Sanocki Leads Team USA To 10 Medals In Parapan Am Swimming Finale

By Brianna Tammaro | Aug. 31, 2019, 10:45 p.m. (ET)

Carson Sanocki at the Parapan American Games Lima 2019.Carson Sanocki celebrates at the 2019 Parapan American Games on Aug. 31, 2019 in Lima, Peru.

 

LIMA, Peru – Carson Sanocki (Charlotte, North Carolina) led the charge for Team USA as U.S. athletes won 10 medals in the pool to close Parapan American competition in Lima, Peru. 


Top Highlights From The Pool
Golden Finale  –
Sanocki went out on top as the sole U.S. gold medalist of the evening. Sanocki won the men’s 200-meters individual medley SM13 and took home five medals (3 golds, 1 silver, 1 bronze) from the Parapan American Games. 

Most Decorated – Matt Torres (Ansonia, Connecticut) won his final two medals of the Parapan American Games to become the most decorated U.S. swimmer in Lima. Torres won bronze in the men’s 100m freestyle S8 and men’s 4x100m freestyle relay. He leaves Lima with two golds and four bronzes. 

First Medal – In her Parapan American debut, Samantha Tubbs (King George, Virginia) captured silver for her first medal of the Games in the women’s 100m breaststroke SB9. The 20-year-old began swimming competitively four years ago before the 2015 Parapan American Games and also competed in the women's 4x100m medley relay on Wednesday.


Team USA Results
10 medals (1 gold, 2 silvers, 7 bronzes)

Gold (1): Carson Sanocki (Charlotte, N.C.) – men’s 200m individual medley SM13

Silver (2): Samantha Tubbs (King George, Va.) – women’s 100m breaststroke SB9 (1:21.12); Women’s 4x100m freestyle relay – Hannah Aspden (Raleigh, N.C.), Elise Morley (Norton, Mass.), Natalie Sims (Edina, Minn.), Abby Gase (Bowling Green, Ohio) 

Bronze (7): Abby Gase (Bowling Green, Ohio) – women’s 200m individual medley SM7 ( 3:38.09); McClain Hermes (Dacula, Ga.) – women’s 100m breaststroke SB11 (1:48.33); Aspen Shelton (Southlake, Texas) – women’s 100m freestyle S12 (1:06.95); Summer Schmit (Grant, Minn.) – women’s 100m breaststroke SB9 (1:27.95); Zach Shattuck (Mt. Airy, Md.) – men’s 200m individual medley SM6 (SM5) (2:53.66); Matt Torres (Ansonia, Conn.) – men’s 100m freestyle S8 (1:03.91); Men’s 4x100m freestyle relay – David Gelfand (Weston, Conn.), Jamal Hill (Inglewood, Calif.), Matt Torres (Ansonia, Conn.), Liam Smith (Rockford, Mich.)

Full results can be found at TeamUSA.org/Parapan2019 and Lima 2019’s website


Team USA Swimming Recap
Team USA finished with 62 medals – 14 golds, 16 silvers and 32 bronzes – to close out swimming competition at the Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. Matthew Torres (Ansonia, Connecticut) was the most decorated male and U.S. swimmer with six medals (two golds, four bronzes) while Hannah Aspden (Raleigh, North Carolina) and Abby Gase (Bowling Green, Ohio) were the most decorated U.S. women with five each. Aspden had two golds, one silver and one bronze as Gase had one gold, one silver and three bronzes. The U.S. finished fourth in the gold medal count and third for overall medals for swimming.

Quotes
Matthew Torres
“It’s amazing. The first time on the podium I got a little emotional and almost started crying. It’s a great feeling being up there. This is what I’ve worked for and wanted for the last 11 years and I’m really glad I finally made it.”

Hannah Aspden
“It’s been a long meet but I think we’ve all had a really fun time. We’ve done really well keeping the team’s energy up and staying positive, making sure we support each other through the ups and downs of a long trip like this. Relays are always super fun. I had a great time with the other three girls. They’re great teammates and even better friends so it’s always a fun time when we get to race together.”

“I’m really proud of how Team USA did this week. We brought home a lot of medals and had a lot of great swims. I’m really proud of how united we’ve all been in the stands and in the team area. It’s just been so much fun this week.”

Samantha Tubbs
“I am absolutely so happy. This is all I’ve wanted since I started swimming in 2015 before the last Parapan Am Games. That was the first Games I tried for but didn’t make it then. I’ve been working and working and it’s good to see some payoff, especially getting this medal today. It’s great to see my progress in the last four years.”


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Coverage of the 2019 U.S. Parapan American Team can be found at TeamUSA.org/Parapan2019. Visit TeamUSA.org/USADaily to sign up to receive the USA Daily, a digital news blast that provides Team USA results and highlights each night via email during the Games. Livestream of the Parapan American Games Lima 2019 is also available on TeamUSA.org/Live.

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