Team USA Wraps up Competition in Pool with Two Gold, Three Meet Records
GUADALAJARA – Team USA won five medals – two gold, one silver and two bronze – and set three meet records Friday at the swimming finals of the 16th Pan American Games.
The Americans’ performance on the seventh and final day of competition in the pool brought their total medal count to 44 – 18 gold, 18 silver and eight bronze.
The top performances for the U.S. Friday came in the women’s 400m medley relay. First, Elizabeth Pelton (Ruxton, Md.), Ashley Wanland (Long Grove, Ill.), Elaine Breeden (Lexington, Ky.) and Erika Erndl (Naples, Fla.) broke the Pan Am Games record in the prelims of this event with a time of 4:04.52.
Then the team of Rachel Bootsma (Eden Prairie, Minn.), Annie Chandler (San Antonio, Texas), Clair Donahue (Lenoir City, Tenn.) and Amanda Kendall (Fairfax, Va.) shattered that record in the finals in 4:01.00.
“We had a challenge set before us by our team this morning that set the meet record,” Chandler said. “Our goal tonight was to break that – just smash it. It’s just great to end the meet on a high note.”
Each of the women on that relay also won gold in the 100-meter distances of their respective strokes – backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle. The American women made a clean sweep of the relays in Guadalajara, winning all three.
Lara Jackson (El Paso, Texas) also won gold for the U.S. Friday, taking the women’s 50m freestyle with a meet-record time of 25.09. Teammate Madison Kennedy (Avon, Conn.) finished third in 25.24.
“I don’t like to fixate on my time before I race,” Jackson said. “I just focus on nailing all the details. If I focus on all the details, the times will come. I couldn’t be happier with things coming out the way they did.”
The American women won gold in all but two events over the course of the meet.
On the men’s side, Eugene Godsoe (Greensboro, N.C.), Marcus Titus (Tucson, Ariz.), Christopher Brady (Wilmongton, Del.) and Scot Robison (Charlotte, N.C.) won silver in the men’s 400m medley relay in 3:37.17.
“I think we were all disappointed we got silver and not gold, but we all swam well,” Brady said. “I’m happy we got to swim with each other. It was a good team, and I’m proud to be a member of this relay.”
Ryan Murphy (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) won bronze in the men’s 200m backstroke in 1:58.50, while teammate Rex Tullius (Port Orange, Fla.) finished fourth in 1:59.23.
“It’s cool to be here in this atmosphere,” Murphy said. “This meet is not about times, but racing and doing what you can to represent your country.”
The swimming competition wraps up Saturday in Puerto Vallarta with the men’s and women’s 10K Open Water race. For more information about the meet, including complete results, go to www.usaswimming.org.
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