2019 Pan American Games: Day 2 Prelims Preview

2019 PAN AMERICAN GAMES

  • 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

SCRATCHES

There have been a few notable scratches out of day two prelims at the Pan Am Games.

Fresh off winning the women’s 400 freestyle on night one, Argentine Delfina Pignatiello has dropped out of the 200 free after initially being seeded eighth.

Long Gutierrez of Mexico has opted out of the men’s 200 free, where he was ranked eighth, in order to focus on the 100 fly, and Krystal Lara of the Dominican Republic has made a similar move dropping the women’s 100 fly (ninth) in favor of the 200 back. 

Kristen Romano of Puerto Rico has also dropped the women’s 200 back after coming in seeded sixth.

DAY 2 EVENT LINEUP

  • 200 freestyle
  • 100 butterfly
  • 200 backstroke
  • 400 mixed freestyle relay

BRAZILIAN WOMEN LOOK FOR INDIVIDUAL HARDWARE IN 200 FREE

Day two will open with the women’s 200 freestyle, where Brazil will be looking to get on the podium after scoring zero individual female medals on the opening night. Manuella Lyrio and Larissa Oliveira enter holding the #1 and #3 seeds overall respectively. Both were members of the silver medal-winning women’s 400 free relay on day one.

SCHEFFER, CORREIA ENTER AS FAVORITES IN MEN’S 200

Neither Fernando Scheffer (3:49.60 400 free) nor Breno Correia (48.82 relay lead-off) were swimming best times on day one, but now come in as favorites to go 1-2 in the men’s 200 free. Scheffer was 1:45.51 last December, while Correia holds a best of 1:46.65.

Americans Grant House and Drew Kibler will also look to get back on the podium after winning silver on the 400 free relay last night.

U.S. AIMS FOR SEVEN STRAIGHT IN WOMEN’S 100 FLY

The American women will be aiming to continue their tradition of excellence in the women’s 100 fly, with a chance to win a seventh straight title for the country in the event. Kendyl Stewart and Sarah Gibson are the top two seeds.

SHIELDS LOOKS FOR REBOUND IN 100 FLY

The men’s 100 fly features three swimmers entered under the 52-second mark, including American Tom Shields who had a disappointing showing in the final of the 200. The 28-year-old faded to eighth last night but has a chance to rebound here and put himself in position to medal.

His main challengers will be Brazilians Vini Lanza and Luis Martinez, along with teammate Matthew Josa.

YOUNGSTERS LEAD THE WAY IN 200 BACK

The women’s 200 back is headlined by American junior standout Isabelle Stadden, who holds a best of 2:08.24 from U.S. Summer Nationals last summer. Her, along with second seed Alex Walsh (2:09.36), will look to get the U.S. back on the top of the podium after their string of 10 straight golds was halted in 2015 by Canadian Hilary CaldwellMadison Broad (2:09.45) has the best chance to make it two in a row for Canada.

In the men’s event, collegiate standouts Nick Alexander (Mizzou) and Daniel Carr (Cal) come in with a chance to both get on the podium as they hold down the #1 and #3 seeds. The Americans went 1-2 four years ago in Toronto, and the bronze medalist there – Leonardo de Deus – will be the biggest threat to ruin the U.S. sweep. de Deus had a good start to the meet by winning the 200 fly on day one.

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MIKE_IN_DALLAS

Wouldn’t it be GREAT to have Tom Shields AND Matt Josa both medal in the finals!

Finn

Indeed

Heyitsme

If the piano doesn’t drop

Ol’ Longhorn

They’ve both had their share of tough luck. Really pulling for Shields.

Caleb

Any theories as to why the first day was so brutally slow, almost across the board? At least for the Americans, and it seemed the Brazilians – don’t know how it seemed to the other countries swimming here. Is it the 10pm and 11pm swimming? Food poisoning? A 51-meter pool?

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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