2019 Pan American Games: Day 5 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 final session from Lima will feature six medal events, led off by the women’s 1500 where Argentine Delfina Pignatiello will look to complete the distance sweep after winning the 400 and 800 earlier in the meet.

Following that, we’ll see the women’s and men’s 200 IM, the men’s mile, and the 400 medley relays.

The United States have opted to go with Nic Fink on the breaststroke leg of the men’s relay over individual silver medalist Cody Miller. Fink split 58.86 this morning, and Miller disqualified the mixed relay.

For a full preview of the session click here.


  • World Record: 15:20.48, Katie Ledecky (USA), 2018
  • Pan Am Record: 17:02.06, Regina Caracas Ramírez (MEX), 2019
  • 2015 Champion: N/A
  1. Delfina Pignatiello (ARG), 16:16.54
  2. Kristel Kobrich (CHI), 16:18.19
  3. Becca Mann (USA), 16:23.23

Delfina Pignatiello becomes the first Pan Am champion in the women’s 1500 freestyle, fighting off veteran Kristel Kobrich to win in a time of 16:16.54. The win gives the 20-year-old a sweep of the distance events, and smashes the Games Record of 17:02.06 set in this morning’s heats by default by Regina Caracas Ramírez of Mexico.

After taking the early lead, Pignatiello was overtaken by Kobrich at the halfway mark and had to fight her way back into the driver seat around the 1150. She was a PB of 15:51.68 two months ago.

This is Kobrich’s fifth career Pan Am medal, first claiming one back at the 2003 Games in Santo Domingo.

Americans Becca Mann (16:23.23) and Mariah Denigan (16:27.50) placed third and fourth.


  • World Record: 2:06.12, Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2015
  • Pan Am Record: 2:10.51, Caitlin Leverenz (USA), 2015
  • 2015 Champion: Caitlin Leverenz (USA), 2:10.51
  1. Alex Walsh (USA), 2:11.24
  2. Meghan Small (USA), 2:11.36
  3. Bailey Andison (CAN), 2:14.14

American teammates Alex Walsh and Meghan Small had near-identical splits on all four 50s of the women’s 200 IM, with Walsh prevailing at the wall in a final time of 2:11.24. That improves her previous best of 2:11.83 from last summer.

This is Walsh’s third gold medal of the competition and second individual after winning the 200 back earlier.

Turning 0.03 ahead of Small at the 150, Walsh out-split her 31.87 to 31.96 on the freestyle to seal the win.

Small picked up the silver in 2:11.36, a tenth shy of her PB from the 2015 Pan Am Games (2:11.36).

Canadian Bailey Andison was the bronze medalist in 2:14.14.

In fifth, McKenna Debever set a new Peruvian Record in 2:15.48.


  • World Record: 1:54.00, Ryan Lochte (USA), 2011
  • Pan Am Record: 1:57.06, Henrique Rodrigues (BRA), 2015
  • 2015 Champion: Henrique Rodrigues (BRA), 1:57.06
  1. Will Licon (USA), 1:59.13
  2. Caio Pumputis (BRA), 2:00.12
  3. Leonardo Santos (BRA), 2:00.29

Sitting in fourth at the 100m mark, Will Licon dropped back-to-back splits of 33.01 on breast and 28.82 on free to run down Caio Pumputis and win the men’s 200 IM by almost a full second in 1:59.13.

The time lowers Licon’s previous season-best of 1:59.74, and gives him two individual gold medals at the competition.

Pumputis touched second in 2:00.12, narrowly holding off Brazilian teammate Leonardo Santos (2:00.29).

Tom Peribonio of Ecuador was fourth in 2:01.25, followed by Jose Martinez who set a new Mexican Record in 2:02.09.


  • World Record: 14:31.02, Sun Yang (CHN), 2012
  • Pan Am Record: 15:06.40, Ryan Cochrane (CAN), 2015
  • 2015 Champion: Ryan Cochrane (CAN), 15:06.40
  1. Guilherme Costa (BRA), 15:09.93
  2. True Sweetser (USA), 15:14.24
  3. Ricardo Vargas (MEX), 15:14.99

Guilherme Costa held the field at bay down the stretch to win the men’s 1500 in a time of 15:09.93, over ten seconds faster than he was at the World Championships last month. This is Brazil’s first title in the event since the inaugural Games in 1951.

True Sweetser progressively made his way through the field throughout the race, overtaking Ricardo Vargas on the final 100 to claim silver in 15:14.24. Vargas won bronze in 15:14.99, three seconds off his Mexican Record, and Marcelo Acosta of El Salvador was fourth in 15:21.03.


  • World Record: 3:50.40, United States, 2019
  • Pan Am Record: 3:56.53, United States, 2015
  • 2015 Champion: United States, 3:56.53
  1. United States, 3:57.64
  2. Canada, 4:01.90
  3. Brazil, 4:04.96

The U.S. women cruised to victory in the 400 medley relay, topping the Canadians by over four seconds in 3:57.64.

