Ricardo Vargas

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Ricardo Vargas is a competitive swimmer who represents Mexico internationally. Vargas is a Pan American bronze medalist and 2016 Olympian.

College (Michigan)

2017-2018

Vargas was an immediate impact freshman for the Blue. At the 2018 Big Ten Champs, he finished 2nd in the 500 freestyle (4:11.11) and in the 1,650 (14:40.30) and 3rd in the 400 IM (3:43.73).

Qualifying for the NCAA’s, Vargas swam the same 3 events. He finished 7th in the 1,650 (14:40.27), 8th in 500 (4:17.23) and 29th in the 400 IM (3:45.64).

2018-2019

Vargas continued to be a huge point scorer at both the conference and national level in his sophomore campaign. At Big Tens, he finished 2nd in the 500 (4:11.72) and 400 IM (3:40.24), and 3rd in the 1,650 (14:31.76), going lifetime bests in the latter two events.

At NCAA’s, he finished 4th in 500 (4:12.21), 10th in 400 IM (3:42.32) and 22nd in 1,650 (14:51.71).

National/International Competition

2016 Summer Olympics (Rio de Janiero, Brazil)

Vargas swam the 1500 free at the Summer Olympics, finishing 25th in a Mexican national record time of 15:11.53.

2019 Pan American Games (Lima, Peru)

In Lima, Vargas earned his first major international medals, touching for bronze in both the 800 free (7:56.78) and 1500 free (15:14.99).

International Medals

Place Event Year Meet
Bronze 800 Free 2019 Pan American Championships
Bronze 1500 Free 2019 Pan American Championships

Best Times

Course Event Time Date Meet
scy 500 Free 4:11.11 02/22/18 2018 Men's B1G Champs
Columbus, Ohio
scy 1650 Free 14:31.76 03/02/19 2019 Men's B1G Champs
Iowa City, Iowa
scy 400 IM 3:40.24 03/01/19 2019 Men's B1G Champs
Iowa City, Iowa
lcm 800 Free 7:56.78 08/08/19 Pan American Games
Lima, Peru
lcm 1500 Free 15:11.53 08/12/16 Olympic Games
Rio de Janiero, Brazil
lcm 400 IM 4:19.98 07/25/18 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games
Barranquilla, Colombia
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