By Jim Rusnak//Director of Media Properties | Wednesday, August 7, 2019
The United States kicked off the first night of swimming Tuesday at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru by winning medals in seven of the eight events contested. American swimmers won eight medals overall – three gold, three silver and two bronze.
Andrew Abruzzo took the first gold of the night for the U.S., winning the men’s 400m free by more than a second over Fernando Muhlenberg of Brazil, 3:48.41 to 3:49.60. Abruzzo was just .12 seconds off the meet record of 3:48.29, set by Ryan Cochrane of Canada in 2015. Luiz Lopes of Brazil was third in 3:49.91, edging out Christopher Wieser of the U.S. for a spot on the medal stand. Wieser was fourth in 3:50.39.
Annie Lazor won gold in the next event, taking the women’s 100m breaststroke in 1:06.94. Lazor touched just 15-hundredths of a second ahead of Julia Sebastian of Argentina. Faith Knelson of Canada was third in 1:07.42.
Lia Neal, Claire Rasmus, Kendyl Stewart and Margo Geer won the final gold of the night for the Americans, taking the women’s 400m free relay in 3:39.59, almost a second ahead of Brazil (3:40.39) and a second and a half ahead of third-place Canada (3:41.01).
In other races, Cody Miller and Kevin Cordes grabbed silver and bronze for the U.S. in the men’s 100m breaststroke, in 59.57 and 1:00.27, respectively. Miller missed gold by just six-hundredths of a second, behind Junior Gomes of Brazil.
American Meghan Small finished third in the women’s 200m butterfly in 2:12.51. Martin Bardach of Argentina and Mary-Sophie Harvey of Canada were the top two finishers in 2:10.87 and 2:11.68. On the men’s side of the 200 fly, Samuel Pomejevich won silver for the U.S. in 1:57.35. Leonardo Gomes of Brazil was first 1:55.86, while David Gomez of Columbia was third in 1:57.75.
The United States capped the night with a silver in the men’s 400m free relay, the team of Michael Chadwick, Drew Kibler, Grant House and Nathan Adrian turning in a time of 3:14.94. Brazil was first in 3:12.61. Mexico was third in 3:17.70.