2015 Pan American Games: Day 4 Finals Live Recap

Jul 17, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Tabitha Baumann of Canada splashes water on herself before the women's swimming 400m freestyle preliminary heats 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 100 back

Brazil’s Etiene Medeiros became the first female to ever break 1:00 at the Pan American Games in the women’s 100-meter back.

Medeiros threw down a sizzling time of 59.61 to break Olivia Smoliga’s preliminary swim of 1:00.35.  Medeiros’ time broke the Brazilian record of 1:00.07 set by Fabiola Molina in 2009 as she moved to sixth in the world rankings.

100 Back World Rankings

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Team USA went 2-3 as USA’s Olivia Smoliga clocked a 1:00.06 to take silver and stand 13th in the world.  Clara Smiddy earned bronze in 1:00.49 to break her personal best of 1:00.51.

Canada’s Dominique Bouchard (1:00.54), Canada’s Hilary Caldwell (1:01.01), Mexico’s Maria Gonzalez (1:01.06), Guatemala’s Gisela Morales (1:01.31) and Argentina’s Andrea Berrino (1:01.76) also competed for the title.

Brazil’s Natalia De Luccas touched out Colombia’s Carolina Colorado by the slimmest of margins, 1:02.15 to 1:02.16, in the B final.

Colombia’s Isabella Arcila (1:02.44), Mexico’s Estela Davis (1:03.19), Venezuela’s Carla Gonzalez (1:03.68), Honduras’ Karen Vilorio (1:05.06), Argentina’s Florencia Perotti (1:05.18) and Uruguay’s Ines Remersaro (1:05.78) also swam in the B final.

Men’s 100 back

USA’s Nick Thoman held off Brazil’s Guilherme Guido in the men’s 100-meter back for the Pan American Games record.

Thoman surged to the win in 53.20 to take down Randall Bal’s meet record of 53.66 from 2007. That swim moved him up to fifth in the world rankings.

Guido wound up taking silver in 53.35, just off his Brazilian record of 53.24, but enough to move to seventh in the world.

100 Back World Rankings

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USA’s Eugene Godsoe collected bronze in a time of 53.96, just off his personal best of 53.61.

Canada’s Russell Wood (54.30), Argentina’s Federico Grabich (54.61), Colombia’s Omar Pinzon (55.22), Canada’s Markus Thormeyer (55.52) and Venezuela’s Albert Subirats (56.09) also put up times in finals.

Cuba’s Armando Barrera topped the B final in 56.14.  Mexico’s Daniel Torres (56.91) and Paraguay’s Charles Hockin (57.25) finished second and third.

Guatemala’s Luis Martinez (57.30), Jamaica’s Timothy Wynter (57.47), Venezuela’s Robinson Molina (57.92), Barbados’ Chris Courtis (57.93) and Virgin Islands’ Matt Mays (59.14) also participated in the consolation heat.

Women’s 400 free

Canada’s Emily Overholt found redemption in the women’s 400-meter freestyle as the 17-year-old shook off a gold-medal disqualification in the women’s 400-meter IM to set a Pan American Games record in the freestyle.

Overholt, who was disqualified from a Pan American Games and Canadian record in the 400-meter IM last night due to a non-simultaneous touch, went out fast in lane 8 and just held on against a hard-charging Andreina Pinto of Venezuela for the 400 free victory in 4:08.42.

Overholt’s time crushed the previous record of 4:10.48 set by Elizabeth Hill of the U.S. back in 2003 at the Santo Domingo edition.  Overholt didn’t need a lifetime best for the win, however, as she’s posted a 4:07.93 before.

Pinto nearly overtook the field as she settled for silver with a 4:08.67. USA’s Gillian Ryan grabbed bronze in 4:09.46.

Brazil’s Manuella Lyrio (4:10.92), USA’s Kiera Janzen (4:11.32), Bahamas’ Joanna Evans (4:14.51), Brazil’s Carolina Bilich (4:17.40) and Colombia’s Maria Alvarez (4:17.80) also battled in the middle distance event.

Canada’s Tabitha Baumann overhauled the field down the stretch to win the B final in 4:16.03.

Guatemala’s Gabriela Santis also turned on the jets to take second in 4:16.79, while 300-meter leader Natalia Jaspeado of Mexico faded to third in 4:17.25. Santis dropped her personal best by about seven seconds.

Mexico’s Allyson Macias (4:17.49), Cuba’s Elisbet Gamez (4:18.23), Peru’s Andrea Cedron (4:23.93), El Salvador’s Rebeca Quinteros (4:27.89) and Aruba’s Daniella Van Den Berg (4:30.14) finished fourth through eighth in the consolation heat.

