By Jim Rusnak//Director of Media Properties | Friday, August 9, 2019
The United States won 11 more medals – six gold, four silver and one bronze -- Thursday at the swimming competition of the Pan American Games in Lima Peru.
Leading the way for the Americans on day 3 were the men’s and women’s 200m breaststrokers.
First Annie Lazor and Bethany Galat went 1-2 in the women’s 200m breast, turning in times of 2:21.40 and 2:21.84. Both swims obliterated the former Pan American Games record of 2:24.38, set by Kierra Smith of Canada in 2015.
Lazor was already the second-fastest swimmer in the world this year in this event in 2:20.77, and her performance tonight would have won silver at last month’s FINA World Championships. Galat’s time makes her the sixth-fastest swimmer in the world this year in the 200m breast, and her time would have won bronze at Worlds.
Will Licon and Nic Fink then won gold and silver in the men’s 200m breast in 2:07.62 and 2:08.16. Again, both times smashed the former Pan American Games record of 2:09.82, set by Thiago Simon in 2015. Licon’s time makes him the sixth-fastest swimmer in the world this year in the 200 breast, Fink the 12th-fastest.
Andrew Abruzzo won his second individual gold medal of the meet Thursday, taking the men’s 800m freestyle in 7:54.70. This meet marks the first time the men’s 800m freestyle has been contested at the Pan American Games, and Abruzzo’s performance therefore establishes a meet record.
The U.S. also dominated the women’s and men’s 100m backstroke. Phoebe Bacon took gold on the women’s side in 59.47. Daniel Carr took gold for the men in 53.50.
Margo Geer won her third gold medal of the meet in the women’s 100m free in 54.17. She also won gold in the women’s 400m free relay and the mixed 400m free relay on days 1 and 2 of the competition.
Other medalists for the U.S. Thursday included Nathan Adrian with a silver in the men’s 100m free (48.17); Michael Chadwick with a bronze in the men’s 100m free (48.88); and Mariah Denigan with a silver in the women’s 800m free (8:34.18).
The Americans’ mixed 400m free relay team of Bacon, Cody Miller, Tom Shields and Geer was disqualified in the finals.
After three days of competition, the U.S. medal tally stands at 30 – 15 gold, 10 silver and five bronze.