2015 Pan American Games: Day 5 Finals Live Recap

Jul 17, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Olivia Smoliga of the United States dives in at the start of the women's 100m backstroke final the 2015 Pan Am Games at Pan Am Aquatics UTS Centre and Field House. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
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Women’s 800 free

USA’s Dancing Queen Sierra Schmidt blazed her way to a Pan American Games record in the women’s 800-meter free.

Schmidt, who is well known for her pre-start antics of putting on a dancing performance, went out hard and kept on going as she won the 800 in a personal best time of 8:27.54.  That swim cleared her lifetime best of 8:28.91 and crushed Kaitlin Sandeno’s Pan Am Games mark of 8:34.65 from way back in 1999.

Schmidt’s time pushed her to 12th in the world rankings.

Schmidt is looking to battle the likes of Leah Smith for the second spot in the U.S. behind living legend Katie Ledecky in the distance freestyle events heading into the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.

Kristel Kobrich of Chile, the defending champion, took silver with a time of 8:29.79.

Venezuela’s Andreina Pinto rounded out the podium with a third-place time of 8:31.08.

Canada’s Brittany MacLean (8:32.06), Bahamas’ Joanna Evans (8:37.18), USA’s Courtney Harnish (8:38.00), Brazil’s Bruna Veronez (8:40.75) and Mexico’s Monserrat Ortuno (8:45.81) rounded out the top eight in the timed final event with the final two coming from heat 1 this morning.

Women’s 200 IM

USA’s Caitlin Leverenz closed out an IM sweep with a Pan American Games record in the women’s 200-meter IM.

Leverenz, who won a controversial victory in the 400-meter IM after local favorite Ellen Overholt drew a gold-medal disqualification, set her second Pan American Games record of the day with a 2:10.51 for the gold in the 200 IM tonight.

That swim beat her prelim record of 2:11.04, and pushed her closer to Melanie Margalis (2:10.26) for fourth in the world rankings.

200 IM World Rankings

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USA’s Meghan Small touched out Canada’s Sydney Pickrem for silver, 2:11.26 to 2:11.29.  That time cleared Small’s personal best of 2:11.83 and moved her up to seventh in the world.

Pickrem had set the Canadian record in prelims with a sixth-ranked time of 2:11.16.

Brazil’s Joanna Maranhao (2:12.39), Canada’s Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson (2:14.06), Argentina’s Virginia Bardach (2:15.45), Brazil’s Gabriella Goncalves (2:17.02) and Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson (2:18.02) finished fourth through eighth in the A final.

Argentina’s Florencia Perotti topped the B final with a time of 2:17.65, while Peru’s McKenna De Bever took second in 2:18.49.

Mexico’s Arantxa Medina (2:18.82), Venezuela’s Mercedes Toledo (2:22.06), Cayman Islands’ Lara Butler (2:24.64) and Honduras’ Karen Vilorio (2:24.72) also competed in the B final.

Men’s 200 IM

Brazil’s Henrique Rodrigues upset two-time defending champion Thiago Pereira for the men’s 200-meter IM gold medal with a Pan American Games record.

Rodrigues clocked a personal-best time of 1:57.06 to beat his previous best of 1:57.37.  That swim also lowered Pereira’s Pan American Games mark of 1:57.79 set back in 2007.

Rodrigues moved up to third in the world rankings with that scorcher.

Pereira wound up taking silver in a sizzling 1:57.42 to move to fifth in the world rankings.

That’s Pereira’s 22nd career Pan American Games medal overall, tying him with Cuban gymnast Erick Lopez for the most ever by an participant at the Pan American Games.

200 IM World Rankings

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USA’s Gunnar Bentz snared bronze in 2:00.04, while Canada’s Evan White picked up fourth in 2:00.60.

USA’s Ty Stewart (2:01.83), Canada’s Luke Reilly (2:02.01), Colombia’s Omar Pinzon (2:02.98) and Venezuela’s Carlos Omana (2:03.02) finished fifth through eighth.

El Salvador’s Rafael Alfaro picked up the B final win in 2:02.55 with Mexico’s Jose Martinez second in 2:02.95.

Mexico’s Ezequiel Trujillo (2:04.83), Venezuela’s Juan Sequera (2:04.85), Paraguay’s Matias Lopez (2:04.94), Argentina’s Esteban Paz (2:06.52), Cuba’s Luis Vega (2:07.31) and Chile’s Felipe Quiroz (2:08.87) also swam in the consolation heat.

