2019 Pan American Games: Day 5 Prelims 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 preliminary session from Lima will feature the men’s and women’s 200 IM, 400 medley relays, and the early heats of the 1500 free.

For a preview of the session click here.


  • World Record: 15:20.48, Katie Ledecky (USA), 2018
  • Pan Am Record: N/A
  • 2015 Champion: N/A
  1. Regina Caracas Ramírez (MEX), 17:02.06
  2. Maria Alvarez (COL), 17:11.21
  3. Fanny Ccollcca (PER), 17:15.85

Regina Caracas Ramírez of Mexico established the top time out of the one early heat in the women’s 1500 freestyle, clocking a time of 17:02.06 which is now an official Pan Am Record as this is the first time the event is being contested at the Games.

This swim improves on her previous best of 17:04.67 from the Barcelona stop of the Mare Nostrum Tour in June.


  • 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. Meghan Small (USA), 2:13.05
  2. Alex Walsh (USA), 2:14.55
  3. Bailey Andison (CAN), 2:15.15
  4. Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson (CAN), 2:15.78
  5. Monika Gonzalez Hermosillo (MEX), 2:17.38
  6. McKenna Debever (PER), 2:18.22
  7. Virginia Bardach (ARG), 2:18.54
  8. Camila Linds de Mello (BRA), 2:18.85

Meghan Small of the U.S. popped off the top time of the morning in the women’s 200 IM, clocking 2:13.05 out of heat two. That swim lowers her 2019 season-best, which previously stood at 2:13.18 from June. Small set her personal best of 2:11.26 at the 2015 Pan Ams where she won the silver medal.

Her American teammate Alex Walsh won the final heat in 2:14.55 for the #2 seed, leading Canadian Bailey Andison (2:15.15) who came in seeded first. Walsh owns a best of 2:11.83 from last summer, and was just off of that (2:11.86) at the Mare Nostrum stop in Barcelona in June.

Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson of Canada won the first heat for the fourth seed in 2:15.78.


  • 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), 2:00.97
  2. Caio Pumputis (BRA), 2:02.48
  3. Jose Martinez (MEX), 2:02.54
  4. Tom Peribonio (ECU), 2:02.67
  5. Leonardo Santos (USA), 2:02.74
  6. Javier Acevedo (CAN) / Patrick Groters (ARU), 2:03.33
  7. Bernhard Christianson (PAN), 2:04.00

Will Licon cruised to the top seed in the men’s 200 IM in a time of 2:00.97, winning the penultimate heat by over two seconds. Licon won the 200 breast earlier in the meet and has been as fast as 1:59.74 this year.

Brazilian Caio Pumputis won the final heat in 2:02.48 to qualify second, and Jose Martinez was two-tenths off his Mexican Record in 2:02.54 to advance in third out of heat two.

Patrick Groters qualified in a tie for seventh in 2:03.33 with Canadian Javier Acevedo, lowering his Aruban National Record of 2:04.13 set last July.

Top seed Gunnar Bentz was a no-show once again after he missed the 400 IM yesterday. Per USA Swimming Bentz has not been feeling well. He was the bronze medalist in this event four years ago.


  • 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. Ivo Cassini (ARG), 15:44.15
  2. Christian Bayo (PUR), 15:50.66
  3. Andy Arteta (VEN), 16:01.13

Ivo Cassini of Argentina set the top time out of the early heats in the men’s 1500, touching in 15:44.15. Cassini went a best of 15:38.84 this past April.


  • 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, 4:04.32
  2. Brazil, 4:09.82
  3. Canada, 4:10.26
  4. Argentina, 4:15.44
  5. Mexico, 4:16.69
  6. Peru, 4:16.97
  7. Venezuela, 4:19.12
  8. Bahamas, 4:26.60

The American women qualified first by over five seconds in the 400 medley relay, led by a 1:00.29 backstroke leg from Isabelle Stadden. They finished in a time of 4:04.32, with Brazil second in 4:09.82 and Canada third in 4:10.26.

Molly Hannis (1:08.20), Sarah Gibson (1:00.39) and Lia Neal (55.44) joined Stadden on the U.S. relay. In the final look for Phoebe BaconAnnie LazorKendyl Stewart and Margo Geer to sub in.


