The Lima 2019 Parapan American Games Daily Recap 8-28-19

LIMA, PERU — The United States Gold reserves at Fort Knox might need a bigger home thanks to the hard work put in from Team USA. Team USA added nine gold medals to their collection in addition to 20 silver and bronzes. Below are the complete results:

Abigail Gase got things going for Team USA in the early portion of swimming Wednesday  morning, as if she was a sprinter dashing the length of the pool to bring home bronze for Team USA in the Women’s 50m Freestyle F7 Finals.

In other Para Swimming news, to bump up the United States medal total, just add water. The stars and stripes took home the gold (Hannah Aspden), silver (Madelyn White), and bronze (Alyssia Crook) in Women’s 400m Freestyle S9. Other medals that Team USA took home tonight were: Matthew Torres (Gold, Men’s 400m Freestyle S9 (S8)), Jamal Hill (Silver, Men’s 50m Freestyle S10), Tye Dutcher (Bronze, Men’s 50m Freestyle S10), Liam Smith (Bronze, Men’s 50m Freestyle S17), and Leslie Cicihocki (Silver, Women’s 100m Butterfly S14).

Team USA swimming won the pool, literally – reeling in gold for the Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay 34pts. 

If you were a U.S. Para athlete with an event today, there’s a good chance your favorite music was “heavy medal”, because the medals were coming in heavy, and often. This was especially true in the men’s 100m T64 final, where the United States swept all medals with Kevan Hueftle winning gold, Jerome Singleton Jr winning silver and Nicholas Rogers coming in bronze. The U.S. also won the grand-daddy of them all, the Universal 4x100m Relay race, beating Brazil and Columbia who took silver and bronze honors in that order. 

Other medalists in Para Athletics for Team USA include:

Noah Malone achieved silver in the 100m T12. Sebastiana Lopez Arellano obtained a Javelin Throw F54 silver. Beatriz Hatz will be bringing home a silver medal and her team mate Catherine Carey took bronze in the women’s 100m T64 race. In Women’s Long Jump T36/37/38 finals, the United States took the gold and bronze. Coming in first was Jaleen Roberts and Caterina Guimaeres took third. Over at Women’s Discus Throw F64 finals, Jessica Heims took first place honors while teammate Sydney Barta placed third, earning a bronze.

Bronze medalist David Brown running the Men’s 100m T11 Final on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 (PHOTO CREDIT: Michael A. Clubine)

Kelsey Le Fevour placed silver in the Women’s 100m T53, and in the Women’s 100m T54 Hannah Dederick took home a gold medal. Also getting the gold and going to great lengths in the Men’s 1500m T52 final was Isaiah Rigo. Last but not least, David Brown won bronze in the Men’s 100m T11, an event that he has a world record that was set in London 2012.

The United States of America put in a hard day’s work vs. Brazil. 

Unfortunately for the men, Brazil owns a few phone books and had the United States’ number, beating them in three sets: 25-19, 25-22, and 25-12.

However, like the expression says, “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”.  The Women’s Team USA Sitting Volleyball got payback for the men’s loss and swept Brazil in three sets to win gold. Heather Erickson of the United States led all scorers with a monster game owning Brazil with 17 points. She was named Lima 2019 Women’s Sitting Volleyball Tournament MVP.

#14 John Kremer volleys for the ball in the Gold Medal Match vs. Brazil. The United States would silver in the event. August 28, 2019 (PHOTO CREDIT: Shannon Galea)

The United States Wheelchair Tennis team in Miraflores was full of aces this week, but today, two of the finest Team USA para-tennis players were playing for tres. In the bronze medal match it was all stars vs. stripes, as Dana Mathewson went up against Emmy Kaiser. And it was a huge come-from-behind victory for Mathewson. She won the first set, but then fell behind five games to love in the second, only to roar back winning 6-1, 7-5. After the match, Mathewson praised her teammate Kaiser saying,

“It feels awesome, though, I had to play my teammate, which is never fun. There is a personal element involved because you are friends. She’s a really tough opponent. She’s someone on the tennis tour that I don’t like to play because she’s really unpredictable. She can hit the ball of that most people can’t. When playing her is very difficult to get into a rhythm. I was down zero to five in that second set, so to come back the way I did, I am also really proud of myself.”

Lima 2019 Parapan American Games Bronze Medalist Dana Mathewson serves in her third place match on Wednesday, August 28, 2019. (PHOTO CREDIT: Michael A. Clubine)

On the men’s side, it just wasn’t Casey Ratzlaff’s day as a singles player. He fell in straight sets to the number one player in the world, #1 Gustavo E. Fenandez (6-0, 6-1) in a semi-final match-up. The bright spot for Ratzlaff is that he will play for bronze Friday, August 30, at 11:00 AM Central Time.

It was a very tight match for Team USA’s Futbol 7-a-Side such that we almost needed to loosen our belt a few notches so that we could take it all in. The United States narrowly passed by Brazil Wednesday, with a final score of 3-2  The United States goals were from Nicholas Mayhugh, Benjamin Lindau and lead scorer Cameron DeLillo. 

Team USA played Mexico and the results were “muy feo” in Men’s Wheelchair Basketball play. Final score: 81-42. Captain Steve Serio put up a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Their semifinal match is scheduled for Friday, August 30th at 12:45 pm (Central Time).

It was begging for mercy all over the place in goalball from both Team USA squads. First, the men played Argentina to a 12-2 win, while the women blanked Costa Rica 10-0. 

Medal Count after August 28, 2019:

  1. Brazil (194)
  2. United States of America (137)
  3. Mexico (108)
  4. Columbia (81)
  5. Argentina (82)

Here’s our picture of the day:.

(From Left to Right:) Noah Malone , Erik Hightower,  Deja Young ,Jaleen Roberts all celebrate their win for Team USA in Para Athletic’s Universal 4x100m Relay. August 28, 2019 (PHOTO CREDIT: Michael A. Clubine)

This concludes the daily recap, see you tomorrow!

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