Swimming at the 1979 Pan American Games

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Swimming at the
1979 Pan American Games
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Freestyle
100 m men women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m women
1500 m men
Backstroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Breaststroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Butterfly
100 m men women
200 m men women
Individual medley
200 m men women
400 m men women
Freestyle relay
4×100 m men women
4×200 m men
Medley relay
4×100 m men women

The Swimming Tournament at the 1979 Pan American Games took place in the Piscina Olimpica del Escambron in San Juan, Puerto Rico from July 2 to July 8, 1979. [1][2]

Three world records were broken at this edition of the Games, all by U.S. swimmers.

Men’s events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 m freestyle
  details
United States David McCagg (USA) 50.77 Puerto Rico Fernando Cañales (PUR) 51.25 United States John Newton (USA) 51.45
200 m freestyle
  details
United States Rowdy Gaines (USA) 1:51.22 United States David Larson (USA) 1:52.24 Brazil Djan Madruga (BRA) 1:52.34
400 m freestyle
  details
United States Brian Goodell (USA) 3:53.01 Brazil Djan Madruga (BRA) 3:57.46 Canada Peter Szmidt (CAN) 3:58.34
1500 m freestyle
  details
United States Brian Goodell (USA) 15:24.36 Brazil Djan Madruga (BRA) 15:41.74 United States Bobby Hackett (USA) 15:46.83
100 m backstroke
  details
United States Bob Jackson (USA) 56.66 Brazil Rômulo Arantes (BRA) 57.20 Canada Steve Pickell (CAN) 57.89
200 m backstroke
  details
United States Peter Rocca (USA) 2:00.98 United States Jesse Vassallo (USA) 2:02.07 Brazil Djan Madruga (BRA) 2:04.74
100 m breaststroke
  details
United States Steve Lundquist (USA) 1:03.82 United States Greg Winchell (USA) 1:04.76 Canada Graham Smith (CAN) 1:05.66
200 m breaststroke
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United States Steve Lundquist (USA) 2:21.97 United States John Simmons (USA) 2:22.45 Colombia Pablo Restrepo (COL) 2:23.13
100 m butterfly
  details
United States Robert Placak (USA) 55.54 Canada Dan Thompson (CAN) 55.56 Canada Clay Evans (CAN) 56.63
200 m butterfly
  details
United States Craig Beardsley (USA) 2:00.49 Canada George Nagy (CAN) 2:02.15 Canada Bill Sawchuk (CAN) 2:02.93
200 m individual medley
  details
United States Jesse Vassallo (USA) 2:03.29
WR
Canada Graham Smith (CAN) 2:05.86 United States Scott Spann (USA) 2:06.29
400 m individual medley
  details
United States Jesse Vassallo (USA) 4:21.63 Canada Bill Sawchuk (CAN) 4:30.21 Canada Alex Baumann (CAN) 4:32.42
4×100 m freestyle relay
  details
Flag of the United States.svg UNITED STATES
Rowdy Gaines
Jack Babashoff
John Newton
David McCagg
3:23.71 Flag of Canada.svg CANADA
Graham Welbourn
Alan Swanston
Bill Sawchuk
Peter Szmidt
3:29.64 Flag of Brazil.svg BRAZIL
Cyro Marques
Djan Madruga
Marcus Mattioli
Rômulo Arantes
3:30.86
4×200 m freestyle relay
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Flag of the United States.svg UNITED STATES
Brian Goodell
David Larson
Kris Kirchner
Rowdy Gaines
7:31.28 Flag of Brazil.svg BRAZIL
Cyro Marques
Djan Madruga
Jorge Fernandes
Marcus Mattioli
7:38.92 Flag of Canada.svg CANADA
Peter Szmidt
Graham Welbourn
Rob Bayliss
Bill Sawchuk
7:39.27
4×100 m medley relay
  details
Flag of the United States.svg UNITED STATES
Bob Jackson
Steve Lundquist
Bob Placak
David McCagg
3:47.20 Flag of Canada.svg CANADA
Steve Pickell
Graham Smith
Dan Thompson
Bill Sawchuk
3:50.02 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg PUERTO RICO
Carlos Berrocal
Orlando Catinchi
Arnaldo Pérez
Fernando Cañales
3:54.63