  • 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, 3:33.91
  2. Brazil, 3:40.11
  3. Mexico, 3:41.44
  4. Paraguay, 3:44.28
  5. Argentina, 3:44.50
  6. Colombia, 3:44.79
  7. Venezuela, 3:46.48
  8. Panama, 3:51.41

The U.S. team of Nick Alexander (54.42), Nic Fink (58.86), Matthew Josa (51.97) and Michael Chadwick (48.66) crushed the field in the prelims of the men’s 400 medley relay, recording a time of 3:33.91. They were the only team sub-3:40.

Daniel CarrTom Shields and Nathan Adrian will certainly come in for tonight’s final on back, fly and free, and the coaches now have a decision on their hands after Fink’s quick breaststroke leg this morning. Cody Miller was the individual silver medalist in the 100 breast, but was the reason their mixed medley relay was DQed earlier.

Brazil was the second-fastest team in 3:40.11, with Felipe Lima‘s 59.69 breast split their most notable leg.

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1 year ago

Fink in the medley relay heat this AM – does Miller get the boot tonight and give the spot to Cordes?
Something tells me they are going to use MILLER in the finals, and they used Fink in the heats because he has been 59.9 this year in season and had a great 200 and Cordes couldn’t break a minute.

Reply to  Wow
1 year ago

Depends. If it’s close I’d give it to Miller, if it’s not I’d give it to Cordes

Reply to  Wow
1 year ago

I think if Fink is as fast as Cody, Fink will get the nod tonight. I don’t think Cordes is in the picture. He had a few chances and all weren’t good!

Reply to  Superfan
1 year ago

I don’t know. If we’re going off in season timrs, Cody has been 59.2, and did split a 58.8 on the relay he dq’d. He’ll keep it together because he knows they’re watching him now

Reply to  N80
1 year ago

You would’ve thought he would keep it together after he DQ’d the US relay at 2016 SC Worlds, but clearly not.

Bobo Gigi
Reply to  Wow
1 year ago

Cordes also has his history of drama in the relays. He DQ’d the US relay at worlds in Barcelona 2013.
USA had easily touched first. But thanks to Cordes the gold went to France.

Reply to  Bobo Gigi
1 year ago

Agree but he hasn’t done anything this week to even be considered

Reply to  Bobo Gigi
1 year ago

That bad exchange wasn’t Cordes’ fault. Watch the replay. This “relay drama” crap is so overblown. Time to give it a rest.

Reply to  fluidg
1 year ago

Just re-watched it. Totally on Cordes

Reply to  Joe
1 year ago

Six years ago people. Let it go. Move on.

Reply to  Wow
1 year ago

And a couple other times

Reply to  N80
1 year ago

Lol nah. He’s gonna do what he always does. And frankly if he’s on the relay I hope he gets nailed again.

Reply to  Roch
1 year ago

While I agree he should be disqualified if he does deserve it hoping 3 other swimmers are hurt because of it is a horrible thing to wish

Reply to  Jimbo
1 year ago

Personally I’d like to see Licon get a go tonight. Was out 1:01 on the 200 was a big player on those Texas medleys in college and is known as a rider

Reply to  Swimnerd
1 year ago

He has never broken 1:00 in his entire career and he also has the 2im before relay.

Reply to  Jimbo
1 year ago

I don’t want his teammates hurt by his poor choices, but if that’s what it takes to teach the lesson… that’s on Cody and the coaches if it happens. And better to learn it here than in Tokyo.

1 year ago

Does not look like Licon misses his inhaler.

Reply to  Swimmer
1 year ago

I am so disappointed with team USA, here in this pan ams line up in particular. Licon and Miller- different circumcstances, both cheats

Reply to  Biggy
1 year ago

hmm point taken. cody is pure trash

Reply to  Biggy
1 year ago

What do you mean??

1 year ago

will the breaststroke cheat get to swim again? #dolphins

Reply to  Biggy
1 year ago

Biggy do you have a personal vendetta against Cody Miller? Did he beat you pretty bad in the past and you never quite got over it?

Reply to  Tomek
1 year ago

Right! Someone (Biggy) sounds beyond bitter. Who are you to talk about others like that.

Reply to  Tomek
1 year ago

I have a personal vendetta on those who cheat. He never learned. ALWAYS has he done multiple dolphin kicks, and to have the nerve to vlog still? annnoying

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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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