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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2 years ago

Good call. Miller blew his chance

Reply to  N80
2 years ago

Vlog incoming

2 years ago

It’s Fink!

2 years ago

Thank God now I don’t have to hear everyone whining about how much they hate miller

Bobo Gigi
Reply to  Dresselmobile
2 years ago

I don’t hate Miller. It’s not because we criticize someone that we hate him. It’s not because I say after the DQ earlier in the meet that it would be wiser in the future relays to stop putting him in the lineups that I hate him.

Reply to  Bobo Gigi
2 years ago

we dont want him on any relay again ……

2 years ago

Anyone have a livestream link?

Reply to  LIAC!!
2 years ago

Check the right side of the page.

Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

Do you have the free link

Reply to  LIAC!!
2 years ago

I don’t have a free link.

2 years ago

Great call by the coaches.

Bobo Gigi
Reply to  Zanna
2 years ago

It’s just common sense.

2 years ago

Will Cody mention his DQ and the door being slammed in his face for the medley relay in his vlog?

Reply to  Wow
2 years ago


Reply to  Pinodee
2 years ago

I CHEATED. I am sorry (emotional)

Reply to  Wow
2 years ago

Who slammed their door in his face?

Reply to  Cryoban
2 years ago

In his own face

2 years ago

Pignatiello peaked in June at Mare Nostrums (even though she has had a great meet in terms of gold medals)
4:06 in 400 in June / 4:10 at this meet
15:51 in 1500 in June / 16:16 at this meet

Reply to  Wow
2 years ago

MA’s soulmate?

13 % Chinese person
Reply to  Wow
2 years ago

She still won . What is your point?

2 years ago

Live stream that’s in English. All I’m getting is football on the pan ams English stream

Reply to  50free
2 years ago

ESPNU English stream is showing the soccer and A finals for swimming. It will switch back to the pool when an A final is up.

Reply to  Swamrgrl
2 years ago

Thank you. Got a team mate swimming in the a final and I’m really excited

Reply to  50free
2 years ago

It switches back and forth between the football and swimming

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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