Team USA Wins Three Golds on Fifth Night of Pan Ams
GUADALAJARA – Team USA won seven medals – three gold and four silver – Wednesday at the swimming finals of the 16th Pan American Games.
After five days of competition, the Americans’ medal count stands at 33 – 15 gold, 14 silver and four bronze.
Amanda Kendall (Fairfax, Va.) and Erika Erndl (Naples, Fla.) kicked the night off for the U.S. with a 1-2 finish in the women’s 100m freestyle, touching in 54.75 and 55.04. It was the third gold medal of the meet for Kendall, who swam on the Americans’ victorious 400m and 800m free relays. Erndl also won gold as a member of the 400m free relay.
“We talked about going 1-2 before the race, and it actually came true,” Kendall said. “I’m beyond excited. I’m honored to get gold for the U.S. and to bring this home.”
Kim Vandenberg (Moraga, Calif.) and Lyndsay De Paul (Orange, Calif.) followed suit with a 1-2 finish in the women’s 200m butterfly. Vandenberg was first in 2:12.04, followed by DePaul in 2:14.17. Like Kendall and Erndl, the two talked about going 1-2 before their race.
“That’s pretty much the way Team USA works,” Vandenberg said. “Our goal is to get as many medals as we can and support each other like that.”
Conor Dwyer (Winetka, Ill.), Scot Robison (Charlotte, N.C.), Charlie Houchin (Raleigh, N.C.) and Matt Patton (Matthews, N.C.) capped the night for the Americans with a gold medal in the men’s 800m free relay.
“It’s great to win gold against a strong team like Brazil,” Robison said. “They’ve had a lot of great races this meet. There’s lots of mutual respect from both sides, and they’ve pushed us to swim faster all week. Tonight we came out on top, but tomorrow we’ll be back in the pool pushing each other.”
Other swimmers winning silver for the U.S. Wednesday were Dwyer in the men’s 200m IM (1:58.64) and Ashley Twichell (Fayetteville, N.C.) in the women’s 800m freestyle (8:38.38). Tyler Harris was eighth in the men’s 200m IM in 2:08.25.
The meet continues Thursday with prelims and finals of the men’s 50m free, the women’s 200m breaststroke, the men’s 100m butterfly and the women’s 200m backstroke.
For more information about the meet, including results, go to www.usaswimming.org.
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