Men’s 400 free

Canada’s Ryan Cochrane captured a Pan American Games record in the men’s 400-meter free while being unshaven as he is focused on the World Championships next month.

Cochrane clocked a time of 3:48.29 to hold on for the gold medal and smash Matt Patton’s 2007 meet mark of 3:49.77.  Cochrane has been faster this year with a 13th-ranked 3:47.50.

USA’s Ryan Feeley made a move but didn’t have enough to overtake Cochrane as he settled for silver with a 3:49.69.  That’s nearly a personal best, just off his 3:49.21 lifetime best.

Brazil’s Leonardo De Deus clipped USA’s Michael Klueh for bronze, 3:50.30 to 3:50.53. De Deus just missed his Brazilian record of 3:49.62.

Canada’s Jeremy Bagshaw (3:50.55), Colombia’s Mateo De Angulo (3:51.38), Venezuela’s Cristian Quintero (3:52.92) and Mexico’s Ricardo Vargas (3:55.42) finished fifth through eighth.

De Angulo crushed his previous Colombian record of 3:53.01.

El Salvador’s Marcelo Acosta raced his way to a win in the B final with a time of 3:51.12. That’s a three-second drop from his lifetime best.

Brazil’s Lucas Kanieski (3:52.73) and Venezuela’s Rafael Davila (3:53.76) finished second and third.

Puerto Rico’s Christian Bayo (3:54.11), Ecuador’s Tomas Peribonio (3:57.49), Argentina’s Juan Pereyra (3:59.65), Barbados’ Alex Sobers (4:00.25) and Mexico’s Arturo Perez (4:00.96) also competed in the consolation heat.

Women’s 100 breast

USA’s Katie Meili had just too much in the tank as she overtook Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson down the stretch for the women’s 100-meter breaststroke gold at the Pan American Games.

Meili, who threw down a Pan American Games record of 1:05.64 in prelims, won in 1:06.26 tonight. Meili’s time in prelims put her second in the world rankings.

Atkinson wound up taking silver in 1:06.59 to break her Jamaican record of 1:06.79 and move to fifth in the world rankings.

100 Breast World Rankings

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Canada’s Rachel Nicol took bronze overall in 1:07.91, while teammate Tera Van Beilen placed fourth in 1:08.22.

USA’s Annie Lazor (1:08.72), Brazil’s Beatriz Travalon (1:09.23) and Argentina’s Julia Sebastian (1:09.83) finished fifth through seventh.

Brazil’s Jhennifer Conceicao was disqualified.

Argentina’s Macarena Ceballos won the B final going away with a time of 1:09.03.  Mexico’s Esther Gonzalez finished second in 1:10.54, while Venezuela’s Mercedes Toledo took third in 1:10.90.

Mexico’s Arantxa Medina (1:11.32), Bermudas’ Lisa Blackburn (1:14.45), Peru’s Paula Tamashiro (1:14.84), Bahamas’ Laura Morley (1:15.20) and Suriname’s Evita Leter (1:15.38) also swam in the B final.

Men’s 100 breast

Brazil’s Felipe Silva defended his men’s 100-meter breaststroke title with a Pan American Games record as he shot to third in the world rankings.

Silva uncorked a scintillating time of 59.21.  That swim broke his Pan American Games record of 59.84 from prelims, and lowered his personal best of 59.63.  He is tracking down Henrique Barbosa’s Brazilian record of 59.03.

100 Breast World Rankings

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Brazil’s Felipe Lima took silver with a time of 1:00.01, off his sixth-ranked 59.78 from earlier this year.

Canada’s Richard Funk earned bronze in 1:00.29 to lower his own personal best of 1:00.36.

Colombia’s Jorge Murillo (1:00.61), USA’s Brad Craig (1:01.34), Mexico’s Miguel De Lara (1:01.42), USA’s BJ Johnson (1:01.77) and Panama’s Edgar Crespo (1:01.88) also competed in the championship heat.

De Lara broke Alejandro Jacobo’s Mexican record of 1:01.60 set in 2009.

The B final proved to be a close contest.  Venezuela’s Carlos Claverie won in 1:02.46 with Bahamas’ Dustin Tynes taking second in 1:02.49.  Canada’s James Dergousoff snared third in 1:02.57.

