2015 Pan American Games: Day 2 Finals Live Recap

Jul 15, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Sean Lehane of the United States in the men's 200m backstroke preliminary heat during the 2015 Pan Am Games at Pan Am Aquatics UTS Centre and Field House. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports
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Women’s 200 free

USA’s Allison Schmitt obliterated Sippy Woodhead’s 36-year-old Pan American Games record in the women’s 200-meter free at the 2015 Pan American Games.

Schmitt clocked a time of 1:56.23 for the win.  That swim blasted Woodhead’s 1979 mark of 1:58.43 that had stood since she clocked it in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Schmitt’s time moved her up to eighth in the world rankings, bettering her season best of 1:57.24 from May.

Canada’s Emily Overholt posted a lifetime best of 1:57.55 to take silver, her first time under 1:58, while Brazil’s Manuella Lyrio took bronze in 1:58.03.  That’s a personal best for Lyrio, clipping her 1:58.74 that was the Brazilian national record.

Canada’s Katerine Savard (1:58.70), Brazil’s Larissa Martins (2:00.32), USA’s Kiera Janzen (2:00.34), Venezuela’s Andreina Pinto (2:00.62) and Cuba’s Elisbet Gamez (2:01.84) also competed in the historic finale.

Colombia’s Jessica Camposano tied her Colombian record in the women’s 200-meter free with a 2:00.68 to win the B final. That swim matched her time from the 2014 CAC Games.

Teammate Maria Alvarez took second in the consolation heat with a 2:02.81, while Venezuela’s Andrea Garrido turned in a third-place time of 2:03.33.

Mexico’s Maria Richaud (2:03.69), Mexico’s Natalia Jaspeado (2:03.69), Guatemala’s Gabriela Santis (2:03.94), Peru’s Andrea Cedron (2:04.11) and El Salvador’s Rebeca Quinteros (2:06.19) also swam in the B final.

Men’s 200 free

Brazil’s Joao De Lucca unleashed a sizzling Pan American and South American record in the men’s 200-meter free.

De Lucca overtook a blazing Federico Grabich at the 150 to win in 1:46.42.  That effort beat the Pan Am Games record of 1:47.18 set by Brett Fraser back in 2011.

He also downed Thiago Pereira’s South American and Brazilian record of 1:46.57 set at the 2009 World Championships.  De Lucca also moved up to ninth in the world rankings.

Grabich took silver with a time of 1:47.62 to break his own Argentinian record of 1:47.78.

USA’s Michael Weiss beat compatriot Michael Klueh to the wall for bronze, 1:47.63 to 1:47.73.

Brazil’s Nicolas Oliveira (1:47.81), Venezuela’s Cristian Quintero (1:47.88), Canada’s Jeremy Bagshaw (1:47.92) and Paraguay’s Ben Hockin (1:50.03) also competed in the A final with Quintero taking down his own Venezuelan record of 1:48.36.

Canada’s Alec Page put up the top time of the consolation heat with a 1:49.86 to get the crowd revved up.

Colombia’s Mateo De Angulo touched second in 1:50.01 with El Salvador’s Marcelo Acosta finishing third in 1:50.95.

Ecuador’s Tomas Peribonio (1:50.98), Venezuela’s Marcos Lavado (1:51.08), Mexico’s Luis Campos (1:51.37), Barbados’ Alex Sobers (1:53.16) and Guatemala’s Luis Martinez (1:53.39) also competed in the consolation heat.

Women’s 200 breast

Team Canada dominated the women’s 200-meter breaststroke finale with Kierra Smith upended teammate Martha McCabe for a Pan American Games record.

Smith raced her way to a time of 2:24.38 to touchout McCabe’s silver-winning 2:24.51.  Both swimmers cleared Smith’s preliminary Pan Am Games mark of 2:25.41.  Neither are personal bests for Smith or McCabe.

Smith moved up to a 13th-ranked tie in the world rankings, while McCabe just clipped her 15th-ranked season best of 2:24.53.

USA’s Annie Lazor grabbed bronze with a time of 2:26.23, just clearing her previous personal best of 2:26.37.

Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson finished fourth in 2:27.15, while Mexico’s Byanca Rodriguez snared fifth in 2:28.87.

Argentina’s Julia Sebastian (2:29.45), Mexico’s Esther Gonzalez (2:29.83) and Brazil’s Pamela Souza (2:32.41) also competed for the Pan Am title.

Argentina’s Macarena Ceballos topped the B final in a time of 2:30.76, while USA’s Meghan Small turned in a second-place time of 2:31.35.  Brazil’s Beatriz Travalon touched third in 2:33.21.

Venezuela’s Mercedes Toledo (2:33.57), Peru’s Paula Tamashiro (2:41.94), Bahamas’ Laura Morley (2:42.99) and Bermuda’s Lisa Blackburn (2:46.32) rounded out the consolation heat.

Men’s 200 breast

Brazil’s Thiago Simon demolished the Pan American Games record in the men’s 200-meter breast as no one could touch him in finals.

Simon won in 2:09.82, downing Sean Mahoney and Jorge Murillo’s shared mark of 2:11.62 at the Pan Am Games.  Simon broke his personal best of 2:10.58, and moved up to 15th in the world rankings.

Canada’s Richard Funk kept on adding medals to the squad with a silver-winning time of 2:11.51.

Brazil’s Thiago Pereira earned his record 20th career Pan American Games medal with a bronze-winning time of 2:11.93. That total broke a tie with Gustavo Borges for the most by a swimmer at the Games.

