Women’s Quad Earns Bronze Medal on the Last Day of Racing the 2019 Pan American Games
By John Bartman • August 10, 2019
The United States wrapped up racing in the 2019 Pan American Games with finals in the men’s single sculls, women’s quadruple sculls, who won a bronze medal, and the men’s eight.
The women’s quadruple sculls of Maggie Fellows (Warick, Mass.), Julia Lonchar (Columbus, Ohio), Keara Twist (Seattle, Wash.) and Solveig Imsdahl (Scheelholz 15, Germany) won the bronze medal in a time of 6:36.11. They were in fifth place at the 500-meter mark but worked their way into the bronze-medal position during the middle 1,000 meters, holding on through the sprint. The American boat finished behind the silver-medal winning Cubans, who finished in 6:34.01, and the gold-medal winning Chileans, who finished in 6:30.43.
The men’s eight of coxswain Coral Kasden (New York, N.Y.), Kyle Peabody (Princeton, N.J.), Jason Read (Ringoes, N.J.), Paul Verni (New Rochelle, N.Y.), Thaddeus Babiec (Alexandria, Va.), Jonathan Zagroba (New Rochelle, N.Y.), Veton Celaj (Bronx, N.Y.), James Garay (East Leroy, Mich.), and Logan Smith (Lancaster, Pa.) finished in sixth place in the final. The crew crossed the finish line in 5:53.60. Argentina won gold in 5:41.66, Chile won silver in 5:42.16, and Cuba won bronze in 5:43.97.
Lucas Bellows (Forest Lake, Minn.) finished in sixth place in the finals for the single sculls, finishing in an 8:08.69. Cuba won the gold in 6:51.10. They were followed by Mexico and Argentina who finished in 6:51.99 and 7:08.37, respectively.
U.S. crews earned two medals in the 2019 Pan American Games, with a silver in the women’s double sculls and a bronze in the women’s quad sculls.