The Lima 2019 Parapan American Games Daily Recap 8-29-19

The appetite for gold today was all wet for Team USA. The United States obtained meals in four of five events in the early session of swimming competition. Those medalists are: Haven Shepard in the Women’s Individual 200m Medley SM8 earning silver, Matthew Torres in the Men’s Individual 200m Medley SM8 earning bronze,  David Gelfland in the Men’s Individual 200m Medley SM9 earning bronze, and Abigail Gase in the Women’s 50m Butterfly S7 earning bronze. That bronze is Gase’s third medal of the games.

The evening competition started with the Men’s 400m Freestyle S13 (S12) Final and taking silver for the United States was Carson Sanoki. 

The Women’s 200m Individual Medley SM9 Final was composed quite nicely of U.S. athletes, with two of them taking home medals including Summer Schmit who earned silver and her teammate, Natalie Sims who took bronze.

Summer Schmit holds her Milco mascot doll and proudly wears the silver medal during the medals ceremony for the 200m Individual Medley SM9. 

After the race, Sims had this to say about how she performed in the water:

“I’m a loss for words right now, awesome swim. I trained hard for it. I haven’t been training a lot but it paid off. I was at the [U.S. Olympic Training Center] this summer so the training really paid off. But it was good to have Summer and [Madilyn White] to push me and they are great teammates. Overall it was an awesome swim.”

The United States Men swam like butterflies and stung their opposition like bees, earning bronze medals in the 100m Butterfly S10 and 50m Butterfly S7. The two medalists were Tye Dutcher in the 100m and Liam Smith in the 50m.

Miles Krajewski is fourteen years of age, but he is a bad man of badminton. He was the only United States player to win their match today. He defeated Chile’s Brayan Abarca 2-0 in straight sets. 

In Women’s Wheelchair Basketball, the United States made Argentina cry.  An impressive victory earns them a trip to the finals of the tournament, tomorrow, August 30 at 6:45pm (central time). They will face off against Team Canada. However, the biggest news for the United States, is that with the win, Team USA will be heading for the land of the rising sun, as they have an auto invite for Tokyo 2020.  Kelsey Zorbrugg led all scorers in the match with 16, but not far behind was Rebecca Murray with 14 points, 8 assists and 8 rebounds. After the match Murray said of Team USA’s play,

Team USA’s Kelsey Zorbrugg on her way to scoring 24 points and helping Team USA clinch a spot at Tokyo 2020 by beating Argentina. (PHOTO CREDIT: Michael A. Clubine)


“We knew coming into this game that Argentina was going to give it all because of the Tokyo spot on the line, so we knew we had to come out here and give it all we got”

Today was the first day of Boccia competition. The United States’ lone representative playing today, Charles Fleisch won his match 5-1 over Johnathan Gonzalez of Chile.

For a very short time today, the term, “savage beating” was defined as: “what the United States did on Peru’s home field to the host nation”. Peru lost 10-0. Then later, the term was re-re-defined. Venezuela lost to Brazil 15-0. Also, in just a regular good old fashioned slaughter, Argentina blanked Columbia 7-0. The United States will play Venezuela for bronze on Saturday, August 31 at 9:30am (central time).

Sorry Canada, Team USA’s Wheelchair Tennis star Bryan Barten was here to cause you a racquet. He won the Bronze medal over his Canadian opponent, Mitchell McIntyre 6-3, 6-1 in straight sets. 

In goalball, the United States beat Team Canada sending our neighbors to the North packing in the semi-final match. The U.S. men will play for gold on Saturday, August 31at 5:45 pm (Central Time) vs. Brazil. The women also got into the winning spirit, also besting Canada in round robin play 4-3. Team USA women next play tomorrow in a semi-final at 3:00pm (CENTRAL TIME) vs. Mexico.

The Medal Count Through Thursday, August 29, 2019:

  1. Brazil (222)
  2. United States of America (148)
  3. Mexico (119)
  4. Columbia (91)
  5. Argentina (88)


And now, the photo of the day:

Team USA swimmer Tye Dutcher races in the 100m Butterfly S10 Final, where he placed bronze. August 29, 2019 (PHOTO CREDIT: Michael A. Clubine)

That’s all for now! See you tomorrow!


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