2023 Pan American Games: Day 5 Finals Live Recap

2023 PAN AMERICAN GAMES

And here we are. We have reached the final session of the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile. At least one Pan American Games Record has fallen on each of the first four days, so we’ll see if that streak continues today.

DAY 5 FINALS EVENT SCHEDULE

  • Women’s 1500 free (Timed Final – Fast Heat)
  • Women’s 200 IM
  • Men’s 200 IM
  • Men’s 1500 free (Timed Final – Fast Heat)
  • Women’s 4×100 medley relay
  • Men’s 4×100 medley relay

The women’s 1500 looks like an event which could see the meet record fall. The record stands at 16:16.54, a mark which five of the eight swimmers in the fast heat tonight have been faster than. Beatriz Dizotti comes in as the top seed by a wide margin, entering with a 16:01.95.

The men’s 1500 free could definitely see the record go down as well. Brazil’s Guilherme Costa is the South American Record holder in the event (14:48.53) and comes in as the top seed in the event. The record sits at 15:06.40.

Sydney Pickrem leads the charge in the women’s 200 IM. After a strong showing in the women’s 200 breast earlier in the week, Pickrem will be looking for her 2nd individual gold medal. The Pan Ams Record stands at 2:10.51, a time which we could realistically see Pickrem, who has been 2:08.61, go tonight.

WOMEN’S 1500 FREESTYLE – TIMED FINAL

  • World Record: 15:20.48 – Katie Ledecky, United States (2018)
  • Pan American Games Record: 16:16.54 – Delfina Pignatiello, Argentina (2019)

PODIUM:

After a stellar showing in the women’s 1500 free, in which she won silver and clocked a huge new personal best, American Rachel Stege was in even better form in the 1500 tonight, winning gold in 16:13.59. Where to start? The performance was a massive new career best for Stege, who entered today with a lifetime mark of 16:29.55, a time which she swam earlier this summer. In addition to the huge new PB, Stege also cracked the Pan American Games Record in the event, which stood at 16:16.54 from the 2019 Games. It’s worth noting that this year marks only the second time the women’s 1500 free has been offered at the Pan American Games.

Coming in second with a huge performance in her own right was Chilean star Kristel Kobrich. One of the great storylines of these Pan American Games, Kobrich was a flag-bearer for the host country. She’s competing in a record 6th Pan American Games at 38 years of age. Kobrich has long been a South American distance star and tonight’s performance was nothing short of excellent. She clocked a 16:14.59, picking up the silver medal. Kobrich now has earned a total of 6 individual Pan American Games medals. She’s also now earned a medal at 5 different Pan Ams, which is another record for the veteran.

Brazil picked up another medal as well, seeing Viviane Jungblut clock a 16:19.89 for 3rd.

WOMEN’S 200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY – FINALS

  • World Record: 2:06.12 – Katinka Hosszu, Hungary (2015)
  • Pan American Games Record: 2:10.51 – Caitlin Leverenz, United States (2015)

PODIUM:

As expected, Canadian Sydney Pickrem won gold in the women’s 200 IM tonight, shattering the Pan American Games Record in the process. Pickrem clocked a 2:09.04, which came in well under the previous record of 2:10.51, which former American star Caitlin Leverenz posted at the 2015 Pan Ams.

For Pickrem, it was a really strong swim, coming in less than half-a-second off her personal best of 2:08.61. As she normally is, Pickrem was really good in the middle of the race. She split 28.73 on fly, then clocked a speedy 32.07 on back. Pickrem followed that up with a 37.77 on breast, then a 30.47 on free, both of which were the fastest in the field.

Canada was dominant in the event, as Mary-Sophie Harvey clocked a 2:11.92 for 2nd tonight. She and Pickrem were the only swimmers in the field under 2:14 tonight. Harvey has been under 2:10 earlier this year. In fact, she was 3rd in prelims of the 200 IM at the World Championships in Fukuoka this summer with a 2:09.65.

American Kennedy Noble, the gold medalist in the women’s 200 back, earned the bronze medal here tonight, swimming a 2:14.19.

MEN’S 200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY – FINALS

  • World Record: 1:54.00 – Ryan Lochte, United States (2011)
  • Pan American Games Record: 1:57.06 – Henrique Rodrigues, Brazil (2015)

PODIUM:

Canada picked up their second-straight gold medal, seeing Finlay Knox win by over a second. Knox, the Canadian Record holder in the event (1:57.26), swam a 1:58.74 tonight, beating out American Arsenio Bustos, who came in 2nd with a 1:59.89. Knox was strong in the middle of the race, splitting 30.29 on back and 35.16 on breast for a 1:05.45 on the middle 100. A 25.49 fly split and speedy 27.80 free split rounded out Knox’s race.

