By Sharon Robb
July 16, 2015—It was a good day for swimmers with Florida Gold Coast ties on Day Three of the XVII Pan American Games on Thursday in Toronto.
Two-time Colombian Olympian Carolina Colorado, 27, of South Florida Aquatic Club was fifth in the “B” final of the 100-meter butterfly in 1:01.81.
Colorado, competing in her third Pan American Games, has the 100-meter backstroke remaining.
Other Florida Gold Coast finishers were:
In the men’s 400-yard individual medley final, Venezuela’s Carlos Omana, 22, of Metro Aquatics was sixth in 4:19.11. Omana was third fastest in his morning heat in 4:20.84.
Venezuela teammate Juan Sequera, also of of Metro Aquatics, won the “B” final of the 400-meter individual medley in 4:24.97. Sequera was third fastest in his heat in 4:25.69.
Azura Florida Aquatics’ Esteban Araya of Costa Rica was eighth in 4:33.80.
Venezuela’s Isabella Paez of Duke and Metro Aquatics won the “B” final of the 100-meter butterfly in 1:00.79.
Scratching from finals was American Heritage alum Dylan Carter of Trinidad & Tobago in the men’s 100-meter butterfly prelims. He swam the 13th fastest time of 53.89.
In Wednesday night’s final of the 200-meter breaststroke, Aruba’s Jordy Groters of Pine Crest Swimming broke his senior national record of 2:19.77 in 2:18.55 to finish eighth in the “B” final. It was the same pool he set his previous national record during the Canadian trials.
In Thursday races:
U.S. Olympian Caitlin Leverenz broke the 16-year-old meet record in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:37.74. The previous record was 4:38.46. Leverenz broke it again in finals in 4:35.46. Canadian teenager Emily Overholt, 17, who finished just ahead of Leverenz was disqualified.
Brazilian Thiago Pereira, the most decorated swimmer in Pan Am history, was also disqualified from first in the 400 IM, bumping teammate Brandonn Almeida into first. Both appeals by Overholt and Pereira were denied.
In her international meet debut, American Kelsi Worrell broke the meet record in the 100-meter butterfly in 57.23, third fastest time in the world this season. She broke the record of 58.59 set by South Florida Aquatic Club’s Claire Donahue in 2011. Worrell came back at night to win the gold medal in 57.78 in her Pan Ams debut.
American Giles Smith won the men’s 100-meter butterfly in a meet record in 52.04.
The U.S. women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay team won the gold medal in a meet record 7:54.32 with Kiera Janzen, Allison Schmitt, Courtney Harnish and Gillian Ryan. The previous record was 8:01.18 set by the U.S. in 2011. It was the fourth gold medal of the night for the U.S.
Venezuela was fourth in 8:13.10 with Andrea Garrido, Yennifer Marquez of Azura, Mercedes Toledo and Andreina Pinto. Peru’s relay with De Bever was fifth in 8:42.53.
The U.S. men’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay, disqualified on Wednesday night, had its silver medal reinstated. Relay swimmer Michael Weiss’ taped middle finger on his left hand was the cause of the disqualification because it violated a FINA rule since it wasn’t approved by a FINA sport medicine committee. The U.S. won its appeal because tape was necessary because of an injury and there was no competitive advantage.
The first positive drug test surfaced on Thursday. Peru national record holder Mauricio Fiol, silver medalist in the 200-meter butterfly, tested positive after his post-race drug test. He scratched from Thursday’s 100 butterfly and is awaiting results from a second drug test. He wrote on his Facebook page that he had failed his drug test and apologized to his country, club, family, coaches and sponsors.
The CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company) will offer more than 650 hours of coverage online. ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes will also televise the Games including 62 hours of live coverage.
400-meter individual medley: 1. Caitlin Leverenz, United States 4:35.46, PR; 2. Sydney Pickrem, Canada 4:38.03, 3. Joanna Maranhao, Brazil 4:38.07.
100-meter butterfly: 1. Kelsi Worrell, United States 57.78, 2. Noemie Thomas, Canada 58.00, 3. Katerine Savard, Canada 58.05; SOFLO: 13. Carolina Colorado, Colombia 1:01.81.
4×200-meter freestyle relay: 1. United States 7:54.32, record, 2. Brazil 7:56.36, 3. Canada 7:59.36, 4. Venezuela 8:13.10, 5. Peru 8:42.53.
400-meter individual medley: 1. Brandonn Almeida, Brazil 4:14.47, 2. Luke Reilly, Canada 4:16.16, 3. Max Williamson, United States 4:16.91.
100-meter butterfly: 1. Giles Smith, United States 52.04, record, 2. Santiago Grassi, Argentina 52.09, 3. Santo Condorelli, Canada 52.42.
SOFLO CONNECTION AT PAN AMS
BERMUDA: Lisa Blackburn
COLOMBIA: Carolina Colorado, Jorge Murillo-Valdes
JAMAICA: Alia Atkinson, Timothy Wynter, Chris Anderson (Coach)
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