Monday, July 29The U.S. men's and women's 3x3 teams celebrate winning as the players bite their gold medals.

In an eventful day for Team USA, several athletes became medalists across various sports, including 3x3 basketball, water skiing, gymnastics and taekwondo.

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

Podium Finishes:

Basketball – 3x3 (2 golds)
In the sport’s Pan American Games debut, Team USA won both the men’s and women’s 3x3 basketball tournaments to win double-gold.

The women’s team of Ruthy Hebard, Sabrina Ionescu, Olivia Nelson-Ododa and Christyn Williams earned the gold medal in 3x3 basketball with a 21-17 win against Argentina. Despite a close start to the game, the U.S. grew its lead by five points with 1:00 left and scored the winning 21st point with eight seconds left. Earlier in the day, the team earned a decisive victory in the semifinals, besting Brazil 21-5 to advance to the finals. The U.S. scored the first five points of the game and never trailed, reaching the required 21 points with 3:09 left in the 10-minute game.

The men’s team of Sheldon Jeter, Dominique Jones, Kareem Maddox and Jon Octeus continued Team USA’s successful day on the court, earning the men’s 3x3 gold medal with a 21-19 win against Puerto Rico. Tied 19-19 with 1:28 left in the ten minutes of regulation, Jonathan Octeus scored the final two points of the game to clinch the victory. Earlier in the day, Octeus earned eight points against Brazil to lead Team USA to a 21-12 win in the semifinals.

Equestrian (1 silver)
The U.S. earned a silver medal in the dressage team event, finishing with a score of 437.791 percent. The team of Nora Batchelder piloting Faro SQF, Jennifer Baumert aboard Handsome, and Sarah Lockman paired with First Apple, competed in the Intermediate I/Grand Prix Special to secure their podium position after a strong performance the day before in the Prix. St. Georges. Canada won gold with a score of 440.111 percent, and Brazil claimed bronze with 408.696 percent. 

Gymnastics (1 silver)
Artistic gymnast Riley McCusker clinched the silver medal in the women’s individual all-around final. McCusker earned 55.125 total points, including a meet-best 14.200 points on the beam. Teammate Kara Eaker also competed in the event, finishing fourth with 53.750 points.

In the men’s individual all-around for artistic gymnastics, Team USA’s Brody Malone finished fifth with 80.450 points and tied the meet-best floor score with 14.050. Teammate Robert Neff placed seventh with 79.700 points.

Modern Pentathlon (1 gold, 1 silver)
The U.S. women’s team of Samantha Achterberg and Jessica Davis won gold in the relay event, helped by strong swims and quick laser-runs. The team earned 591 points, 21 points ahead of second-place Mexico. Cuba, with 560 points, finished third.

On the men's side, Brendan Anderson and Amro ElGeziry earned 1476 points to earned the silver medal in the relay. Buoyed by strong swimming and riding events, where the team ranked second, Anderson and ElGeziry were able to clinch a spot on the podium with a fourth-place laser-run. Mexico earned first with 1485 points and Argentina rounded out the podium in third with 1468 points.

Shooting (1 gold, 2 silvers)
Ashley Carroll
earned the gold medal and Rachel Tozier earned silver in the women’s trap final, maintain their qualification rankings to take the top two spots on the podium. Carroll earned a score of 40 points – a Pan American record – while Tozier finished three points behind with a score of 27, besting the third-place finisher by 11 points. Earlier in the day, Carroll earned a Pan American qualification record by earning a score of 120 over the five rounds of qualification, while Tozier finished just behind with 118 points.

Fellow Team USA athletes Miglena Todorova and Nick Mowrere advanced from the morning’s qualification round to earn the silver medal in the final of the mixed 10-meter air pistol team event. The duo advanced through to the final round of the elimination stage and earned a total of 471.3 points, just below Cuba’s 475. The U.S. duo of Jay Shi and Nathalia Tobar also advanced from the qualification round to the finals, where they finished just off the podium in fourth place.

