2019 Pan American Games: Day 4 Finals Live Recap


  • 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 penultimate finals session from Lima will feature the men’s and women’s 50 freestyle, 400 IM, and 4×200 free relays.

Among the highlights will be Brazilian Bruno Fratus going for his first career individual Pan Am gold medal in the men’s 50 after winning back-to-back silvers in 2011 and 2015, Mary-Sophie Harvey and Tessa Cieplucha looking to give Canada their first gold medal of the competition in the women’s 400 IM, and Brandonn Almeida aiming to repeat in the men’s medley.

In the women’s 4×200 free, the U.S. is going with Claire RasmusAlex WalshSarah Gibson and Meaghan Raab, while the men will lineup Drew KiblerGrant HouseSam Pomajevich and Chris Wieser.

The Brazilian men bring a loaded lineup that features Luiz MeloFernando SchefferJoao de Lucca and Breno Correia.

For a full preview of tonight’s session, click here.


  • World Record: 23.67, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 2017
  • Pan Am Record: 24.31, Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace (BAH), 2015
  • 2015 champ: 24.31, Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace (BAH)
  1. Etiene Medeiros (BRA), 24.88
  2. Margo Geer (USA), 25.03
  3. Madison Kennedy (USA), 25.14

Brazilian Etiene Medeiros claims gold in the women’s 50 free in a time of 24.88, moving up one spot on the podium after winning silver four years ago in Toronto. The 28-year-old, who has been as fast as 24.53 this year, now has four medals here in Lima.

Margo Geer and Madison Kennedy gave the U.S. two swimmers on the podium in second and third, clocking times of 25.03 and 25.14 respectively.

Geer has been 24.78 this season, while Kennedy was only 0.02 off her 2019 best of 25.12.

Lorrane Ferreira of Brazil and Kyla Leibel of Canada tied for forth in 25.52.


  1. Bruno Fratus, BRA, 21.61
  2. Nathan Adrian, USA, 21.87
  3. Michael Chadwick, USA, 21.99

After back-to-back silvers Bruno Fratus is the Pan Am Games champion in the men’s 50 free, registering a time of 21.61 to narrowly miss Cesar Cielo‘s 2011 meet record of 21.58.

The now 30-year-old was the runner-up behind Cielo in Guadalajara and then repeated that finish four years ago in Toronto trailing American Josh Schneider.

Fratus is the second-fastest swimmer in the world this year with a time of 21.31, and won silver at the World Championships last month.

Nathan Adrian of the United States picks up a second individual silver in a time of 21.87, putting him on the U.S. National Team in the event and giving him 11 consecutive years under 22 seconds.

His teammate Michael Chadwick followed up his PB of 21.95 this morning with a very solid 21.99 for the bronze medal, repeating his 100m result like Adrian.

Gabriel Castano missed his Mexican National Record by just 0.03 in fourth in a time of 22.23.


  • World Record: 4:26.36, Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2015
  • Pan Am Record: 4:35.46, Caitlin Leverenz (USA), 2015
  • 2015 champ: 4:35.46, Caitlin Leverenz (USA)
  1. Tessa Cieplucha, CAN, 4:39.90
  2. Virginia Bardach, ARG, 4:41.05
  3. Mary-Sophie Harvey, CAN, 4:43.20

Tessa Cieplucha took over the lead on the second length of backstroke and never looked back, winning the women’s 400 IM in a time of 4:39.90 to give Canada their first gold medal in the pool.

The rising Tennessee senior was just under a second off her personal best time of 4:38.96 set earlier this year at the Canadian World Trials.

Argentine Virginia Bardach earned her second medal of the competition with a silver in 4:41.05, improving on her previous best of 4:43.17 from 2016. The 27-year-old won the 200 fly on night one.

Mary-Sophie Harvey was a little off her prelim swim but still managed to get two Canadians on the podium in third, moving past American Allie Szekely on the freestyle leg for a final time of 4:43.20.

Szekely was fourth in 4:45.29, and her 16-year-old teammate Mariah Denigan was fifth in 4:48.47.


  1. Charlie Swanson, USA, 4:11.46
  2. Leonardo Santos, BRA, 4:19.41
  3. Brandonn Almeida, BRA, 4:21.10

American Charlie Swanson absolutely demolished the field in the men’s 400 IM, clocking a time of 4:11.46 for a new personal best and the #4 time in the world this year.

Previously sitting 22nd with his old best of 4:14.01, Swanson jumps up to #7 all-time amongst Americans, moving past now #8 Gunnar Bentz who was scheduled to race alongside him today in Lima but dropped out to an illness.

A rising senior with Michigan, Swanson did the majority of his damage on the breaststroke leg where he split a massive 1:08.94. That saw his lead rocket from 1.3 seconds after the backstroke to 7.3 at the 300m turn.

In the absence of Bentz, Brazil picked up the two minor medals, with Leonardo Santos second in 4:19.41 and 2015 champion Brandonn Almeida third in 4:21.10. Almeida had been a 4:13.69 earlier this year at the Maria Lenk Trophy.

