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TORONTO – Everything you need to follow along with prelims live during the 2015 Pan American Games. Hit refresh for the latest coverage.

Men’s 100 back

Brazil’s Guilherme Guido looks to be the clear favorite in the men’s 100-meter back finals at the Pan American Games after a swift preliminary swim.

Guido topped all qualifiers with a time of 54.04, while USA’s Nick Thoman (54.35) and Eugene Godsoe (54.38) qualified second and third.

Canada’s Russell Wood (54.55), Argentina’s Federico Grabich (54.87), Colombia’s Omar Pinzon (54.94), Venezuela’s Albert

Subirats (55.24) and Canada’s Markus Thormeyer (55.26) will also compete in the A final.

Cuba’s Armando Barrera (56.14), Paraguay’s Charles Hockin (56.56), Venezuela’s Robinson Molina (57.08), Guatemala’s Luis Martinez (57.22), Mexico’s Daniel Torres (57.38), Jamaica’s Timothy Wynter (57.86), Barbados’ Chris Courtis (58.15) and Virgin Islands’ Matt Mays (59.15) comprise the consolation field. Following a tough gold-medal disqualification last night, Brazil’s Thiago Pereira scratched the 100 back this morning.

Women’s 100 back

USA’s Olivia Smoliga uncorked a Pan American Games record during prelims of the women’s 100-meter back at the 2015 Pan American Games.

Smoliga went out like a rocket and came home just as fast as she clocked a top-seeded time of 1:00.35.  That swim beat Rachel Bootsma’s games record from 2011 and moved Smoliga into 20th in the world rankings.

Canada’s Dominique Bouchard, who is ranked 14th in the world in the event with a 1:00.20 from Canadian Trials, qualified second in 1:00.44, while Brazil’s Etiene Medeiros earned the third seed in 1:00.74.

USA’s Clara Smiddy (1:00.79), Canada’s Hilary Caldwell (1:00.97), Guatemala’s Gisela Morales (1:00.99), Mexico’s Maria Gonzalez (1:01.25) and Argentina’s Andrea Berrino (1:01.32) closed out the A finalists.

Brazil’s Natalia De Luccas (1:01.89), Colombia’s Carolina Colorado (1:02.10), Colombia’s Isabella Arcila (1:02.62), Mexico’s Estela Davis (1:03.36), Venezuela’s Carla Gonzalez (1:04.09), Honduras’ Karen Vilorio (1:04.29), Argentina’s Florencia Perotti (1:04.81) and Peru’s McKenna De Bever (1:05.00) picked up the B final spots.

Men’s 400 free

USA’s Kiera Janzen set herself up for a potentially special swim during finals of the women’s 400-meter free.

Janzen clocked an easy-speed 4:11.82 for the top seed, and still has a lifetime best of 4:10.25 from last summer’s nationals to summon during finals.

Venezuela’s Andreina Pinto rode Janzen’s hip through 350 meters before fading a bit for the second seed in 4:12.43.

Brazil’s Manuella Lyrio (4:15.38), Bahamas’ Joanna Evans (4:15.51), USA’s Gillian Ryan (4:15.95), Colombia’s Maria Alvarez (4:16.90), Brazil’s Carolina Bilich (4:16.92) and Canada’s Emily Overholt (4:18.21) will also compete in the A final.

Mexico’s Natalia Jaspeado (4:18.30), Canada’s Tabitha Baumann (4:18.70), Mexico’s Allyson Macias (4:20.45), Cuba’s Elisbet Gamez (4:21.10), Peru’s Andrea Cedron (4:21.31), Guatemala’s Gabriela Santis (4:24.73), Aruba’s Dan Van Den Berg (4:28.01) and El Salvador’s Rebeca Quinteros (4:29.19) wound up in the B final.

Men’s 400 free

Hometown favorite Ryan Cochrane put up the top seed in the men’s 400-meter free this morning.

Cochrane, who is ranked 13th in the world with a 3:47.50 from Canadian Trials, paced prelims with a time of 3:50.58.

Brazil’s Leonardo De Deus put up a 3:51.40 for the second seed, while USA’s Michael Klueh (3:51.76) and Ryan Feeley (3:51.79) nearly tied in their heat en route to the third and fourth seeds.

Canada’s Jeremy Bagshaw (3:52.13), Venezuela’s Cristian Quintero (3:52.63), Colombia’s Mateo De Angulo (3:53.01) and Mexico’s Ricardo Vargas (3:53.40) will also vie for the title.

Brazil’s Lucas Kanieski (3:53.80), Puerto Rico’s Christian Bayo (3:53.93), Venezuela’s Rafael Davila (3:54.23), Argentina’s Martin Naidich (3:54.44), El Salvador’s Marcelo Acosta (3:54.83), Ecuador’s Tomas Peribonio (3:55.70), Argentina’s Juan Pereyra (3:56.86) and Mexico’s Arturo Perez (4:00.28) made their way into the B final.

Women’s 100 breast

USA’s Katie Meili unleashed a blistering Pan American Games record time during prelims of the women’s 100-meter breast at the 2015 Pan American Games.

Meili threw down a sizzling time of 1:05.64 this morning to move from fourth in the world (1:06.50 on the Arena Pro Swim Series) to second behind only Ruta Meilutyte (1:05.46).

