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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3 years ago

So Gunnar Bentz pretty much flew down just to not swim at all?

Reply to  Guy
3 years ago

It sucks for him. His whole year focused on this meet and can’t swim!

Reply to  Guy
3 years ago

It also sucks that he wont have a tapered meet to attempt to get onto the national team

3 years ago

The comment section actually needs to chill out with cody’s dolphin kick. Its not that hes cheating more than van der Burgh or Kitajima. Its just that he doesnt hide it as well. Its not that I support doing the extra dolphin kick, its just that I havent seen this much backlash to Kitajima or van der Burgh.

Also, with Licon’s inhaler, ive seen more comments about that, which seems to be an accident, than Jack, who seems to have done it in purpose.

Reply to  DBSwims
3 years ago

Van der Burgh definitely got backlash. Kitajima was before SwimSwam existed, but in the “circle of swimming” at the time he got a ton of heat.

Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

Kitajima got TONS of criticism. TONS!

Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

Yea I havent been on swimswam long enough to notice. My bad

Reply to  DBSwims
3 years ago

Plus considered that some commenters are concerned not just his dq in individual events, but about the US relay medal. DQ of CVDB or Kitajima had no such effect.

Reply to  Spectatorn
3 years ago

Yes, I understand that Cody has already lost one gold for US here and I agree that Cody maybe shouldnt be on the relay and should be fink or even cordes judging how far ahead the us is currently. I just seen a lot more attacks at Cody than I would think he deserves

Reply to  DBSwims
3 years ago

Second that, I’m not the one to say Cody did not use double dolphin kick in the past but without seeing the actual video I would reserve my criticism. There were some questionable calls in the past when it comes to multiple dolphin kicks including high level NCAA meets

3 years ago

can someone post an underwater footage of cody cheating the dolphin? cant find it on youtube

3 years ago

58.8 on Fink? Holy crap

3 years ago

Someone sponsor me and I’ll go to the IU breaststroke camp and do body dolphins off of every wall and do one hand touches

3 years ago

Off topic but I can’t comprehend why the IU breaststrokers tapered in May when they have their big meet a little over two months later

Reply to  Wow
3 years ago

maybe to work on their dq tendencies to no avail. lol hello lilly and cody

3 years ago

Put Fink in. Miller blew it on the mixed medley

3 years ago

Btw guys, has anyone noticed it yet? KEVIN CORDES IS OUT OF THE US NATIONAL TEAM. None of his times have made top 6

Reply to  Biggy
3 years ago

Not even close

Reply to  Biggy
3 years ago

I think this will be his last meet

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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