2019 Pan Ams Day 5 Prelims Preview: Bentz Remains A Question Mark In 200 IM


  • 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 fifth and final preliminary session from Lima will feature the men’s and women’s 200 IM, the 400 medley relays, and the early heats of the 1500 freestyle.


  • Women’s 1500 free timed final early heat (1)
  • Women’s 200 IM
  • Men’s 200 IM
  • Men’s 1500 free timed final early heats (2)
  • Women’s 4×100 medley relay
  • Men’s 4×100 medley relay

Bentz Has Not Scratched 200 IM

American Gunnar Bentz was a surprising no-show in the prelims of the men’s 400 IM on day four, which we later learned was due to illness.

The former Georgia Bulldog has not scratched out of the 200 IM, but his status is still very much up in the air as USA Swimming stated: “The team will determine his participation in the 200 I.M. ahead of prelims tomorrow morning” yesterday.

He is currently the #1 seed in the event with a time of 1:58.66. The second seed is his American teammate Will Licon, who won gold in the 200 breaststroke on day three. The United States have not won this event since Ron Karnaugh in 1991.

Canadian Women Look For IM Sweep

Canada finally struck gold on night five in the women’s 400 IM, as Tessa Cieplucha won, and now Bailey Andison and Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson both have a shot to get the country another victory in the 200 IM.

Andison is the top seed at 2:11.33, and Seltenreich-Hodgson sits third in 2:11.74. They are flanked by Americans Meghan Small (2:11.65) and Alex Walsh (2:11.83). Walsh, in particular, has had a strong meet and could easily claim the win.

Neither Andison nor Seltenreich-Hodgson have had an individual event yet at the competition.

Americans have won the last three gold medals in this event historically, and have nine overall to Canada’s three.

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Looks like it could be a rough final day for TEAM USA — hope the relays works out!

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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