Tom Peribonio of Ecuador, who formerly swam with South Carolina in the NCAA, was fourth in 4:22.21. He and Almeida were the only returning finalists from four years ago (Peribonio was seventh in 2015, initially touching eighth before Thiago Pereira was disqualified).


  • World Record: 7:41.50, Australia, 2019
  • Pan Am record: 7:54.32, United States, 2015
  • 2015 champs: 7:54.32, United States, 2015
  1. United States, 7:57.33
  2. Canada, 7:59.16
  3. Brazil, 8:07.77

It was a close race most of the way with the Canadians, but the U.S. women ultimately claimed their fifth consecutive title in the women’s 4×200 free relay in a time of 7:57.33.

Claire Rasmus gave them an early lead in 1:59.17, just ahead of Canada’s Alyson Ackman (1:59.55) and Brazil’s Aline Rodrigues (1:59.56), and then Alex Walsh extended the advantage with a 1:58.27 split swimming second.

Danica Ludlow (1:59.83) made up some ground on Sarah Gibson (2:01.75) on the third leg, but then Meaghan Raab shut the door on the anchor leg for the Americans with the fastest split in the field at 1:58.14.

Joining Ackman and Ludlow for Canada was Katerine Savard (2:00.36) and Mary-Sophie Harvey (1:59.42), as they pick up the silver medal in 7:59.16.

Brazil was within striking distance through 600 metres but fell off towards the end to take the bronze over eight seconds behind Canada in 8:07.77. Rodrigues’ lead-off was her first time sub-2:00.

Delfina Pignatiello opened in 2:02.61 for Argentina to lead them to fourth in 8:15.72.


  • World Record: 6:58.55, United States, 2009
  • Pan Am record: 7:11.15, Brazil, 2015
  • 2015 champs: 7:11.15, Brazil
  1. Brazil, 7:10.66
  2. United States, 7:14.82
  3. Mexico, 7:19.43

The Brazilian men successfully defended their title in the men’s 4×200 free, clocking 7:10.66 for a new Games Record. That time improves on the 7:11.15 they went to win four years ago.

Drew Kibler of the United States was the fastest man on the opening leg in 1:47.31, leading Jorge Iga (1:47.92) of Mexico and Luiz Melo (1:48.10) of Brazil, and then Fernando Scheffer pulled the defending champs into the lead with a 1:46.36 swimming second.

Brazil only gained from there, with Joao De Lucca (1:48.62) and Breno Correia (1:47.58) bringing them in for the victory.

Melo, Scheffer and Correia were all members of the Brazilian team that broke the world record in the short course metres version of this event at SC Worlds in December.

Kibler was joined by Grant House (1:48.31), Sam Pomajevich (1:49.34) and Chris Wieser (1:49.86) on the U.S. team who settled for silver in 7:14.82.

Mexico won bronze in a new National Record of 7:19.43, with the splits from Iga and Long Gutierrez (1:47.90) their two keys. Peru also hit a new national mark in sixth in 7:42.05.

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2 years ago

Desperately want to see a 21.xx from Nathan tonight.

Reply to  MTK
2 years ago

1. Fratus 21.74
2. Adrian 21.91
2. Chadwick 21.91

Reply to  Wow
2 years ago

Nah Fratus

Pac Swim Fan
Reply to  Ryan
2 years ago

National Team though (#4)

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Wow
2 years ago

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2 years ago

US – Rasmus, Walsh, Gibson, Raab – Nice lineup
US – Kibler, House, Pomajevich, Wieser – Smart strategy

2 years ago

Time to see a 200 free from Adrian and Chadwick… this should be fun!

Reply to  Ryan
2 years ago

Kibler, House, Pomajevich, Wieser
Did you even look at the start list??

Reply to  Ryan
2 years ago

Not happening, but would love to see it. I wonder what they could do though.

2 years ago

live stream anywhere?

2 years ago

Etiene good 50 free after a terrible world (not even passing prelims)

2 years ago

Kennedy was slow off the block, had to play catch up. Maybe she should go to NC state to train

Reply to  Heyitsme
2 years ago

She is trying to get faster….

Reply to  Heyitsme
2 years ago

It’s amazing what she does basically training solo in Charlotte

Reply to  Swimmer0883
2 years ago

I mean she’d do better with more motivation I’m sure. Is there a reason she isn’t with a team?

Reply to  Heyitsme
2 years ago

Who are you to question her motivation? She’s quirky, she’s happy.

Reply to  Walter
2 years ago

He didn’t question her motivation, Mrs. Walter. With teammates and coaches she would obviously be more motivated and driven.

Reply to  Wow
2 years ago

I think coaches and teammates may provide benefits for most athletes but by no means would she ‘obviously be more motivated and driven.’ That inner burn is what real drive is all about.

2 years ago

National team?

Reply to  DEAN IS GOD
2 years ago

Swim off between Robert Howard and Bowe Becker 🙂

But honestly, they will probably just give it to both

Reply to  DEAN IS GOD
2 years ago

I think that’s his best 50 of the year and ties him with Held for the #3 US time, so yes.

2 years ago

Adrian 21.8

Nathan 1, Cancer 0….

Reply to  Wondering
2 years ago

Nathan 1 million
Cancer 0

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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