GUADALAJARA, Mexico, October 19. WITH just three more days left in the pool at the Pan American Games, the U.S. women had a strong night with five medals include a pair of top-two sweeps.
Team USA finished the evening with 32 medals in the pool, including 14 golds, 14 silvers and four bronzes. Brazil stood second with 17 medals (7 gold, 5 silver, 5 bronze), while Cayman Islands, thanks to the Fraser brothers, is third with three medals, one of each color.
Women's 100 free
The U.S. cruised to a top-two sweep in the event. Amanda Kendall captured the gold medal with a 54.75, just half-a-second back of Amanda Weir's Games record of 54.46 from 2003. Teammate Erika Erndl raced to silver in 55.04. Venezuela's Arlene Semeco picked up bronze in a time of 55.43.
Puerto Rico's Vanessa Garcia (55.55), Canada's Jennifer Beckberger (55.68), Mexico's Liliana Ibanez (55.74), Brazil's Tatiana Barbosa (56.36) and Argentina's Nadia Colovini (56.53) turned in fourth through eighth-place finishes in the event.
Men's 200 IM
Brazil's Thiago Pereira, who ranks third in the world this year with a 1:57.35 from Brazil in May, clocked a 1:58.07 to capture the gold medal in the event. USA's Conor Dwyer placed a close second in 1:58.64 to move to ninth in the world rankings, while Brazil's Henrique Rodrigues took third in 2:03.41.
Mexico's Ezequiel Trujillo (2:04.36), Canada's Liam Dias (2:05.06), Ecuador's Esteban Enderica (2:05.10), Mexico's Miguel Robles (2:06.89) and USA's William Harris (2:08.25) rounded out the championship heat.
Women's 800 free
Chile's Kristel Kobrich dominated the distance freestyle event with an 8:34.71, while USA's Ashley Twichell took second in 8:38.38. Venezuela's Andreina Pinto rounded out the podium in 8:44.55.
Mexico's Patricia Castaneda (8:49.07), Ecuador's Samantha Arevalo (8:51.31), Mexico's Susana Escobar (8:52.51), El Salvador's Alexia Benitez (9:03.53) and Venezuela's Yanel Pinto (9:07.73) also swam in the finale.
Women's 200 fly
The United States picked up another 1-2 finish from its women as Kim Vandenberg topped the event in 2:10.54, and Lyndsay De Paul captured silver in 2:12.34. Mexico's Rita Medrana earned bronze in 2:12.43.
Brazil's Joanna Maranhao (2:13.00), Canada's Erin Miller (2:16.10), Canada's Brenna MacLean (2:16.13), Venezuela's Eliana Barrios (2:18.19) and Mexico's Prisciliana Escobar (2:20.16) wrapped up the championship field.
Men's 800 free relay
Team USA's Conor Dwyer, Scot Robison, Charlie Houchin and Matt Patton easily claimed the relay title with a 7:15.07 for the win. Brazil's Andre Schultz, Nicolas Oliveira, Leonardo De Deus and Thiago Pereira finished second in 7:21.96, while Venezuela's Daniele Tirabassi, Cristian Quintero, Crox Acuna and Marcos Lavado picked up bronze in 7:23.41.
Argentina (7:36.37), Mexico (7:37.77), Canada (7:50.85), Paraguay (7:54.78) and Peru (8:17.87) made up the rest of the relay field.