Bustos was the only other swimmer in the field under 2:00, putting a great 34.89 breast split, which was the fastest in the field. His 25.12 on the first 50 was also the fastest fly split in the field tonight.

Brazilian Leonardo Coelho as in the lead at the 100m turn, thanks to a field-leading 30.22 on the back 50.

MEN’S 1500 FREESTYLE – TIMED FINAL

  • World Record: 14:31.02 – Sun Yang, China (2019)
  • Pan American Games Record: 15:06.40 – Ryan Cochrane, Canada (2015)

PODIUM:

And there it is. The final individual event of the 2023 Pan American Games is now in the books. Only the medley relays are left.

Closing out the individual racing in Santiago, Brazilian Guilherme Costa completed his sweep of the men’s distance events, winning the 1500 free in 15:09.29. He, American Will Gallant, and Venezuelan Alfonso Mestre were trading the lead early in the race. Towards the end of the race, Mestre really fell off the pace, but Gallant and Costa kept going at it.

Gallant was in the lead as late as the 1350m turn, however, Costa turned it on at the end and pulled away from him. In the end, Costa won by nearly 3 seconds, picking up his 3rd individual gold medal of the meet and his 4th overall gold. It wasn’t an exceptional time for Costa, who is the South American Record holder in the event (14:48.53), however, he still did what he needed to in order to win tonight.

Gallant was also off his career best, which stands at 14:57.08.

Mestre ended up earning the bronze medal with a 15:19.60.

WOMEN’S 4×100 MEDLEY RELAY – FINALS

  • World Record: 3:50.40 – United States (2019)
  • Pan American Games Record: 3:56.53 – United States (2015)

PODIUM:

  • GOLD: Canada – 3:58.76
  • SILVER: United States – 3:59.39
  • BRONZE: Mexico – 4:04.73

It was all North America in the women’s 4×100 medley relay, seeing Canada win gold in the final women’s event of the meet. The Americans were out in the lead on the first half of the relay, thanks to a 1:00.47 lead-off from Josephine Fuller, followed by a 1:07.39 breast split from Emma Weber. The Canadian team was just behind the U.S., as Danielle Hanus (1:00.97) and Rachel Nicol (1:07.14) handled their first two legs.

As we would expect, Maggie MacNeil took the race over for Canada on the fly leg. The 100 fly champion clocked a 56.83, beating out American Kelly Pash, who split 57.62. Canada had a lead of a little over half a second going into the anchor. Catie DeLoof was anchoring the U.S., and she cut the lead to just 0.11 seconds at the 350m turn. Canadian anchor Mary-Sophie Harvey had other plans, however, and she started pulling away from DeLoof on the final 50.

In the end, Canada got to the wall first, finishing in 3:58.76, while the U.S. earned the silver medal with a 3:59.39.

Mexico picked up a relay bronze, finishing 3rd with a 4:04.73.

Despite a very speedy 53.70 on the anchor from Stephanie Balduccini, Brazil ended up finishing 5th in 4:04.95.

MEN’S 4×100 MEDLEY RELAY – FINALS

  • World Record: 3:26.78 – United States (2021)
  • Pan American Games Record: 3:30.25 – United States (2019)

PODIUM:

  • GOLD: United States – 3:33.29
  • SILVER: Brazil – 3:35.12
  • BRONZE: Canada – 3:35.72

The final event of the 2023 Pan American Games is now in the books. The U.S. picked up a gold medal in the men’s 4×100 medley relay, swimming a 3:33.29. The Americans were in the lead from the start, seeing Jack Aikins get out to a 54.00 on the lead-off. After being handed a lead, Jake Foster then clocked a 1:00.61 on the breast leg. Luke Miller then put up an impressive 51.36 on the fly leg and Jonny Kulow, who has been excellent all week, anchored in a blistering 47.32. It was a huge split for Kulow, who also anchored the mixed medley in 47.39 earlier in the week.