USA’s BJ Johnson (2:12.19), Colombia’s Murillo (2:12.71), Venezuela’s Carlos Claverie (2:13.22), Mexico’s Miguel De Lara (2:14.11) and Colombia’s Carlos Mahecha (2:15.25) also battled in the A final.

USA’s Brad Craig destroyed the B final down the stretch as he won with a 2:14.04 to win by more than a second.

Mexico’s Miguel Chavez took second in the consolation heat with a 2:15.19, while Canada’s James Dergousoff placed third in 2:15.31.

Venezuela’s Juan Sequera (2:17.23), Argentina’s Facundo Miguelena (2:17.65), Bahamas’ Dustin Tynes (2:18.14), Argentina’s Rodrigo Frutos (2:18.48) and Aruba’s Jordy Groters (2:18.55) also participated in the B final.

Women’s 200 back

Team Canada threw down another 1-2 finish by the women as Hilary Caldwell took down the women’s 200-meter back Pan American Games record.

Caldwell surged her way to a swift time of 2:08.22.  That time cleared the previous mark of 2:08.99 set by Elizabeth Pelton back in 2011.  That’s not close to Caldwell’s personal best of 2:06.80, but it was good enough to move up to fifth in the world rankings.

200 Back World Rankings

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Dominique Bouchard delivered Canada another medal with a silver-winning time of 2:09.74.  That swim was short of her 11th-ranked season best of 2:08.99.

USA’s Clara Smiddy touched out teammate Kylie Stewart, 2:11.47 to 2:11.92, for the bronze medal.

Brazil’s Joanna Maranhao (2:12.05), Guatemala’s Gisela Morales (2:13.18), Argentina’s Andrea Berrino (2:14.38) and Mexico’s Maria Gonzalez (2:16.79) finished fifth through eighth.

Maranhao lowered Natalia De Lucca’s 2013 Brazilian record of 2:12.09 with the swim.

Colombia’s Carolina Colorado dominated the B final with a time of 2:14.87.  Mexico’s Estela Davis took second in 2:16.61 with Peru’s McKenna De Bever putting up a third-place 2:16.76.

Argentina’s Florencia Perotti (2:17.55), Venezuela’s Carla Gonzalez (2:18.77), Honduras’ Karen Vilorio (2:19.42), Brazil’s Luiza Vieira (2:21.17) and Uruguay’s Ines Remersaro (2:21.33) picked up the rest of the B final finishes.

Men’s 200 back

The American men finally got the shot in the arm they needed with a 1-2 finish in the men’s 200-meter back at the 2015 Pan American Games.

Sean Lehane, who clocked a Pan American Games record in prelims with a 1:57.11, won the finale in 1:57.47.  Teammate Carter Griffin raced his way through the pack to silver in 1:58.18 as he cleared his personal best of 1:58.54.

Brazil’s Leonardo De Deus stole bronze away from Colombia’s Omar Pinzon, 1:58.27 to 1:58.77.  Pinzon had led the entire race before fading down the final 15 meters.

Canada’s Russell Wood (1:59.91), Venezuela’s Carlos Omana (2:00.02), Paraguay’s Matias Lopez (2:00.91) and Cuba’s Armando Barrera (2:01.24) finished fifth through eighth.

Lopez set a Paraguayan record, clearing his previous record of 2:01.05.

Colombia’s David Cespedes clipped Mexico’s Andy Song An, 2:01.95 to 2:02.20, for the B final win.

Puerto Rico’s Yeziel Morales (2:02.26), Mexico’s Ezequiel Trujillo (2:03.09), Argentina’s Agustin Hernandez (2:03.37), Argentina’s Felipe Vargas (2:03.98), Venezuela’s Jesus Lopez (2:06.46) and Jamaica’s Timothy Wynter (2:07.78) comprised the rest of the consolation final.

Men’s 800 free relay


Controversy reigned in the men’s 800-meter free relay as Team USA was disqualified behind Brazil’s Pan American Games record at the 2015 Pan American Games.

Brazil’s Luiz Melo (1:48.39), Joao De Lucca (1:47.79), Thiago Pereira (1:48.14) and Nicolas Oliveira (1:46.83) won the men’s 800-meter free relay with a time of 7:11.15. That swim cleared Brazil’s 2007 record of 7:12.27 to break the record and deliver Brazil another freestyle relay victory.

Team USA had initially won silver with a 7:12.20 from Michael Weiss, Michael Klueh, Gunnar Bentz and Darian Townsend.  However, after the race, Team USA was disqualified because Weiss has taped his fingers together which is against the rules.


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The medal ceremony was postponed pending an appeal from Team USA, so we will know later whether Team USA can litigate the controversy to its favor.

The rule in question is as follows:

SW 10.8 No swimmer shall be permitted to use or wear any device or swimsuit that may aid his/her speed, buoyancy or endurance during a competition (such as webbed gloves, flippers, fins, etc.). Goggles may be worn. Any kind of tape on the body is not permitted unless approved by FINA Sport Medicine Committee.

Canada’s Jeremy Bagshaw (1:49.56), Alec Page (1:49.20), Stefan Milosevic (1:49.33) and Ryan Cochrane (1:49.24) took silver in 7:17.33.

Venezuela’s Daniele Tirabassi (1:51.75), Marcos Lavado (1:50.04), Andres Doria (1:50.39) and Cristian Quintero (1:48.96) earned bronze in 7:21.14.

Mexico (7:22.12) and Argentina (7:22.82) also had clean times.

2015 Pan American Games Swimming, Day 2 Finals – Results


  • Women’s 200 free
  • Men’s 200 free
  • Women’s 200 breast
  • Men’s 200 breast
  • Women’s 200 back
  • Men’s 200 back
  • Men’s 800 free relay




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