Taekwondo (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
Team USA’s Paige McPherson earned silver in the women’s under 67 kg. division, narrowly missing the top spot after an 8-9 loss in the final to Brazil’s Milena Titoneli. Earlier in the day, McPherson bested Argentina’s Alexis Arnoldt in the quarterfinals earning a total of 25 points to Arnoldt’s seven to win by final score. In the semifinals, McPherson defeated Canada’s Ashley Kraayevald, 11-9, to win by final score and advance to the final.

Jonathan Healy earned the top spot on the podium in the men’s over 80 kg. event, claiming the gold medal with a 13-6 win over Cuba’s Rafeal Alba. Earlier in the day, Healy defeated Colombia’s Yorman Montalvo, 11-7, in the round of eight. In the quarterfinals, Healy continued his success by besting Argentina’s Martin Sio, 18-12. The American once again earned the victory in the semifinals, defeating Brazil’s Maicon De Andrade, 9-4, to advance to the final.

Madelynn Gorman-Shore earned the bronze medal in the over 67 kg. category, defeating Cuba’s Yamitsi Carbonell to gain the podium finish. Earlier in the day, Gorman-Shore fell to Colombia’s Mosquera in the quarterfinals but made a comeback with a 15-6 win in her repechage round to earn a spot in the medal bout.

In the men’s under 80 kg. quarterfinals, Team USA’s Thomas Rahimi fell to Cuba’s Jose Cobas, 3-11, and did not advance.

Water Ski and Wakeboard (3 golds, 2 silvers, 1 bronze)
Water skier Regina Jaquess began the day by earning the gold medal in the women’s slalom, besting Canadian sisters Whiney McClintock Rini and Paige Rini for the top spot on the podium. Fellow American Erika Lang also competed in the final, placing sixth.

The two athletes competed again in the afternoon’s women’s tricks final, with Lang earning 9720 points to clinch the silver medal behind Peru’s Natlia Cuglievan. The American bested the third-place finisher, Paige Rini, by 900 points. Jaquess earned fifth place, with Canadian Whitney McClinktock Rini finishing fourth.

Jaquess went on to reach the top spot on the podium a second time in the day, earning gold in the women’s jump event. Jaquess earned 171 points in her second round to clinch the medal, 13 points ahead of the second-place finisher.

On the men’s side, fellow American Adam Pickos claimed the bronze medal in the men’s tricks final. Pickos earned 10,140 points to finish third behind Mexico’s Patricio Font Nelson and Canada’s Dorien Llewellyn.

Taylor Garcia continued Team USA’s success on the water, earning the gold medal in the men’s jump event. The water skier edged out Chile’s Felipe Miranda by a single point, earning 214 points to clinch the top spot on the podium. Rounding out the top-three finishers was Canada’s Dorien Llewellyn, who tied for fifth with Garcia in the slalom event earlier in the day.

Mary Morgan Howell wrapped up the team’s six-medal haul for the day. Howell claimed silver in the women’s wakeboard competition, earning 79.78 points to clinch the second-place finish just behind Argentina’s Eugenia De Armas, who earned 82.67 points. Howell bested the third-place finisher, Mariana Nep Riberio Osmak, by over 17 points.

In the men’s slalom finals, water skier Taylor Garcia tied Canadian Dorien Llewellyn for fifth place.

Weightlifting (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
Weightlifter Mattie Sasser claimed the silver medal in the women’s 64 kg. division. Sasser lifted 102 kg. in the snatch and tied the Pan American record in the clean & jerk with 130 kg., lifting a total of 232 kg. for second place.

Fellow Team USA athlete Katherine Nye earned the bronze medal in the women’s 76 kg. division. Nye snatched 108 kg. and lifted 135 kg. in the clean & jerk for a total of 243 kg., edging out Colombia’s Leidy Solis by just just three kilograms to claim the podium finish.

