Alex Walsh topped the podium at Pan AM's


  • World Record: 2:06.12, Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2015
  • Pan Am Record: 2:10.51, Caitlin Leverenz (USA), 2015
  • 2015 Champion: Caitlin Leverenz (USA), 2:10.51
  1. Alex Walsh (USA), 2:11.24
  2. Meghan Small (USA), 2:11.36
  3. Bailey Andison (CAN), 2:14.14

American teammates Alex Walsh and Meghan Small had near-identical splits on all four 50s of the women’s 200 IM, with Walsh prevailing at the wall in a final time of 2:11.24. That improves her previous best of 2:11.83 from last summer.

This is Walsh’s third gold medal of the competition and second individual after winning the 200 back earlier.

Turning 0.03 ahead of Small at the 150, Walsh out-split her 31.87 to 31.96 on the freestyle to seal the win.

Small picked up the silver in 2:11.36, a tenth shy of her PB from the 2015 Pan Am Games (2:11.36).


  • World Record: Regan Smith (USA), 2019, 2:03.35
  • Pan Ams Record: Hilary Caldwell (CAN), 2015, 2:08.22
  • Defending Champion: Hilary Caldwell (CAN), 2:08.22

Top 3:

American Isabelle Stadden took the early lead in the championship final of the women’s 200 backstroke, hitting the wall in 30.43 to her feet, a slender .01 ahead of Canda’s Madison Broad.

Stadden asserted herself as first by .24 over teammate Alex Walsh at the 100-meter turn, flipping in 1:03.18, Glover remained 3rd. Walsh surged over the next 50 meters to flip in 1:35.73, nearly half-a-second ahead of Stadden, and over 1.5 seconds ahead of Canada’s Glover.

Stadden stormed back over the final 50 meters to nearly equal Walsh at the touch, but just missed gold, hitting the wall 2:08.39 to Walsh’s gold-medal-winning 2:08.30.