Team USA’s Maggie Fellows and Julia Lonchar Win Silver Medal at 2019 Pan American Games
By John Bartman • August 8, 2019
The United States saw success during the first day of finals on Thursday at the 2019 Pan American Games, winning a silver medal in the women’s double sculls.
Finishing in 7:12.72, Maggie Fellows (Warick, Mass.) and Julia Lonchar (Columbus, Ohio) won their first medal as a part of Team USA, after finishing second in the finals of the women’s double sculls. The crew was in third place at the 500-meter mark and fought their way into second position by the midway point of the race. They then put water between them and third-place Argentina by the 1,500-meter mark and held on through the sprint. Cuba won the gold in 7:10.74. Argentina won bronze in 7:18.85.
In the women’s pair, the American crew of Solveig Imsdahl (Scheelholz 15, Germany) and Liz Euiler (Meredith, N.H.) finished fourth in the final with a time of 7:57.33. Chile won the gold medal with a time of 7:31.44. The Chileans were followed by Canada and Mexico, who finished in 7:36.06 and 7:46.04, respectively.
The men’s four of Jonathan Zagroba (New Rochelle, N.Y.), Veton Celaj (New York, N.Y.), Paul Verni (New Rochelle, N.Y.) and Thaddeus Babiec (Alexandria, Va.) finished their final in fifth place in a 6:26.56. Argentina won gold in 6:07.02, followed by Cuba, who won silver in a 6:09.53. Brazil won the bronze in a 6:10.67.
In the B final of the men’s double sculls, Wes Vear (Marquette, Mich.) and Nathan Lado (New York, N.Y.) came in right behind the leaders Uruguay, who finished in a 6:37.55. The U.S. crew finished in a 6:37.81. Mexico came in third with a time of 6:50.69.
Racing will continue on Friday beginning at 9:00 a.m. local time. The U.S. will have crews racing in the A finals of the men’s pair and women’s single sculls, as well as the B final of the lightweight women’s double sculls and lightweight 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 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.