100 Breast World Rankings

Name Time
Ruta Meilutyte 1:05.46
Katie Meili 1:05.64
Yuliya Efimova 1:05.89
Kanako Watanabe 1:06.45
Mina Matsushima 1:06.76

That swim demolished the previous Pan American Games record of 1:07.78 set by Annamay Pierse of Canada back in 2007.

Canada’s Rachel Nicol raced her way to the second see in 1:07.10.  That swim pushed her to 13th in the world rankings.

Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson, already ranked sixth in the world with a 1:06.79 from the Arena Pro Swim Series, cruised into the third seed in 1:07.46.

Canada’s Tera Van Beilen (1:08.11), Brazil’s Jhennifer Conceicao (1:08.75), USA’s Annie Lazor (1:08.94), Brazil’s Beatriz Travalon (1:08.99) and Argentina’s Macarena Ceballos (1:09.97) will also swim in the A final.

Argentina’s Julia Sebastian (1:10.02), Venezuela’s Mercedes Toledo (1:10.53), Mexico’s Esther Gonzalez (1:10.83), Mexico’s Arantxa Medina (1:11.70), Bahamas’ Laura Morley (1:14.70), Peru’s Paula Tamashiro (1:15.46), Suriname’s Evita Leter (1:51.84) and Bermuda’s Lisa Blackburn (1:16.14) snared the B final lanes.

Men’s 100 breast

Brazil’s Felipe Silva became the first man under 1:00 in the men’s 100-meter breast at the Pan American Games with the meet record.

Silva cranked out a 59.84 in heat 2 to break Mark Gangloff’s 2007 record of 1:00.24.  That swim matched Silva’s season best of 59.84 from the Maria Lenk Trophy meet that ranks him eighth in the world.

Colombia’s Jorge Murillo turned in the second seed with a time of 1:00.53, while Brazil’s Felipe Lima clocked a third-seeded 1:00.57. Lima is ranked fifth in the world with a 59.78 from the Maria Lenk Trophy meet and should push the pace in finals.

Canada’s Richard Funk (1:00.80), USA’s Brad Craig (1:01.29), USA’s BJ Johnson (1:01.61), Mexico’s Miguel De Lara (1:01.85) and Panama’s Edgar Crespo (1:02.01) qualified fourth through eighth.

Venezuela’s Carlos Claverie (1:02.02), Argentina’s Facundo Miguelena (1:03.03), Bahamas’ Dustin Tynes (1:03.15), Canada’s James Dergousoff (1:03.28), Paraguay’s Renato Prono (1:03.75), Bermudas’ Julian Fletcher (1:03.87), Aruba’s Jordy Groters (1:03.92) and Uruguay’s Martin Melconian (1:04.26) moved on to the B final.

Women’s 50 free

Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace of the Bahamas set the pool on fire with a meet record 24.31 in heat 4 of the 50 free to top qualifiers. The time is four hundredths faster than her previous best of 2015, a 24.35 from the Arena Pro Swim Series in Charlotte in May. Vanderpool-Wallace remains ranked fourth in the world as she led five swimmers under 25-seconds including a pair under the Games record.

Two heats earlier, Brazil’s Etiene Medeiros branched out from backstroke to post a 24.75, just missing her national record of 24.74. But, that time was the first ever under 25-seconds in Pan American Games history as she beat Lara Jackson’s 2011 record of 25.09.

Vanderpool-Wallace and Medeiros were joined by three more swimmers under 25 seconds in the historic prelim session. American Madison Kennedy put forth a strong 24.75 to tie for second, while Brazil’s Graciele Herrmann (24.95) and 100 free winner Chantal Van Landeghem of Canada (24.97) rounded out the top five.

Natalie Coughlin of the USA made the final with a 25.07 for sixth, tying her with Canada’s Michelle Williams. Puerto Rico’s Vanessa Garcia snuck into eighth position with a 25.37.

Mexico’s Iliana Ibanez will take the top spot in the B final tonight after her 25.46 for ninth place overall. She’ll be joined by Chinyere Pigot of of Venezuela (25.83), Arlene Semoco of Venezuela (25.83), Isabela Arcila of Colombia (25.89), Karen Torrez of Bolivia (26.01), Aixa Triay of Argentina (26.03), Allyson Ponson of Aruba (26.22) and Ariel Weech of Bahamas (26.32).

Men’s 50 free

Josh Schneider and Cullen Jones will look to snap Brazil’s winning streak in the 50 free at the Pan American Games, as the Americans qualified 1-2 in the event. Brazil has won the splash-and-dash at the past five meets, and Schneider’s 21.97 in the first heat sent a strong message. it’s just a tick slower than he’s already swum this year at the Arena Pro Swim Series in Charlotte, and he’ll need to be close to or better than his lifetime best of 21.78 to win gold. Jones posted a 22.12 for second place, while Argentinian breakout Federico Grabich, the 100 free winner, was third with a 22.25.

Renzo Tjon-A-Joe of Suriname qualified fourth with a 22.31, breaking his own national record of 22.53 from last April’s Arena Pro Swim Series meet in Mesa. Bruno Fratus of Brazil is looking to make it six in a row for his native country, getting into the final with a 22.33 for fifth. Look for Fratus to dip under 22 in the final, something he has done with regularity in his career.

Trinidad and Tobago’s George Bovell also got into the final with a 22.34 for sixth, while Oleksandr Loginov gave the home crowd an entrant into the final with a 22.37.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter and Puerto Rico’s Erik Risolvato will conduct a swimoff for eighth place after the two posted matching times of 22.48 in prelims.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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