 50 meters to flip in 1:35.73, nearly half-a-second ahead of Stadden, and over 1.5 seconds ahead of Canada’s Glover.

Stadden stormed back over the final 50 meters to nearly equal Walsh at the touch, but just missed gold, hitting the wall 2:08.39 to Walsh’s gold-medal-winning 2:08.30. Canada’s Mackenzie Glover held on from her 3rd-position at the 150 to hit the wall 3rd in 2:10.95.

Brazil’s Fernanda de Goeij placed 4th in 2:11.95, while Andrea Berrino of Argentina placed 5th in 2:12.71. Canada’s Madison Broad hit the wall 6th in 2:12.82. Argentine Forencia Perotti was 7th in 2:16.75, and Krystal Lara of the Dominican Republic 8th in 2:17.09.


  • World Record: Aaron Peirsol (USA), 2009, 1:51.92
  • Pan Ams Record: Sean Lehane (USA), 2015, 1:57.11
  • Defending Champion: Sean Lehane (USA), 1:57.47

Top 3:

Aruba’s Patick Grothers had the early lead at 50 meters with a 27.68 split, but Americans Daniel Carr and Nicholas Alexander were only .02 and .06 behind, respectively.

Alexander had taken the lead at 100 meters, flipping in 57.67, though Carr was only .09 behind and Brazilian Leonardo de Deus was starting to pour it on, moving withing half-a-second of Alexander. Carr returned on the 3rd 50 meters to flip in 1:28.03 to Alexander’s 1:28.04, while de Deus lingered just .33 behind.

Carr got the touch first at 1:58.13 to Alexander’s 1:58.30, while de Deus finished 3rd in 1:58.73.

Javier Acevedo of Canada finished 4th in 1:59.70, the final swimmer to break 2:00. Yeziel Morales of Peru finished 5th in 2:00.27, while Brazil’s Brandonn Almeida was 6th in 2:01.51. Colombia’s Anthony Rincon finished 7th in 2:02.46, and early leader Patrick Grothers 8th in 2:03.65.


  • World Record: 3:19.40, USA, 2019
  • Pan Ams Record: United States, 2019, 3:24.84
  • Defending Champion: –

Top 3:

  • Gold: United States, 3:24.84
  • Silver: Brazil, 3:25.87
  • Bronze: Mexico, 3:31.36

Brazil got off to a strong start with Breno Correia‘s 48.81 lead-off split in the mixed 4 x 100 freestyle relay. Venezuela’s Christian Quintero hit the wall 2nd in 49.00, and Team USA’s Michael Chadwick 3rd in 49.09.

Nathan Adrian went in next for the Americans, splitting a massive 47.56, barely faster than Brazil’s Marcelo Chierighini, who nonetheless hit the wall first after blasting a 47.61 on the 2nd 100.

Claire Rasmus went in 3rd for the Americans, while Larissa Oliviera hit the water 3rd for the Brazilians. Rasmus managed a 55.10 to Oliviera’s 54.72, meaning the two teams touched the wall at 300 meters in 2:31.14 (Brazil) and 2:31.75.

Margo Geer went in next for the Americans, blasting a 53.09 to Brazil’s Etiene Medeiros‘ 54.83.

At 400 meters, Team USA got the touch and the gold medal in 3:24.84. Brazil finished 2nd in 3:25.87, and Mexico 3rd in 3:31.36.

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3 years ago

200 back: “… a slender .01 ahead of Canada’s Madison Broad.” 🙂

3 years ago

Low amplitude is desirable in fly. Less wasted motion going up and down. But IMHO, Sarah Gibson swam the fly races TOO low She seemed to be swimming uphill, especially in the 200 fly, where she seemed to carry the piano in the small of her back right from the start, with her arms barely able to recover above the surface. I struggle with the same issues, even when sprinting fly. Two solutions come to mind: Core strengthening and more bend of the knees. Also, recovering with the back muscles, not the hands and shoulders. Maybe some iron-abbed shooters with fins, too.

3 years ago

Vini Lanza from Brazil who graduated from Indiana this year, was the NCAA champion in the 100 fly, went to “Colégio Estadual Governador Milton Campos”, is dating Annie Lazor, has been featured in Cody Miller’s vlogs, trained with Ray Looze, has signed with the London Roar ISL team, and Big Ten Champion in the 200 fly.

3 years ago

Watched only till 100 fly and can’t understand why Brazil did not go with the order of chiereghini fratus Etiene larissa

3 years ago

Shields , beating Lanza after a disastruous 200 !!! Talk about Redemption for himself here ! Gutsy swim ! well done

Ol' Longhorn
3 years ago

Geer and Adrian showed up for that relay.

Bobo Gigi
3 years ago

Maybe Tom Shields should stop swimming the 200 fly. Nice rebound from him. Cool.
Still not the breakthrough swim from Drew Kibler I expect since his junior years.
Great battle between Alex Walsh and Isabelle Stadden in the 200 back. Stadden always has a huge last 50. Good new PB for Miss Walsh in 2.08.30. Her previous PB was 2.09.36. Cool to see her improve again in that event since last year. She was in 2.10.55 at 13!

Reply to  Bobo Gigi
3 years ago

Has to be a discouraging meet for Kibler… slower than mid-season when it looked like a breakout summer.

3 years ago

Just a hunch but I think it’s Vini Lanza.

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3 years ago


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