2019 Pan American Games: U.S. Cruises to Victory in Women’s 400 Medley

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Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Just a few short weeks ago, the U.S. women’s relay team of Reagan Smith, Lilly King, Kelsi Dahlia, and Simone Manuel reset the world record in the 400 medley relay, stunning the swim community and attracting attention from across the globe. With the fresh combination of Phoebe Bacon, Annie Lazor, Kendyl Stewart, and Margo Geer, the Americans found themselves on top once again with a time of 3:57.74. The women upheld their country’s status with grace, cruising to the victory despite tough competition in Danielle Hanus, Faith Knelson, Haley Black, and Alexia Zevnik of Canada (4:01.90).

Brazil seized the final spot in the top three, clocking in at 4:04.96 courtesy of Etiene Medeiros, Jhennifer Conceicao, Giovanna Diamante, and Larissa Martins de Oliveira.

While the Americans came within striking distance of the Pan Am record (3:56.63) set in 2015, they were ultimately forced to conclude the women’s schedule by leaving it untouched, tallying the United States’ third gold of the evening nonetheless.

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