Forbes Wins Heat, Bellows Wins Semifinal at 2019 Pan American Games

The U.S. men’s and women’s single scullers won their races on Wednesday morning, advancing to the finals at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

After winning his heat yesterday, mens’ single sculler Lucas Bellows (Forest Lake, Minn.) came back to win his semifinal with a time of 7:05.48. Bellows finished ahead of second-place Paraguay, who clocked a 7:08.21, and third-place Argentina, who finished in a 7:08.84. All three advanced to the A final, which will take place on Saturday. Cuba’s Angel Fournier Rodriguez won the other semifinal in a 7:00.04.

Jenifer Forbes (Baltimore, Md.) won the first heat of the women’s single sculls with a time of 7:57.40, just 0.2 seconds ahead of second-place Chile, who finished in 7:57.60. Forbes is coming off a gold medal at the 2019 USRowing National Championships in the single, and she will try to carry that momentum into her next race, which will be the A final on Friday morning.

The women’s quadruple sculls crew of Maggie Fellows (Warick, Mass.), Julia Lonchar (Columbus, Ohio), Kierra Twist (Seattle, Wash.) and Sydney Taylor (Dover, Del.) finished fourth in its race for lanes. The U.S. finished in a 6:54.55. Chile won the race with a time of 6:43.73.

The men’s pair of James Garay (East Leroy, Mich.) and Logan Smith (Lancaster, Pa.) finished fifth in its race for lanes. The U.S. pair crossed the line in a 7:40.13. Chile won the race in a 6:44.72. The final will be held on Friday morning.

The men’s eight also finished in fifth in its race for lanes. The crew of coxswain Coral Kasden (New York, N.Y.),  Kyle Peabody (Princeton, N.J.), Jason Read (Ringoes, N.J.), James Garay (East Leroy, Mich.), Logan Smith (Lancaster, Pa.), Paul Verni (New Rochelle, N.Y.), Thaddeus Babiec (Alexandria, Va.), Jonathan Zagroba (New Rochelle, N.Y.), and Veton Celaj (Bronx, N.Y.) crossed the line in a 6:21.73. Brazil won the race in a 6:05.88.

Racing continues on Thursday beginning at 9:00 a.m. local time. The U.S. will have crews racing in the A finals of the women’s pair, women’s double sculls, and men’s four, as well as the B final of the men’s double sculls.

Press releases, athlete bios and photos of the U.S. team will be available on the USRowing website’s Pan American Games coverage page. Fans can follow the Pan American Games on the Lima 2019 website, which has up-to-date schedules and results, and by using the hashtag #Lima2019 on social media.

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