Saturday, Aug. 24

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

U.S. men’s judo athletes Ben Goodrich (+100kg), Ron Hawthorne (-60kg), and Ricky Ties (-90kg) are all headed home medalists, after an impressive first day of competition. Ties was Team USA’s first medalist at the Parapan American Games earning bronze. Goodrich took silver and Hawthorne secured a bronze medal. The rest of the U.S. athletes will have the chance to earn medals during tomorrow’s event. 

McKenna Dahl won Team USA’s first gold medal of the Parapan American Games. She took the top spot in the mixed 10-meter air rifle standing SH2 with a personal best score of 251.2. She was the only woman to finish on the podium in the mixed gender event. More.

Sitting Volleyball 
Both the U.S. men and women swept Peru in their first match of group play on Saturday. The men beat Peru 3-0 in the morning, followed by a close match against Brazil where the U.S. fell 3-1.  The U.S. women routed Peru in straight sets.

Soccer 7-a-side
The U.S. men shutout Colombia 5-0 in the first round of competition in Lima. Seth Jahn and Cameron Delillo scored two goals each, with Drew Bremer contributing a single. Goalkeeper Marc Estrella defended the U.S. net for 60 minutes without giving up a single point.

Table Tennis
Tahl Leibovitz became the first individual U.S. athlete to secure a qualification for the Paralympic Games in Tokyo as he won gold in the men’s singles class 9 final. With a 12-10 victory over Mexico’s Miguel Vazquez, Leibovitz remained undefeated in Lima. Team USA’s Jenson Van Emburgh, Ahad Sarand and Ian Seidenfeld each won silver in their respective classifications.

Track & Field
The U.S. athletes got off to a strong start in track and field with 12 medals, including a podium sweep in the women’s 400 T54 from Hannah Dederick, Jenna Fesmeyer and Elizabeth Floch. Hagan Landry won the first gold medal of the night in the men’s shot put F40/41. And Nelya Stary Schasfoort set a world record in the women’s long jump T47.

Wheelchair Basketball
The men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball teams opened competition in Lima with two dominant victories. The women’s team defeated Chile convincingly 92-10. Lindsey Zurbrugg and Rose Hollermann were on fire with 28 and 27 points each, respectively. The men’s team routed Puerto Rico 106-35, with Jake Williams leading all scorers with 23 points and 3 of 5 from three.

Wheelchair Rugby
The U.S. team had a double header in Lima with wins in both the morning and afternoon. In the afternoon, with a crowd full of local fans and Team USA teammates, the U.S. did not disappoint, coming away with a 55-35 victory over 9th ranked Brazil. That win came on the heels of a 48-7 victory over Argentina earlier in the day. Sunday features another double header including the highly anticipated first look at Canada. More.

Wheelchair Tennis
Team USA’s Emmy Kaiser and Chris Herman both won in their Lima’s debuts. Kaiser defeated Peru’s Carolina Moreno 2-0. And Herman topped Venezuela’s Guiellermo Delfino 2-0.