Women Win Gold in Pan Am Relay

July 29, 2019, 12 a.m. (ET)

Lima, Peru – The team of Samantha Achterberg, Littleton, CO and Jessica Davis, Bethlehem, CT won the gold medal in the pentathlon women’s relay at the 2019 Pan American Games being held at the Chorrillas Military School in Lima, Peru.

Specialist Samantha Achterberg of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program (WCAP) won the silver medal and qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games yesterday in the women’s individual event. Jessica Davis is still in the hunt along with 2016 Olympian Isabella Isaksen, Colorado Springs, CO to qualify for the next Olympic Games.

In today’s competition, Jessica was on fire on the fencing piste with 17 wins and 3 defeats. The closest competitor was 4 victories shy of her. The team had 27 wins and 13 defeats and was in first place after the fencing ranking round.

In swimming, the second event, Samantha and Jessica swam a combined 2:11.68 which was the third fastest time and earned them 287 pentathlon points.

In the riding event, Jess’s horse slipped a little on the course, but she kept composure and had a very good ride. Samantha showed her strong equine ability as she guided the horse seemingly effortlessly around the course cutting the distance to the final jump to gain valuable time. They scored fourth best in the riding winning 227 points.

In the laser run final event both pentathletes had great shooting and running. They pulled further away from the field and gently finished the course 21 seconds faster than the second fastest team. Samantha and Jessica earned 591 points in the laser run giving them 1,350 points for the day.