Three Games Records Topple During Friday Evening Prelims at Pan American Games

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, July 20. THREE more Games records came to an end during Friday night's long course meter preliminaries at the Pan American Games held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Most notably, American Keri Hehn wiped out a 16-year-old standard previously held by Dorsey Tierney since 1991.

Women's 100 freestyle
American Lauren Thies led a trio of swimmers under 57 in the women's 100 free. Thies clocked a 56.53, while Brazil's Rebeca Gusmao placing just behind in second with a time of 56.86. Canada's Elizabeth Collins took third in 56.90.

Venezuela's Arlene Semeco (57.19), Canada's Seanna Mitchell (57.37), the Bahamas' Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace (57.52) and the United States' Michele King (57.68) finished fourth through seventh, while Mexico's Liliana Ibanez Lopez placed eighth in 57.76.

Women's 200 breaststroke
The United States' Keri Hehn and Caitlin Leverenz both surpassed a 16-year-old meet record held previously by current Auburn coach Dorsey Tierney, when Tierney clocked a 2:28.69 on Aug. 13, 1991.

While Leverenz already has the eighth-fastest time in the world this year with a 2:25.63 set at the Duel in the Pool in April, Hehn moved up to 11th this year behind Tara Kirk (2:26.64), when she topped qualifying with a time of 2:26.72. Meanwhile, Leverenz placed second with a 2:26.98.

Mexico's Adriana Marmolejo Vargas (2:34.38), Canada's Kathleen Stoody (2:34.58), Brazil's Tatiane Sakemi (2:35.69) and Jamaica's Alia Atkinson (2:37.61) picked up third through sixth place, while Argentina's Agustina de Giovanni (2:39.89) and Canada's Annamay Pierse (2:40.01) placed seventh and eighth, respectively.

Men's 50 freestyle
Brazil's Nicholas Santos gave the Games its second straight meet record with a top time of 22.20. The effort nipped the 22.22 set by Fernando Scherer on Aug. 6, 1999. Additionally, the performance moved Santos up to ninth in the world this year behind a bunch of World Championships times as well as Frenchman Alain Bernard's 21.76 notched at the French Long Course Championships in June.

Other times ahead of Santos this year are Ben Wildman-Tobriner (21.88), Cullen Jones (21.94), Stefan Nystrand (21.97), Bartosz Kizierowski (22.00), Eamon Sullivan (22.05), Cesar Cielo (22.09) and Roland Schoeman (22.16), all of which took place in Melbourne at Worlds.

Well behind Santos, the United States' Gabriel Woodward finished second in 22.75 with Trinidad and Tobago's George Bovell taking third in 22.79.

The United States' Gary Hall Jr. (22.85), Brazil's Cielo (22.88), Colombia's Camilo Becerra Velasco (23.00), Argentina's Jose Meolans (23.03) and Venezuela's Albert Subirats (23.09) made up the rest of the top eight.

Women's 200 backstroke
Keri Hehn really got the ball rolling on some serious Games-record damage as teammate Teresa Crippen shot down the women's 200 back standard. That performance gave the session its third consecutive new standard.

Crippen hit the wall in 2:12.35 to edge the 2:12.48 set by Denali Knapp on Aug. 7, 1999. The swim also pushed Crippen into 20th in the world this year behind Mary Beck's 2:12.23 set at Junior Pan Pacs in January.

Canada's Liz Wycliffe placed second in prelims with a time of 2:13.41, while the United States' Julia Smit took third in 2:15.90.

Canada's Karah Stanworth-Belleville wound up fourth in 2:16.44, while Mexico's Lourdes Villasenor Reyes (2:17.34) and Venezuela's Erin Volcan (2:17.47) finished fifth and sixth, respectively.

Mexico's Maria Fernanda Gonzalez Ramirez (2:20.46) and Brazil's Fernanda Alvarenga (2:22.39) comprised the rest of the top eight.

Men's 100 backstroke
The United States' Peter Marshall paced qualifying in the men's 100 back with a time of 55.09. That effort kicked him up to 19th in the world this year behind Matthew Clay's 55.07 lodged at Worlds in Melbourne.

Meanwhile, Canada's Pascal Wollach (55.69) and the United States' Randall Bal (56.31) turned in second and third-place times, respectively.

Brazil's Thiago Pereira did just enough to make it on to the next round and continue his quest to add to his gold medal tally of five with a fourth-place 56.71.

Venezuela's Albert Subirats (56.80), Barbados' Nicholas Neckles (56.83), Colombia's Omar Pinzon (56.88) and Brazil's Leonardo Guedes (57.15) concluded the top eight.

Men's 1500 freestyle
With the fastest heat still to come tomorrow morning, Mexico's Daniel Delgadillo posted the top time of the initial two heats with a 15:42.86 readout.

Argentina's Juan Martin Pereyra took second in 15:45.96, while Chile's Roberto Penailillo placed third in 15:57.04.

Women's 400 medley relay
Canada's contingent of Caitlin Meredith, Jillian Tyler, Stephanie Horner and Elizabeth Collins clipped the United States' quartet of Brielle White, Michelle McKeehan, Kathleen Hersey and Maritza Correia during prelims, 4:12.22 to 4:12.62.

Meanwhile, the Bahamas' squad of Alana Dillette, Alicia Lightbourne, Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace and Nikia Deveaux placed third in 4:23.70.

Men's 400 medley relay
Canada made it two in a row in the medley relays during prelims as the quartet of Matthew Hawes, Mathieu Bois, Joe Bartoch and Chad Hankewich topped qualifying with a time of 3:41.99.

The United States' squad of Peter Marshall, Christian Schurr, Pat O'Neil and Alex Righi placed second in 3:42.14, while the Brazilian team of Lucas Salatta, Felipe Lima, Gabriel Mangabeira and Eduardo Deboni took third in 3:47.72.

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