Olympic Champion Allison Schmitt Wins 200m Freestyle at Pan American Games
Team USA captures six medals on night two in the pool
TORONTO – Defending Olympic champion Allison Schmitt (Canton, Mich.) broke a 36-year-old Pan American Games record en route to gold in the women’s 200-meter freestyle on Wednesday on night two of the Pan American Games pool competition at the Am/Parapan Am Aquatics Centre.
After posting the top time in this morning’s prelim session, Schmitt led from the start and cruised to gold in 1 minute, 56.23 seconds to clip Cynthia Woodhead’s 1979 Pan American Games record of 1:58.43 by more than 2 seconds. Canada’s Emily Overholt was second in 1:57.55, with Brazil’s Manuella Lyrio third in 1:58.03.
“It means a lot, being my first international meet since 2012. It’s been quite journey. Being here representing the U.S. and coming home with the gold medal is even better,” Schmitt said. “It’s great to hit a time that I haven’t hit in a few years.”
Joining Schmitt atop the podium was Sean Lehane (Naperville, Ill.), who won the men’s 200m back in 1:57.47, to lead a gold-silver finish with teammate Carter Griffin (Parker, Colo.), who grabbed silver in 1:58.18. Lehane set a Games record in the morning prelims of 1:57.17.
“Our goal was to have us get one-two, and we did that so I’m glad that we were both able to get our hands on the wall (first and second),” Lehane said.
Other medal winners for Team USA on Wednesday included bronze medalists Michael Weiss (Reno, Nev.), who touched in 1:47.63 in the men’s 200m, Annie Lazor (Beverly Hills, Mich.), who finished in 2:26.23 in the women’s 200m breast, and Clara Smiddy (Miami, Fla.), who clocked a time of 2:11.47 in the women’s 200m back
After two days of pool competition, Team USA owns 10 medals – two gold, four silver and four bronze.
In other A final action Wednesday, Kiera Janzen (White Bear Lake, Minn.) was sixth in the women’s 200m free in 2:00.34, Michael Klueh (Evansville, Ind.) was fourth in the men’s 200m free in 1:47.73, BJ Johnson (Seattle, Wash.) took fourth in the men’s 200m breast in 2:12.19 and Kylie Stewart (Atlanta, Ga.) was fourth in the women’s 200m back in 2:11.92.
Florida Swim Network