Women's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 m freestyle
  details
United States Cynthia Woodhead (USA) 56.22 United States Jill Sterkel (USA) 56.24 Canada Gail Amundrud (CAN) 57.79
200 m freestyle
  details
United States Cynthia Woodhead (USA) 1:58.43
WR
United States Kim Linehan (USA) 2:01.92 Canada Gail Amundrud (CAN) 2:03.38
400 m freestyle
  details
United States Cynthia Woodhead (USA) 4:10.56 United States Tracy Caulkins (USA) 4:16.13 Canada Wendy Quirk (CAN) 4:17.34
800 m freestyle
  details
United States Kim Linehan (USA) 8:39.82 United States Jennifer Hooker (USA) 8:50.71 Canada Barbara Shockey (CAN) 8:54.82
100 m backstroke
  details
United States Linda Jezek (USA) 1:03.33 Canada Cheryl Gibson (CAN) 1:05.17 Mexico Teresa Rivera (MEX) 1:06.87
200 m backstroke
  details
United States Linda Jezek (USA) 2:16.07 Canada Cheryl Gibson (CAN) 2:17.58 United States Libby Kinkead (USA) 2:20.19
100 m breaststroke
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United States Tami Paumier (USA) 1:12.20 United States Tracy Caulkins (USA) 1:12.52 Canada Anne Gagnon (CAN) 1:14.38
200 m breaststroke
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Canada Anne Gagnon (CAN) 2:35.75 Canada Joanne Bédard (CAN) 2:40.22 United States Patricia Speeds (USA) 2:40.79
100 m butterfly
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United States Jill Sterkel (USA) 1:00.53 United States Lisa Buese (USA) 1:00.59 Canada Nancy Garapick (CAN) 1:02.96
200 m butterfly
  details
United States Mary T. Meagher (USA) 2:09.77
WR
United States Karinne Miller (USA) 2:15.05 Canada Nancy Garapick (CAN) 2:16.40
200 m individual medley
  details
United States Tracy Caulkins (USA) 2:16.11 Canada Nancy Garapick (CAN) 2:19.36 United States Anne Tweedy (USA) 2:20.33
400 m individual medley
  details
United States Tracy Caulkins (USA) 4:46.05 United States Anne Tweedy (USA) 4:47.19 Canada Nancy Garapick (CAN) 4:53.37
4×100 m freestyle relay
  details
Flag of the United States.svg UNITED STATES
Stephanie Elkins
Tracy Caulkins
Jill Sterkel
Cynthia Woodhead
3:45.82 Flag of Canada.svg CANADA
Gail Amundrud
Carol Klimpel
Anne Jardin
Wendy Quirk
3:50.18 Flag of Mexico.svg MEXICO
Teresa Rivera
Isabel Reuss
Yvonne Guerrero
Helen Plachinski
4:02.05
4×100 m medley relay
  details
Flag of the United States.svg UNITED STATES
Linda Jezek
Tracy Caulkins
Jill Sterkel
Cynthia Woodhead
4:13.24 Flag of Canada.svg CANADA
Cheryl Gibson
Anne Gagnon
Nancy Garapick
Gail Amundrud
4:20.16 Flag of Mexico.svg MEXICO
Teresa Rivera
Elke Holtz
Helen Plachinski
Inez Guerrero
4:30.59

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 United States 28 12 6 46
2 Canada 1 12 15 28
3 Brazil - 4 3 7
4 Puerto Rico - 1 1 2
5 Mexico - - 3 3
6 Colombia - - 1 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ ISHOF list with all medalists in Pan Am Games history
  2. ^ Odir Cunha (2007). Heróis da América - História Completa dos Jogos Pan-Americanos. Editora Planeta. ISBN 8576652803.