Americans Win Two Gold, Set Two Meet Records on Second Night of Pan Am Games
GUADALAJARA – The United States won six medals – two gold, three silver and a bronze – and set two meet records Sunday at the 16th Pan American Games swimming finals.
Winning gold and setting a meet record for Team USA was Rachael Bootsma (Eden Prairie, Minn.) in the women’s 100m backstroke. Bootsma’s time of 1:00.37 broke the former meet record of 1:01.57, set by American teammate Elizabeth Pelton (Ruxton, Md.) in Sunday morning’s prelims. Pelton also swam faster than her prelim time, taking silver in 1:01.12.
“I came into this meet expecting to do well,” Bootsma said. “I was really pleased with that race, and I don’t really think I can ask for anything more.
It was Pelton’s second medal of the meet after winning gold in the women’s 400m free relay on the first night of competition.
“I’m definitely excited about getting the silver,” Pelton said. “It’s not really about time at this point in the season. It’s more about getting your hand on the wall and trying to get yourself on the podium.”
Catherine Breed (Pleasanton, Calif.) and Chelsea Nauta (Tampa, Fla.) also finished 1-2 for the U.S. in the women’s 200m freestyle, touching in 2:00.08 and 2:00.62, respectively.
“This is definitely one of my biggest accomplishments so far in swimming,” Breed said. “I would have liked to have gone faster, but I’m not going to complain with that time. The pool felt good. The altitude probably hurt just a little bit, but the pool felt really good. I really like the energy of the crowd. It’s fun to swim with it.”
The Americans’ medal count now stands at 15 – six gold, five silver and four bronze.
Other swimmers medaling for the U.S. Sunday included William Copeland (Lexington Va.), Christopher Brady (Wilmington, Del.), Bobby Savulich (Edison, N.J.) and Scot Robison (Charlotte, N.C.) with a silver in the men’s 400m free relay (3:15.62), and Marcus Titus (Tucson, Ariz.) with a bronze in the men’s 100m breaststroke. Robison and Savulich finished fourth and seventh in the men’s 100m freestyle in 48.98 and 49.62.
The swimming competition of the 16th Pan American Games continues Monday with prelims and finals of the women’s 400m freestyle, the men’s 200m butterfly, women’s 100m breaststroke and the men’s 100m backstroke. Prelims of the men’s 1500m free will also be contested Monday, with finals in this event to be held Tuesday.
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