Thursday, August 8

Below are recaps of Team USA’s performances for the day. For live scores and results, please click here.

Podium Finishes:

Fencing (1 gold)
The U.S. team of Jacqueline Dubrovich, Lee Kiefer and Nicole Ross took the women’s team foil title with a 45-38 victory over Canada. For the first five of the nine rounds, the marginal lead was only one touch and the leader alternated between the countries. In the sixth round, Team USA took the lead by four and had it shortened to two in the seventh. Ross maneuvered in the eighth round, surging and lunging for nine points – the most scored in a round of the match for either team – to increase the U.S. lead by four. As the final U.S. fencer to compete, individual gold medalist Kiefer improved the final margin to six to secure the win for Team USA. 

Facing another medal opportunity in the men’s team epee bronze-medal match, the U.S. trio of James Kaull III, Jacob Hoyle and Curtis McDowald finished fourth overall after dropping a hard-fought 45-43 loss to Venezuela.   

Judo (1 bronze)
Judo opened competition at the 2019 Pan American Games with American Adoniz Diaz claiming a share of the bronze medal with a win over Roberto Almenares of Cuba in the men’s -60 kg. bronze-medal bout. Brazil’s Renan Torres won the gold medal over reigning Pan American Games champion Lenin Preciado of Ecuador.

Competing in the women’s -48 kg. class, American Anne Suzuki went 0-2 on the day and did not advance past the repechage rounds.  

Rowing (1 silver)
The first day of finals racing was a success for Team USA as Maggie Fellows and Julia Lonchar earned the silver medal in women’s double sculls. Sitting in third place at the 500-meter mark, the duo advanced to the runner-up position by the halfway point and held on for second place, finishing the course in 7:12.72. Cuba won the gold in 7:10.74. Argentina won bronze in 7:18.85.

In women’s pair, the U.S. crew of Solveig Imsdahl and Liz Euiler placed fourth in 7:57.33 behind Chile’s winning time of 7:31.44. Canada (7:36.06) and Mexico (7:46.04) rounded out the top-three spots.

The men’s four of Jonathan Zagroba, Veton Celaj, Paul Verni and Thaddeus Babiec finished fifth place in 6:26.56. Argentina won the gold medal (6:07.02), followed by Cuba (6:09.53) and Brazil (6:10.67).

In other competition, the U.S. crew of Wes Vear and Nathan Lado earned a runner-up finish in the B final of men’s double sculls, recording a time of 6:37.81. 

Swimming (6 golds, 4 silvers, 1 bronze)
Team USA had an inspiring night in the pool, earning podium finishes in all eight individual finals of the evening while taking home 11 medals – including six golds. Despite a disqualification in the highly anticipated 400-meter medley relay, the U.S. continued to extend its lead with 30 swimming medals after the third day of competition.

Margo Geer helped kick things off for Team USA, winning the women’s 100 freestyle with a time of 54.17 seconds. Teammate Lila Neal finished just shy of the podium in fourth place (55.62). In the men’s race, Nathan Adrian (48.17) and Michael Chadwick (48.88) took silver and bronze behind Brazil’s Marcelo Chierighin (48.09).

Team USA then went 1-2 in both the men’s and women’s 200 backstroke events with Anne Lazor (2:21.40) and William Licon (2:07.62) each recording Pan American Games records to claim the individual titles ahead of Bethany Galat (2:21.84) and Nicolas Fink 2:08.16.

Americans Phoebe Bacon (59.47) and Daniel Carr (53.50) then swept gold medals in women’s and men’s 100 backstroke, while teammates Alexandra de Loof placed third (1:01.17) and Nicholas Alexander finished fourth (54.76).

In the last individual event final of the evening, Andrew Abruzzo (7:54.70) claimed the gold medal in men’s 800 freestyle, while Mariah Denigan (8:34.18 ) took silver in the women’s event. Nicholas Sweetser placed fourth in the men’s event with a time of 7:56.96, while Rebecca Mann touched the wall in 8:38.25 for fifth place. 

The Americans’ mixed 400 medley relay team of Bacon, Cody Miller, Tom Shields and Geer was disqualified in the finals.

Track and Field (6 silvers, 3 bronzes)
American athletes earned podium finishes in nine of 10 event finals on the third full day of track and field competition. Sean Donnelly started things off for Team USA by securing the bronze medal in men’s hammer throw with a toss of 74.23. Teammate Rudy Winkler placed eighth with a season-best mark of 71.84.

