2019 Pan American Games Day 5 Prelims: Will Licon, Meghan Small Take Top Seeds

Jul 15, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Meghan Small of the United States competes in the women's 200m breaststroke preliminary heat during the 2015 Pan Am Games at Pan Am Aquatics UTS Centre and Field House. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Meghan Small took the top seed in the 200 IM. Photo Courtesy: Rob Schumacher/USA Today Sports Images

The final morning of 2019 Pan American Games swimming competition opened on Saturday from Lima.

The preliminary events scheduled are the 1500 free, 200 IM and 4×100 medley relay.

It is a light day to end the competition, but these events should pack a punch with plenty of great swimmers bidding for gold.

Women’s 1500 Free
Women’s 200 IM
Men’s 200 IM
Men’s 1500 Free
Women’s 4×100 Medley Relay
Men’s 4×100 Medley Relay

Women’s 1500 Free

In the first heat of the women’s 1500 timed finals, there were four competitors.

Mexico’s Regina Caracas Ramirez took the top spot so far with one timed final remaining during the finals session.

Caracas Ramirez finished in 17:02:06 to hold off the other three in her heat.

Colombia’s Maria Paula Alvarez took the second spot in 17:11.21, followed by Peru’s Fanny Ccollcca Sanchez (17:15.85).

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Women’s 200 IM

The United States took the top two spots in the women’s 200 IM during prelims, followed by two from Canada.

Meghan Small took the top seed in 2:13.05, while teammate Alex Walsh took the second seed in 2:14.55.

USA’s Caitlin Leverenz holds the Pan American record at 2:10.51, while Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu has the world record at 2:06.12.

Canada’s Bailey Andison took third spot in the finals with a swim of 2:15.15, followed by teammate Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson (2:15.78).

Mexico’s Monika Gonzalez Hermosillo took the fifth seed (2:17.38), followed by Peru’s Mckenna Debever Elliot (2:18.22), Brazil’s Camila Lins de Mello (2:18.95) and Laura Morley (2:19.37) of the Bahamas.

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Men’s 200 IM

Will Licon continued his strong meet by taking the top seed in the 200 IM. Licon nearly broke 2 minutes in the prelims, finishing in 2:00.97 to finish nearly 2 seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

Brazil’s Henrique Rodigues holds the meet record at 1:57.06, while Ryan Lochte still holds the world record at 1:54.00.

Brazil’s Caio Rodrigues Pumputis took the second seed in 2:02.48 to edge Mexico’s Jose Angel Martinez Gomes (2:02.54).

Ecuador’s Tomas Peribonio Avila had the fourth-fastest time of the morning, finishing in 2:02.67.

Brazil’s Leonardo Coehlo Santos took the fifth seed in 2:02.74, followed by Canada’s Javier Acevedo (2:03.33) and Aruba’s Patrick Groters (2:03.33), who tied for the sixth spot.

Panama’s Bernhard Christianson took the final spot for tonight’s final in 2:04.00.

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Men’s 1500 Free

The fastest head of the timed finals in the 1500 free will be part of the final session tonight, but there were still a few fast swims in the early heats.

Argentina’s Franco Cassini was the top performer of the morning session, swimming a 15:44.15 to lead the field by more than six seconds.

Peru’s Christian Bayo was next at 15:50.66, followed by Venezuela’s Andy Arteta Gomez (16:01.13).

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Women’s 4×100 Medley Relay

The U.S. women took the top seed in the 4×100 medley relay.

Margo Geer, Kendyl Stewart, Phoebe Bacon and Molly Hannis teamed up to finish the race in 4:04.32.

The Americans were more than five seconds ahead of Brazil (4:09.82) and Canada (4:10.26).

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Men’s 4×100 Medley Relay

The U.S. men also used a strong prelims swim to take the top seed in the 4×100 medley relay.

Nick Alexander, Nick Fink, Matthew Josa and Michael Chadwick teamed up for a 3:33.91 swim.

The Americans were more than six seconds ahead of the rest of the field in the event.

Brazil finished with the second seed in 3:40.11, followed by Mexico (3:41.44).

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The 2019 Pan American Games continues with Saturday night finals.