Argentina’s Facundo Miguelena (1:03.55), Bermuda’s Julian Fletcher (1:03.60), Aruba’s Jordy Groters (1;03.97), Paraguay’s Renato Prono (1:04.57) and Uruguay’s Martin Melconian (1:04.95) also participated in the consolation heat.

Women’s 50 free

After throwing down a Pan American Games record in prelims with a 24.31, Bahamas’ Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace managed to get her hand to the wall first in the women’s 50-meter free finals at the 2015 Pan American Games.

Vanderpool-Wallace posted a time of 24.38 for the win, still among the top 10 times in the world after clocking in fourth in the world this morning.

Brazil’s Etiene Medeiros, who already won the women’s 100-meter back earlier in the night, grabbed silver in 24.55 to blast her Brazilian record of 24.74 from 2014. That 24.55 moved her up to eighth in the world.

The ageless wonder Natalie Coughlin of the U.S., fresh off an appearance in the ESPN The Magazine Body Issue, took bronze in 24.66 to move up to 10th in the world rankings.

Canada’s Chantal Van Landeghem placed fourth in 24.70, just off her Canadian record of 24.69 from 2014.

USA’s Madison Kennedy (24.80), Canada’s Michelle Williams (24.91), Brazil’s Graciele Herrmann (24.94) and Puerto Rico’s Vanessa Garcia (25.21) finished fifth through eighth.

After a short delay to quiet a crying child at the start, Mexico’s Liliana Ibanez raced her way to the B final win in 25.48.

Suriname’s Chinyere Pigot and Venezuela’s Arlene Semeco tied with 25.79s.

Colombia’s Isabella Arcila (25.82), Argentina’s Aixa Triay (26.00), Bolivia’s Ariel Weech (26.28) and Aruba’s Allyson Ponson (26.37) closed out the rest of the consolation heat.

Men’s 50 free

USA’s Josh Schneider touched out Brazil’s Bruno Fratus for the men’s 50-meter freestyle crown at the 2015 Pan American Games.

Schneider blazed his way to a win in 21.86, just off his personal best of 21.78 but enough to move him up to fifth in the world rankings.

Fratus, already ranked third in the world with a 21.74, took silver in 21.91.

50 Free World Rankings

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Trinidad and Tobago’s George Bovell took home his sixth Pan American Games medal, but first since a bronze in 2007.  He first stepped into the international limelight with two golds and two silvers at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo.

Puerto Rico’s Erik Risolvato finished fourth in 22.22 with USA’s Cullen Jones taking fifth in 22.23.

Argentina’s Federico Grabich (22.29), Suriname’s Renzo Tjon-A-Joe (22.30) and Canada’s Oleksandr Loginov (22.47) also competed in the finale.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter claimed the B final win in 22.39.

Brazil’s Nicholas Santos (22.55) and Canada’s Karl Krug (22.59) finished second and third.

Venezuela’s Cristian Quintero (22.76), Cayman Islands’ Brett Fraser (22.93), Saint Lucia’s Jordan Augier (23.08), Honduras’ Allan Gutierrez (23.61) and Paraguay’s Charles Hockin (23.76) picked up the rest of the finishes in the consolation heat.

2015 Pan American Games Swimming, Day 4 Finals – Results


  • Women’s 100 back
  • Men’s 100 back
  • Women’s 400 free
  • Men’s 400 free
  • Women’s 100 breast
  • Men’s 100 breast
  • Women’s 50 free
  • Men’s 50 free




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8 years ago

Medeiros proves once and for all that she’s not just a 50 backstroker! Good showing by the USAmericans too, both on their way to back under a minute and maybe beyond next year.

Jeff Commings
8 years ago
Reply to  liquidassets

That’s a shocking swim by Medeiros, but she knows there is no 50 back in Rio next year, so she has to get better in the 100. We’ll see how she does at worlds in the 100 back, and the 50 back.

8 years ago

Gillian Ryan split 2:06.59-2:02.87, that’s way too much of a negative split for a 400. She needs to get out WAY faster if she wants to get back to her best times from a couple years ago.

Jeff Commings
8 years ago
Reply to  liquidassets

Gillian Ryan can still do well with a negative-split swim, but she does indeed need to go out faster. If she wants to make the Olympic team in either the 400 or 800, she’ll have to take the race out harder. Negative splitting a race is often more risky than taking it out hard.

8 years ago

Pedestrian swim for Cochrane who’s probably not much rested. Too bad neither Feeley nor Klueh could beat their seed times from last summer to try and challenge him. Great last 50 by De Deus; he slowed down a little at the 350 into 5th place, but bounced back with a 27.8 for the bronze.

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