Allison Schmitt Blasts 36-Year-Old Sippy Woodhead 200 Free Pan American Games Record

Jul 15, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Allison Schmitt of the United States celebrates winning the women’s 200m freestyle final during 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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USA’s Allison Schmitt obliterated Sippy Woodhead’s 36-year-old Pan American Games record in the women’s 200-meter free at the 2015 Pan American Games.

Schmitt clocked a time of 1:56.23 for the win.  That swim blasted Woodhead’s 1979 mark of 1:58.43 that had stood since she clocked it in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Woodhead’s time had stood as the world record for two months, until she lowered it to 1:58.23 in Tokyo. That time remained the world record until East Germany’s Kristin Otto broke it in July 1984.

Schmitt’s time moved her up to eighth in the world rankings, bettering her season best of 1:57.24 from May.

Canada’s Emily Overholt posted a lifetime best of 1:57.55 to take silver, her first time under 1:58, while Brazil’s Manuella Lyrio took bronze in 1:58.03.  That’s a personal best for Lyrio, clipping her 1:58.74 that was the Brazilian national record.

Canada’s Katerine Savard (1:58.70), Brazil’s Larissa Martins (2:00.32), USA’s Kiera Janzen (2:00.34), Venezuela’s Andreina Pinto (2:00.62) and Cuba’s Elisbet Gamez (2:01.84) also competed in the historic finale.

Colombia’s Jessica Camposano tied her Colombian record in the women’s 200-meter free with a 2:00.68 to win the B final. That swim matched her time from the 2014 CAC Games.

Teammate Maria Alvarez took second in the consolation heat with a 2:02.81, while Venezuela’s Andrea Garrido turned in a third-place time of 2:03.33.

Mexico’s Maria Richaud (2:03.69), Mexico’s Natalia Jaspeado (2:03.69), Guatemala’s Gabriela Santis (2:03.94), Peru’s Andrea Cedron (2:04.11) and El Salvador’s Rebeca Quinteros (2:06.19) also swam in the B final.


  • Women’s 200 free
  • Men’s 200 free
  • Women’s 200 breast
  • Men’s 200 breast
  • Women’s 200 back
  • Men’s 200 back
  • Men’s 800 free relay





  1. avatar

    Let’s not get to carried away about a 1.53 swimmer breaking a 36 year old record

    • avatar
      Caitlin Garrison

      Why not? She just came from OTC. She has also been in somewhat of a slump since the Olympics. She has improved on previous time this year. Yes I think I will get carried away.

  2. Lance Robinson

    Wanted to see it, but dont have cable. It’s like an insult.

  3. Amiee Larchar Modic

    2 seconds off of a 200 time is ridiculous. Good for her!