In other field action, Kathryn Nageotte took the silver medal in women’s pole vault, clearing 4.70 meters. Olivia Gruver finished just off the podium in a tie for fourth place at 4.55.
In a thrilling finish, John Gregorek claimed silver in the men’s 1,500-meter, crossing the line in 3:40.42 behind Mexico’s Carlos Villarea (3:39.93). William David Armand Paulson of Canada took the bronze medal with a time of 3:41.15.

The U.S. continued its silver-winning streak in hurdles with Chanel Brissett finishing second in the women’s 100 hurdles with a time of 12.99, and Amere Lattin (48.98) and Anna Cockrell (55.50) sweeping the silver medals in the men’s and women’s 400 hurdles events. Also advancing to the finals, Team USA’s Sharika Nelvis placed seventh in the women’s 100 hurdles with a time of 13.23, while Norman Grimes Jr. finished sixth in the men’s 400 hurdles in 49.65.  

Justin Robinson and Courtney Okolo combined for another American sweep of their own, this time of the bronze medals in the men’s and women’s 400 events. Robinson clocked in at 45.07 ahead of teammate and fourth-place finisher Wilbert London III (45.22), while Okolo crossed the line in 51.22 to secure the final podium spot. Jaide Stepter advanced to the women’s final but was disqualified.

Wrapping up the night on the track for Team USA was Annie Kunz, who recorded a two-lap time of 2:19.69 to secure the silver medal in women’s heptathlon with 5,990 total points. Cuba’s Adriana Rodriguez Fuentes won the gold medal with a total of 6,113, and Colombia’s Martha Valeria Araujo Sinisterra took the bronze with 5,925 points. Team USA’s Riley Schultz-Cooks totaled 5,516 points, good enough for seventh place.

In women’s high jump, Nicole Greene and Morgan Smalls placed eighth and 10th with marks of 1.79 and 1.74 meters.

Wrestling (2 golds, 1 silver)
Team USA opened women’s wrestling competition with medal—winning performances from all three competitors to take the mat on Thursday (Aug. 8). Sarah Hildebrandt dominated in the women’s 53 kg. final, defeating  Betzabeth Arguello of Venezuela, 10-0, by technical superiority to secure the gold medal. Competing at 50 kg., American Whitney Conder outlasted Cuba’s Yusneylis Guzman and won by decision, 10-2, to claim her second Pan American Games gold medal. In the women’s freestyle 57 kg. final, Jenna Burkert lost a gritty, close match, 2-1, to Ecuador’s Lissette Antes to claim silver.

Competing in final event of Greco-Roman competition, Team USA’s Adam Coon did not advance to the medal rounds of the 130 kg. division after conceded an 8-0 technical superiority decision in the quarterfinals to Chile’s Yasmani. 

Other Results:

Five-time Olympian and defending Pan American Games champion Khatuna Lorig advanced to the semifinals in women’s individual recurve, where she will face 15-year-old teammate Casey Kaufhold, who qualified in second. American Erin Mickelberry also advanced to the quarterfinals before losing a one-arrow shoot-off after a close match with Mexico’s Alejandra Valencia.

Representing Team USA in the Pan American Games debut of compound archery, Paige Pearce advanced to the semifinals, where she lost a hard fought match to world No. 1 Sara Lopez, 149-142. Up next, Pearce will compete for the bronze medal on Saturday (Aug. 10).

The recurve individual semifinals and all medal matches will be contested Sunday (Aug. 11) following the men’s matches on Friday (Aug. 9) and the compound finals on Saturday.

Led by 15 points from Beatrice Mompremier, all 12 U.S. players recorded points as the U.S. women earned a 75-63 win over Colombia to remain undefeated and improve to 3-0 in preliminary pool play. Team USA jumped to an early 24-13 lead in the first quarter and never looked back, securing the top seed in Group B. The U.S. will face the No. 2 seed from Group B in a semifinal contest, set for 9 p.m. CT Aug. 9. The bronze-and gold-medal games are scheduled for Aug. 10. 

Basque Pelota
The U.S. duo of Salvador Espinoza and Omar Espinoza earned a 2-0 victory over Argentina in men’s doubles frontenis preliminary action, while Americans Agusti Brugues and Jose Huarte lost to Cuba, 2-0, in men’s doubles Fronton leather ball.

Later in individual preliminary competition, Salvador Espinoza dropped a 2-0 (15-9, 15-3) decision to Argentina’s Guillermo Osorio in men’s Peruvian fronton action, while Team USA’s Rolando Tejeda also lost, 2-0 (15-8, 15-12), to Juan Blas Fernandez of Argentina.

Cycling – BMX
On the first day of BMX competition, Team USA’s Sophia Foresta qualified in ninth place in the women’s time trial with a time of 40.266. In the men’s qualifying round, Americans Cameron Wood and Cameron Bramer finished in 11th (34.600) and 19th place (36.814). 

