2015 Pan American Games: Day 5 Prelims Live Recap

Jul 17, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace of the Bahamas dives into the pool at the start of the women's 50m freestyle 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 Timed Finals Heat 1

Brazil’s Bruna Veronez dominated the first heat of the women’s 800-meter free timed finals this morning.

Veronez clocked a time of 8:40.75 to lead heat one by more than five seconds as she cut a second off her personal best to post the time to beat this evening.

Mexico’s Monserrat Ortuno (8:45.81) and Natalia Jaspeado (8:53.70) finished second and third.

Guatemala’s Valeria Gruest (8:55.62), Colombia’s Maria Alvarez (8:57.29), El Salvador’s Rebeca Quinteros (9:07.98), Aruba’s Daniella Van Den Berg (9:12.30) and Barbados’ Lani Cabrera (9:16.88) also swam in the initial heat of the day.

Women’s 200 IM

USA’s Caitlin Leverenz and Canada’s Sydney Pickrem pushed each other to Pan American Games record-breaking times in the women’s 200-meter IM.

In the final heat, Leverenz touched out Pickrem 2:11.04 to 2:11.16.  That gave Leverenz the Pan American Games mark, breaking the 2:13.07 set by Julia Smit back in 2007.  The time also cleared Leverenz’s seventh-ranked season best of 2:11.40 as she moved up to fifth in the world.

Pickrem snagged sixth in the world with a personal best as she broke the Canadian record in the event. Her 2:11.16 surpassed the 2:11.23 set by Erica Morningstar back in 2011.

200 IM World Rankings

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USA’s Meghan Small (2:13.90), Canada’s Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson (2:14.02), Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson (2:15.16), Brazil’s Joanna Maranhao (2:15.32), Argentina’s Virginia Bardach (2:16.86) and Brazil’s Gabrielle Goncalves (2:17.67) also made finals.

Argentina’s Florencia Perotti (2:18.95), Mexico’s Arantxa Medina (2:19.26), Peru’s McKenna De Bever (2:21.65), Venezuela’s Mercedes Toledo (2:25.24), Honduras’ Karen Vilorio (2:25.87), Cayman Islands’ Lara Butler (2:26.50) and Bermudas’ Lisa Blackburn (2:29.04) will battle in the B final.

Men’s 200 IM

Two-time defending champion Thiago Pereira took it easy during prelims of the men’s 200-meter IM at the Pan American Games as he just made sure he made the A final.

Pereira, who suffered a difficult gold-medal disqualification in the 400-meter IM earlier this week, will be looking for his 22nd career Pan American Games medal to break the overall record after qualifying in fifth in 2:01.68.

Brazil’s Henrique Rodrigues was the only sub-2:00 time with a 1:59.91, while USA’s Ty Stewart (2:00.25) and Gunnar Bentz (2:01.26) qualified second and third.

Canada’s Luke Reilly (2:01.42), Canada’s Evan White (2:02.43), Venezuela’s Carlos Omana (2:02.92), and Colombia’s Omar Pinzon (2:02.94) will also vie for the gold medal.

Mexico’s Jose Martinez (2:03.30), El Salvador’s Rafael Alfaro (2:03.89), Venezuela’s Juan Sequera (2:04.51), Paraguay’s Matias Lopez (2:05.09), Mexico’s Ezequiel Trujillo (2:05.69), Argentina’s Esteban Paz (2:07.55), Chile’s Felipe Quiroz (2:08.04) and Cuba’s Luis Vega (2:08.09) grabbed the B final spots.

Men’s 1500 Free Timed Finals Heats 1, 2

Mexico’s Ricardo Vargas came storming home the final 50 meters to overtake Venezuela’s Alejandro Gomez for the top time in the men’s 1500 free heading into tonight’s final heat.

Vargas touched out Gomez, 15:27.23 to 15:27.30, to set the Mexican record, breaking the 15:24.58 set by Arturo Perez at the 2012 Canada Trials.

Perez finished third this morning in 15:42.39, while Ecuador’s Tomas Peribonio put up a 15:43.36 for fourth this morning.

Argentina’s Martin Naidich (15:46.99), Puerto Rico’s Christian Bayo (15:49.47), Venezuela’s Andy Arteta (15:56.57), Chile’s Felipe Tapia (16:08.48) and Peru’s Gustavo Gutierrez (16:08.75) also competed this morning.

Women’s 400 medley relay

Natalie Coughlin started Team USA’s women’s 400-meter medley relay with a Pan American Games record in the 100 back with the rest of the team finishing off a record of its own.

Coughlin raced her way to a sizzling time of 59.20 to break the previous Pan American Games mark of 59.61 set by Etiene Medeiros during her 100 back gold medal performance last night.

That put Coughlin fourth in the world rankings this year.

100 Back World Rankings

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Team USA’s Coughlin (59.20), Katie Meili (1:06.57), Kelsi Worrell (57.63) and Allison Schmitt (53.95) finished off a scorching time of 3:57.35.  That swim blasted USA’s 2011 Pan American Games mark of 4:01.00.

Canada’s Dominique Bouchard (1:01.18), Tera Van Beilen (1:09.04), Noemie Thomas (58.30) and Sandrine Mainville (53.76) qualified second in 4:02.28.

Brazil’s Natalia De Luccas (1:03.07), Beatriz Travalon (1:10.08), Daynara De Paula (1:01.09) and Larissa Martins (56.82) qualified third in 4:11.06.

Mexico (4:12.63), Argentina (4:15.66), Venezuela (4:20.22), Jamaica (4:24.18) and Peru (4:32.62) will also swim tonight.

Men’s 400 medley relay

Team USA led the way in the men’s 400-meter medley relay prelims at the 2015 Pan American Games.

Nick Thoman (55.06), Brad Craig (1:01.35), Eugene Godsoe (52.76) and Michael Weiss (49.82) put up the top time of the morning with a 3:38.99.

Canada’s Russell Wood (55.22), James Dergousoff (1:02.27), Coleman Allen (52.77) and Yuri Kisil (48.83) qualified second in 3:39.09.

Brazil put itself in the best position to provide Thiago Pereira with a record-tying and record-breaking run of medals tonight in terms of the career medals mark as Pereira leadoff the team in backstroke.

With just one team to beat to make finals, Pereira (58.40), Felipe Lima (59.83), Arthur Mendes (52.38) and Marcelo Chierighini (52.22) qualified third in 3:42.83 to guarantee Pereira a medal as a preliminary relay swimmer should Brazil claim a likely medal tonight.

Following a gold-medal disqualification in the 400-meter IM, Pereira stands at 21 career Pan American Games medals.  One more will tie him with Cuban gymnast Erick Lopez as the most medalled competitor in Pan American Games history.  He will likely do that during the 200-meter IM tonight.

The likely relay medal will push him over the top into sole possession of 23 Pan American Games medals.

Argentina (3:44.17), Mexico (3:45.60), Colombia (3:46.02), Venezuela (3:46.91) and Paraguay (3:47.72) will also swim in the finale.

2015 Pan American Games Swimming, Day 5 Prelims – 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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8 years ago

I doubt it will happen, but it would be great to see Coughlin lead off the medley relay in prelims to see if she could get under 1:00.

8 years ago

Oh that’s great news! Thx for the info Jason.

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