Forbes Victorious on Final Day of Pan American Games Qualification Regatta

Jenifer Forbes (Baltimore, Md.) gave the United States its lone victory of the 2018 Pan American Games Qualification Regatta on Sunday, winning the women’s single sculls by just over three seconds at the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In addition to Forbes, the women’s quadruple sculls and men’s pair also earned the right to be nominated to represent the U.S. at the 2019 Pan American Games with their finishes on Sunday. In total, nine U.S. crews claimed qualification spots during the regatta.

In the women’s single final, Forbes crossed the line in an 8:09.27 to finish ahead of Argentina’s Maria Sol Ordas’ 8:12.37. Trinidad and Tobago’s Felice Chow finished third in an 8:13.64.

The women’s quadruple sculls crew of Julia Lonchar, Margaret Fellows (Warwick, Mass.), Keara Twist and Sydney Taylor (Dover, Del.) finished fifth in the A final, coming home in a 7:40.66. Chile easily won the race in a 7:12.92, finishing more than nine seconds ahead of second-place Argentina. Cuba took third.

In the men’s pair, Logan Smith (Lancaster, Pa.) and James Garay (East Leroy, Mich.) finished sixth in the A final, clocking a 7:24.99. Chile’s Cristopher Kalleg and Ignacio Abraham won the race in a 6:46.81, finishing more than three seconds ahead of second-place Cuba in a 6:50.16. Brazil finished third in a 6:51.07.

In the men’s quadruple sculls, Wes Vear (Marquette, Mich.), Lucas Bellows (Forest Lake, Minn.), Cooper Hurley (Andover, Mass.) and James McCullough (Philadelphia, Pa.) also finished sixth. The crew crossed the finish in a 6:21.14. Argentina won the race in a 6:07.11, with Mexico finishing less than two second behind in a 6:08.86. Uruguay took third.

Jessica Hyne took fifth in the B final of the lightweight women’s single sculls in an 8:39.12, finishing 11th overall. Uruguay’s Sabrina Diaz won the race in an 8:29.34. In the A final, Mexico’s Kenia Vanessa Lechuga won the race.

In addition to the three boats earning qualification spots on Sunday, the U.S. also qualified in the men’s single sculls, men’s double sculls, women’s double sculls, lightweight men’s double sculls, women’s pair and men’s four.

The 2019 Pan American Games will take place July 26-August 11, 2019, in Lima, Peru. An explanation of the qualification system can be found here. For more information on the 2018 Pan America Games Qualification Regatta, click here. For more information on the 2019 Pan American Games, click here.

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