Field Hockey
Despite holding No. 4 Argentina to its lowest goal total of the tournament, the U.S lost its semifinal match, 5-0. Team USA will face the loser of Canada and Chile for the bronze medal at 3 p.m. CT on Aug. 10. 

Team USA’s Brandon Wu secured an early lead in the men’s individual tournament after shooting a seven-under first-round score of 64. Paraguay’s Fabrizio also recorded an opening score of 64, while American Stewart Hagestad sits one stroke back in third place with a score of 65.

Following the opening round of women’s individual play, Emilia Migliaccio sits in a three-way tie for third place (70), two strokes off the leading mark from Canada’s Mary Parsons (68). U.S. teammate Rose Zhang stands in 12th place with a first-round score of 72.

Combined, the U.S. foursome lead the mixed team competition with Paraguay after both teams recorded opening-round totals of 134 (-8). Men’s, women’s and mixed team competition resume Friday (Aug. 9) with the medal rounds set for Sunday (Aug. 11). 

The U.S. men’s team of Jacob Bredenbeck and Rocky Carson defeated Costa Rica, 2-0, in its quarterfinal matchup to advance to Friday’s (Aug. 9) semifinal round against Bolivia. On the women’s side, Team USA defeated Colombia, 2-0, to advance to the medal rounds. Up next, the U.S. women’s team of Kelani Lawrence and Rhonda Rajsich will face Mexico at 2 p.m. CT on Friday. 

Team USA qualified boats for all 11 medal races following the final day of the opening series. Friday’s (Aug. 9) medal races include the men’s and women’s RS:X, laser, laser radial, 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 fleets. The formula kite, lighting, snipe, and sunfish fleets will compete on Saturday (Aug. 10).

U.S. 49er athletes Andrew Mollerus and Ian MacDiarmid are tied for second with Argentina heading into Friday’s (Aug. 9) medal round with only one point separating them from the Canadians, who sit in fourth. In another tight race, Charlie Buckingham is also positioned in second place in men’s Laser, sitting three points behind the leader and one point ahead of the third-place qualifier. Additionally, Riley Gibbs and Anna Weis are currently in the lead in the Nacra 17 class, while Charlotte Rose paces the laser radial fleet by one point. Ernesto Rodriguez and Hallie Schiffman have maintained their week-long lead of the Snipe fleet. Meanwhile, women’s 49erFX athletes Stephanie Roble and Maggie Shea, and men’s RS:X athlete Pedro Pascual have each secured medals in their respective classes and stand in silver-medal positions. Finally, Will Cyr is currently in third place and has also guaranteed a medal for Team USA.

The U.S. women earned a decisive 9-0 victory over host nation Peru to advance to Friday’s (Aug. 9) semifinal game against Canada at 2 p.m. CT. After a scoreless two innings, Team USA took a 3-0 lead in the third inning and never looked back. After posting one run in the fourth inning and picking up three additional in the fifth, the red, white and blue earned its fourth run-rule victory of the Games. Team USA enters the semifinals as the No. 1 seed.  

Table Tennis
Team USA opened group play with a pair of wins in both men’s and women’s competition. The U.S. women’s team of Amy Wang, Yue Wu and Lily Zhang earned two 3-0 victories over Guatemala and Argentina, while the U.S. men’s team of Kanak Jha, Nikhil Kumar and Nicholas Tio defeated Ecuador, 3-0, and Puerto Rico, 3-1. Group competition continues Friday (Aug. 8) with preliminary action and quarterfinal matches. 

Volleyball – Indoor
Led by 17 points from Sarah Wilhite, Team USA defeated Puerto Rico, 3-2 (25-19, 19-25, 21-25, 25-16, 15-9) in preliminary pool play. Up next, the  U.S. will conclude pool play against Brazil on Aug. 9.

Water Polo
The U.S. women defeated host Peru, 21-3, to advance to the semifinals, where it will face Cuba at 12:30 p.m. CT on Aug. 9. Stephania Haralabidis, Maggie Steffens and Alys Williams all scored three goals to pace the offense. Ashleigh Johnson recorded seven saves in the first half before giving way to Makenzie Fischer and Aria Fischer, who combined for seven saves in net

Also facing Peru in the quarterfinals, the U.S. men advanced with a 24-2 victory. Ben Hallock and Alex Bowen led the way with four goals each, while Alex Wolf recorded seven saves in net. Up next, Team USA will face Argentina at 7:30 p.m. CT Friday (Aug. 9) with a chance to advance to the gold-medal final and qualification on the line for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.