Brazil came in 2nd with a 3:35.12. Joao Gomes was big for their team, splitting 1:00.45 on the breast leg. That being said, it was Gui Caribe who threw down the split of the race, perhaps even the meet. Caribe, the men’s 100 free champion from a few days ago, ripped a 46.94 on the end of Brazil’s relay, pulling his team past Canada for 2nd. It’s a massive swim for Caribe, who was out like a bullet, splitting 21.98 on the first 50, a time which is faster than he swam in the individual 50 earlier in the meet.

Canada was left in 3rd place, earning the bronze medal with a 3:35.72. Gabe Mastromatteo split 1:00.20 on the breast leg, marking the fastest breast split in the field. Javier Acevedo had an anchor split as well, going 47.99, however, it was outshined by Caribe’s split.

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I miss the ISL
5 months ago

Chilean fans going onto Rachel Stege’s instagram and trolling/hating on her for beating Kobrich in that mile is a little uncalled for. Sorry yalls 38 year old couldn’t hang on against a 21 year old.

JohnCena
5 months ago

The wonder boy from Wyoming Jonny Kulow has catapulted himself in a very short time to become an Olympic team contender in the sprint freestyle events.

Last edited 5 months ago by JohnCena
Alex Wilson
Reply to  JohnCena
5 months ago

Agree! It is even more amazing that before coming to ASU he had never swam long course! Another case of the “Bowman Effect”!

swimgeek
Reply to  Alex Wilson
5 months ago

Or more like it, the Herbie Effect

Chris D
5 months ago

Pickrem is dangerous. Curious to see how she fares against Kate and Alex next year.

I miss the ISL
Reply to  Chris D
5 months ago

She doesn’t have a shot lol

chickenlamp
5 months ago

Why’d they leave Adam Chaney off the medley relay? I understand putting Aikins in the final, but you’d think they would at least give Chaney a prelims swim

USA
Reply to  chickenlamp
5 months ago

Same with Carrozza anchoring in prelims instead of Curry.

Jefferson Donadoni
5 months ago

Caribe 46.94 Awesome

Swimz
5 months ago

Aikins, Miller and Kulow all are great..I expect under 1 min breaststroke leg from foster..but he didnt. Noah put a 0.70 faster split in the heats as the breststroker.
It was sad that Adam couldnt make the relay line up as the 100 back champion. But there is no issue the splits throughout the meet that put by Aikins; the 200 back champion (54.0 and 54.09) were faster than Adam’s winning time.
And what a night to see that massive split from the brazil anchor..well done!

Aquajosh
Reply to  Swimz
5 months ago

But Adam had the fastest split on the 400 free relay and wasn’t on the mixed medley in prelims or finals, won the 100 back and didn’t even get to swim prelims of the 400 MR in which he could have swam either free or back? Make it make sense.

Swimz
Reply to  Aquajosh
5 months ago

Yes ..he deserve that last swim at least in the heats. I think on the mixed medly relay adam raced the 100 back ..and coches might wanted him to avoid doing the doubles.. but yes he could have in the 400 mixed free relay, 800 free relay and the final MMR.

NU Swim Fan
5 months ago

53.8 for Mary Sophie-Harvey on that final leg. Canada has some options to play around with in that 4×100 now

Jason Jay
Reply to  NU Swim Fan
5 months ago

Masse/wilm-lepage-macneil-oleksiak/ruck/Sophie-harvey. At this point in women’s swimming I don’t think anyone challenges a full strength Canada for bronze behind US and australia

Anything but 50 BR
Reply to  Jason Jay
5 months ago

If it fits with her schedule, McIntosh could anchor since she’s likely faster than Ruck and MSH

justanopinion
Reply to  Jason Jay
5 months ago

Agree that a full strength team should be in the mix (Chinese probably have something to say even at full strenghth). However…… Canada has never had more concerns for this relay for the past 6 years. They are clearly now down a step in BK. Masse has clearly lost a step and Wilm, although improving isn’t picking up the steam and times needed for a podium relay. BR is clearly exciting for the Canucks right now, but agonizingly at the moment other legs are dropping. Fly is safe. McNeil will be rock solid (mentioning Oleksiak as a possibl flyer these days is almost hysterical). Then the mystery of the FR leg. Ruck? Maybe-but clearly big issues there still. McIntosh? Possibly….but… Read more »

Last edited 5 months ago by justanopinion
Swimz
5 months ago

USA should have use Nobel on the lead off, though the fuller is the gold medalist. Nobel was so consistent over the 100 back. USA had no better option than Catie. Fly and breststroke also seem fine and the best they have..backstroke would have made the difference. Anyway congratulations USA, Canada and Mexico!