Phoebe Bacon led off in a lifetime best of 59.02, improving on her personal best by a tenth, and then Annie Lazor (1:06.35), Kendyl Stewart (58.62) and Margo Geer (53.65) brought them home. Bacon remains #2 all-time in the U.S. 15-16 age group, trailing Regan Smith‘s 58.83. She turns 17 on Monday.

Canada took silver in 4:01.90, with a solid 54.76 anchor from Alexia Zevnik, and Brazil took bronze in 4:04.96.


  • World Record: 3:27.28, United States, 2009
  • Pan Am Record: 3:32.68, Brazil, 2015
  • 2015 Champion: Brazil, 3:32.68
  1. United States, 3:30.25
  2. Brazil, 3:30.98
  3. Argentina, 3:38.41

The U.S. men prevailed in a tight race with Brazil in the medley relay, clocking a time of 3:30.25 to take over two seconds off the Games Record of 3:32.68 from 2015.

Guilherme Guido gave the Brazilians a slight lead off the backstroke leg, splitting 53.70 to Daniel Carr‘s 53.95, but then it was Nic Fink (58.57) out-splitting Joao Gomes (58.86) to give the U.S. a 0.04 advantage heading into the butterfly.

That’s where the difference came, as Tom Shields threw down a 50.40 split that included a blistering 23.01 opening 50 (with a 0.05 reaction). That gave them over seven-tenths on Brazil after Vini Lanza split 51.13, and then Nathan Adrian (47.33) held Marcelo Chierighini (47.29) at bay on the freestyle.

Brazil was also well under the old record in 3:30.98, and Argentina set a new National Record for bronze in 3:38.41.

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3 years ago

I am agreeing with commenter that is disappointed in the caliber of commentary during this meet. Celebrate the good and great performances. As for Cody Miller, I believe that coaches make the relay line up decisions, so some responsibility lies with them.

Reply to  Notaswimmer
3 years ago

Most overdone comments:

The piano
Cody Miller dolphin kicks
anything MA, USRPT he only swims 50s etc
the coach has ruined the swimmer
China, Russia and Brazil are all doping
they need to use (or not use) a certain swimmer on the relay
Any doping comments on Texas swimmers
FINA sucks
USA women’s backstroke is insane
USA men’s 100 free is insane
Rowdy Gaines is a terrible commentator
what is the livestream link
Predictions that swimmer times will be insanely fast

Reply to  Taa
3 years ago

So no comments?

Reply to  Taa
3 years ago

New themes for 2020:

The piano is doping
FINA dolphin kicks
Rowdy Gaines is insane
Predictions that the livestream link will be insanely fast!

Reply to  run-dmc
3 years ago

The piano was definitely doping in Shield’s 200fly final – that thing was way heavier than usual!

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  MTK
3 years ago

That was an all-time grand piano. I wasn’t commenting during the event but I knew darn well what the abused theme would be here. Fully warranted. His second 100 looked like one of the competitors in the first morning heat among 6 at the world championships.

Reply to  run-dmc
2 years ago

The coach is insanely fly
Where are the doping kicks
USRPT is a slow commentator
The relay has ruined USA men’s free
USA women’s back will be breaststroke
They need to not use piano on the 1500 FINA (???)

Reply to  Taa
3 years ago


Reply to  Taa
3 years ago

Well, the USRPT thing is real….

As is Cody DQ’d two international relays so far….

Reply to  Taa
3 years ago

You forgot comments about Texas Tap Water and certain swimmers being faster in practice.

Ol’ Gator
3 years ago

A cal aquatics medley relay would be really fast

Ol’ Gator
Reply to  Ol’ Gator
3 years ago

52 +59.5+50.5+47 with Murphy, Whitley, Shields and Adrian = 3:29

Bobo Gigi
3 years ago

Very good meet for Alex Walsh. I expected a 2.10 in the 200 IM but 2.11 low is not bad at all. And more importantly she won her individual races this week. That’s what matters in championships. While her sister Gretchen has very good chances to be in the 4X100 relay team it will be hard for Alex to make the team either in the 200 back or in the 200 IM next year but we never know. She needs to improve her times by 2 seconds in both races. In the 200 IM you have Margalis and Cox ahead right now. Maybe making the top 2 is more feasible in the 200 back. Much will depend on Baker’s performances.… Read more »

Reply to  Bobo Gigi
3 years ago

And Baker if she swims the 200 im

3 years ago

Nic Fink taking the relay spot over Cody and setting himself up nicely to take over his place on the Olympic team:
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3 years ago


Ol’ Gator
3 years ago

Shields really wants to be a 2 flyer and Everyone else really wants him to be a 1 flyer ☹️

Reply to  Ol’ Gator
3 years ago

well he is way faster on the 100 fly …..

3 years ago

Does Nic Fink not have a profile on here? He’s not included in the In This Story section

3 years ago

Now we should all bombard cody miller’s vlog so he KNOWS how annoyed we are with his cheating

Reply to  Biggy
3 years ago

Calm down. We get it.

Reply to  Biggy
3 years ago

Between Cody and Cordes, we’d have 4 relays DQ’d.

$5 for a reliable breaststroker?

Reply to  Well
3 years ago

Andrew Wilson

Reply to  DEAN IS GOD
3 years ago

Wilson & Fink are winners

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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