Men’s 1500 free

Canada’s Ryan Cochrane cruised his way to a Pan American Games record time in the men’s 1500-meter free as he’s definitely saving up some energy for the World Championships.

Cochrane, who is not shaved or tapered for this meet and already won the 400 free earlier, put in an easy speed time of 15:06.40 to win the metric mile.  That swim crushed the Pan American Games mark of 15:12.33 set by Chip Peterson back in 2007, but is well short of Cochrane’s 10th-ranked season best of 15:01.41 from Trials.

USA’s Andrew Gemmell turned in a silver-winning time of 15:09.92, while Brazil’s Brandonn Almeida took home bronze in a time of 15:11.70. That’s a personal best for Almeida, while Gemmell has been as low as a 14:52.19.

El Salvador’s Marcelo Acosta (15:16.26), Canada’s Nelson Maitland (15:16.35), USA’s Ryan Feeley (15:19.99), Brazil’s Lucas Kanieski (15:23.91) and Colombia’s Mateo De Angulo (15:24.27) finished fourth through eighth in the timed final event.

Women’s 400 medley relay

Team USA duplicated the morning effort of a pair of Pan American Games records in the women’s 400-meter medley relay as Natalie Coughlin unleashed a blistering time in the 100 back as well.

Coughlin broke her preliminary record of 59.20 with a sizzling effort of 59.05 to lead Team USA tonight. That’s her fifth-fastest time ever behind her amazing run in 2008 with a trio of 58s and a 59.03 across Trials and the Olympics.

Her swim put her third in the world this year.

100 Back World Rankings

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Coughlin, Katie Meili (1:06.06), Kelsi Worrell (57.34) and Allison Schmitt (54.08) combined for a Pan American Games record time of 3:56.53.  That cleared their preliminary effort of 3:57.35.

Canada’s Dominique Bouchard (1:00.85), Rachel Nicol (1:06.78), Noemie Thomas (57.58) and Chantal Van Landeghem (53.30) took silver in 3:58.51.

Brazil’s Etiene Medeiros (1:00.65), Jhennifer Conceicao (1:08.50), Daynara De Paula (58.41) and Larissa Martins (54.96) earned bronze in 4:02.52.

Argentina (4:08.24), Mexico (4:08.26), Venezuela (4:13.88), Jamaica (4:14.58) and Peru (4:22.49) also swam in the finale.

Men’s 400 medley relay

Brazil put together a blazing fast men’s 400-meter medley relay en route to a Pan American Games record as well as a medal record for Thiago Pereira.

Brazil’s Guilherme Guido (53.12), Felipe Silva (59.81), Arthur Mendes (52.14) and Marcelo Chierighini (47.61) unloaded a winning time of 3:32.68 to break Pan American Games record of 3:34.37 set by the U.S. in Rio in 2007.

Notably, Guido also broke Nick Thoman’s short-lived meet record of 53.20 in the 100 back as he shot to fourth in the world rankings.

100 Back World Rankings

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The win was monumental for a third reason as Pereira, who swam as the backstroke leadoff in prelims, also collected a gold medal.  That gave Pereira his 23rd career Pan American Games medal, breaking a tie with Cuban gymnast Erick Lopez. Earlier in the week, Pereira surpassed Gustavo Borges (19) as the most decorated swimmer.

Brazil elected to swim Pereira on the relay after he was disqualified from his gold-medal winning 400-meter IM swim.

USA’s Thoman (53.40), Brad Craig (1:00.37), Giles Smith (51.85) and Josh Schneider (48.01) finished with silver in 3:33.63.

Canada’s Russell Wood (54.58), Richard Funk (59.32), Santo Condorelli (52.20) and Yuri Kisil (48.30) claimed bronze in 3:34.40.

Argentina (3:39.17), Colombia (3:40.79), Venezuela (3:40.85), Mexico (3:42.77) and Paraguay (3:45.37) placed fourth through eighth as all five broke their respective national records.

2015 Pan American Games Swimming, Day 5 Finals – Results


  • Women’s 800 free
  • Women’s 200 IM
  • Men’s 200 IM
  • Men’s 1500 free
  • Women’s 400 medley relay
  • Men’s 400 medley relay




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