In the 109 kg. division, Team USA’s Wes Kitts edged out the competition to earn weightlifting gold. Kitts snatched 172 kg. and lifted 217 kg. in the clean & jerk for a total of 389 kg. Venezuelan Jesus Gonzalez lifted a total of 388 kg. for second place, with Ecuador’s Jorge Arroyo lifting 385 kg. to claim the final podium spot.

In the men’s 96 kg. division, Nathan Damron lifted 160 kg. in the snatch and 195 in the clean & jerk for a total of 355 kg. to finish eighth.


Other results:

In the men’s round of 32, Timothy Lam bested Venezuela’s Frank Barrios in two games, 21-10 and 21-9, to advance to the round of 16. Fellow American Howard Shu also competed in the round of 32, facing Canada’s Brian Yang. After winning the first game, 21-18, Shu dropped his second and third games to Yang and did not advance.

On the women’s side, Iris Wang bested El Salvador’s Fatima Centeno in two games, 21-8 and 21-8, to advance to the round of 16.

In the mixed doubles event, the U.S. team of Ryan Chew and Kuei-Ya Chen won against Peru in two games, 21-17 and 21-17, to advance from the round 32.

In the second block of the women’s single qualifying event, Team USA’s Shannon O’Keefe improved upon her sixth-place position from the first block, jumping up one spot to finish fifth after 12 games. The result qualifies her for the round robin competition on July 30. Fellow American Stefanie Johnson finished 18th and will not advance.

With strong results in the second block of the men’s single qualifying event, Americans Jakob Butturff and Nick Pate both advanced to the round robin competition on July 30. Butturff finished first among the field, bowling an average of 249.3 per game for a total of 2991 pinfalls over the course of the 12 qualifying games. Pate ranked sixth, with 229.9 points per game for a total of 2759 pinfalls.

Team USA’s Keyshawn Davis was scheduled to compete in the quarterfinals for the men’s light welter (64 kg.) division. He advanced via a walkover and will compete in the semifinals on July 30.

In the women’s light (57-60 kg.) division, teammate Rashida Ellis won on points in the quarterfinals. With the victory, Ellis advanced to the semifinals where she will face Brazil’s Beatriz Soares Ferreira on July 30.

In men’s bantam (56 kg.), fellow American Duke Ragan won on points in the quarterfinals, besting Peru’s Jorvi Farronan Cruzado in all three rounds. Ragan clinched the victory to advance to the semifinals, where he will face Argentina’s Lucas Fernandez Garcia on July 30.

In the men’s middle (75 kg.) quarterfinals, Team USA’s Troy Isley defeated Colombia’s Jorge Vivas Palacio. Isley dropped the first round before narrowly winning the second. Building momentum, the American was able to win a decisive third round to earn the overall win on points. With the victory, Isley advanced to the semifinals, where he will face Hebert Carvalho Da Conceic on July 30.

The U.S. duo of Samantha Barlow and Kaitlyn McElroy finished second in the first heat of the women’s K2 500-meter event. The strong result, just 1.535 seconds behind Canada, allows them to advance past the semifinals, automatically earning a place in the finals on July 30.

Team USA’s Jesse Lishchuk finished sixth in the men’s K1 1000-meter final with a time of 3:45.645.

Fellow American Ian Ross competed in the men’s C1 1000-meter final in the afternoon, placing seventh with a time of 4:16.371.

In the men’s K2 1000-meter final, the duo of Owen Farley-Klacik and Alex Lee finished just off the podium in fourth place. The American men dropped 6.768 seconds off their semifinal result to cross the finish line in 3:20.851.

In the women’s K1 500-meter final, Team USA’s Elena Wolgamot also earned fourth place, shaving 1.376 seconds off her qualifying time to cross the finish line in 1:58.409.

Field Hockey
The U.S. women defeated Mexico, 5-0 in the team’s first game of preliminary pool play. Five different players scored in the victory, with Danielle Grega earning the U.S.’s first goal in the second period. The team will continue its preliminary play against Chile on July 31.

