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TORONTO — Former Georgia swimmer Allison Schmitt crushed a 36-year-old Pan Am Games record on Wednesday as she won the women’s 200-meter freestyle.
Schmitt stopped the clock in 1:56.23 to obliterate the mark of 1:58.43 set in 1979 by Cynthia “Sippy” Woodhead. Canada’s Emily Overholt placed second in 1:57.55 and Brazil’s Manuella Lyrio came in third in 1:58.03.
Schmitt — who swam at Georgia in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013 — moved up to eighth in the world rankings with her performance. She won six medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, including gold in the 200-meter freestyle and on the 4×200-meter freestyle relay in London.
Also Wednesday, rising sophomore Kylie Stewart came in fourth in the women’s 200-meter backstroke with a time of 2:11.92. Rising sophomore Gunnar Bentz swam the third leg of the men’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay that initially placed second in 7:12.20 but later was disqualified because one of his teammates wore tape holding two of his fingers together.