By Jim Rusnak//Director of Media Properties | Thursday, August 8, 2019
The United States finished the second night of swimming at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru with 11 medals – six gold three silver and two bronze.
The Americans medaled in each of the seven events contested Wednesday, taking gold in all but one of them.
Claire Rasmus and Meaghan Raab got the ball rolling for the U.S., going 1-2 in the women’s 200m freestyle in 1:58.64 and 1:58.70, respectively. They beat out third-place finisher Larissa Oliveira by more than a second. Oliveira finished in 1:59.78.
The women’s 200m free was one of three 1-2 finishes for the Americans on day 2. Alexandra Walsh and Isabelle Stadden took gold and silver in the women’s 200m backstroke, touching just nine-hundredths of a second apart in 2:08.30 and 2:08.39. Daniel Carr and Nicholas Alexander also went 1-2 in the men’s 200m backstroke in 1:58.13 and 1:58.30.
Both Americans medaled in the finals of the women’s 100m butterfly, with Kendyl Stewart taking gold in 58.49 and Sarah Gibson taking bronze in 59.11. Tom Shields took gold in the men’s 100m fly in 51.59, just four-hundredths ahead of Luis Mendez of Guatemala. Mendez set the meet record in the prelims of this event in 51.44.
The U.S. finished the night off with gold in the mixed 400m freestyle relay, the team of Michael Chadwick, Nathan Adrian, Rasmus and Margo Geer establishing a meet record of 3:24.84. Brazil was second in 3:25.87, while Mexico was third in 3:31.36.
In other races, Drew Kibler won bronze in the men’s 200m free in 1:47.71.
The Americans’ two-day medal total stands at 19 – nine gold, six silver and four bronze.