After the first day of men’s trap qualification, Americans Brian Burrows and Derek Haldeman sit fourth and fifth with 48 points each after two rounds. The two athletes will compete again on July 30, shooting three more rounds on the second day of qualification. With the top six athletes advancing, Burrows and Haldeman both currently sit in qualifying position.

The U.S. men bounced back from their loss against Argentina with a decisive victory against Peru, trouncing the host nation 20-0. The game was ended after the third inning due to softball’s mercy rule. Now with a 2-1 record in pool play, the team will face Mexico in its final game of the preliminary round on July 30.

The women’s team of Olivia Blatchford Clyne, Amanda Sobhy and Sabrina Sobhy faced Mexico in its second match of qualification pool play. Continuing yesterday’s trend, each American completed her match in just three games. The team continued this pattern in its third match of pool play, facing Chile. Once again, the U.S. women did not concede a single match. The U.S. women team’s record for tournament matches now sits at 18-0 going into the elimination rounds.

In the men’s team competition, the U.S. pair of Andrew Douglas, Chris Hanson and Todd Harrity defeated Chile, 3-0, in its second day of preliminary play. The result brings Team USA to a 2-0 record in the men’s team event to continue the success of American squash athletes for the day.

In men’s open surfing, Team USA’s Kevin Schulz fell to Canada’s Cody Young in the first heat of the first main round. Schulz will compete again in the repechage round on July 30.

On the women’s side, American Tiare Thompson was defeated by Peru’s Daniella Rosas in heat eight of the first main round. Thompson will compete again in the repchage round on July 30.

In longboard, Cole Robbins bested Costa Rica’s Anthony Flores and Puerto Rico’s Roberto Ferrer in heat two of the men’s first main round. Robbins earned the top score on both of his waves, earning 11.93 points total to win the heat. In the women’s first main round, Thompson finished just 11.17 points behind Brazil’s Chloe Calmon in the first heat. She will compete again in the second main round on July 31.

Synchronized Swimming
In the duet competition, Anita Alvarez and Ruby Remati earned a point total of 84.7365 with their technical routine. The pair sit in third place, 4.5978 points behind leader Canada and just 1.5963 points behind second-place Mexico. They will compete for a medal in the free routine finals, which take place July 31.

In the team competition, the U.S. earned a point total of 84.1447 with its technical routine. The result earns Team USA the third-place ranking going into the free routine finals, once again behind Canada (88.9398) and Mexico (86.2910). The team will compete for a medal on July 31.

Team Handball
Despite a strong five-goal effort by Jence Rhoads, Team USA fell to Brazil in the semifinals, 34-9. The team will play in the bronze-medal match against Cuba on July 30.

American tennis athletes had strong performances on the sport’s opening day, with all three teams advancing. In the first round of men’s doubles, the duo of Kevin King and Michael Redlicki bested El Salvador in two straight sets, 6-1 and 6-1. In the first round of men’s singles, Sam Riffice defeated Uruguay’s Francisco Llanes in three sets, 6-1, 4-6 and 7-5. Caroline Dolehide also earned a victory in three sets, 6-4, 2-6 and 6-4, to win against Paraguay’s Montserrat Gonzalez in the first round. Matches continue on July 30.

The U.S. team of Sophie Chase, Avery Evenson, Austin Hindman and William Huffman finished just off the podium in the mixed relay, placing fourth with a time of 1:21:10. Brazil earned the top spot in 1:20.43, followed by Canada (1:20.51) and Mexico (1:20.57).

Volleyball – Beach
The men’s pair of Mark Burik and Ian Satterfield played a long three sets of volleyball against Guatemala, with the second set reaching the 37-point mark. Though Team USA won the first set, 24-22, the duo ultimately fell to Guatemala, dropping the second two sets, 35-37 and 11-15. The result earned Burik and Satterfield 10th place in the tournament.

Fellow Americans Karissa Cook and Jace Pardon defeated Brazil in two sets, 24-22 and 21-16. With this result, the duo advanced to the gold medal match, where they will face Argentina on July 30.