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A Bountiful Haul For US Sailing Team In The 2023 Pan Am Games

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  • A Bountiful Haul For US Sailing Team In The 2023 Pan Am Games

    Medal Haul Continues for Team USA, Winningest Country of 2023 Pan Am Games

    ALGARROBO, CHILE (4 November 2023) – As the final day of the Pan Am Games sailing event comes to a close with medal races in seven classes, Team USA continues their success with four more medals. This brings the total US Sailing Team medal count to nine: four gold, three silver, and two bronze. Team USA is also leaving Algarrobo with the most medals and the most Gold medals of the 27 participating countries.

    In the ILCA 6 and Lightning, athletes were able to sail today’s medal races with peace of mind knowing they had already clinched gold on points alone. Throughout the event, Erika Reineke (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) outpaced the competition in the ILCA 6, winning seven of the ten series races as well as the medal race. Reineke has been putting in the work at the gym and in physical therapy as she mends from an injury early this year, preparing for her Olympic circuit regattas and upcoming Trials.

    “It feels great to win gold for Team USA. With the team here, the vibes have been amazing. I’m just happy to be here and compete!” said Reineke, who also celebrated her 30th birthday as she accepted the ILCA 6 gold. “I want to give a big thanks to my coach Eric back home. We’ve been working together since I got back in the ILCA 6. This result is proof we’re going in the right direction.”

    Allan Terhune Jr. (Annapolis, MD), Sarah Chin (Harvey Cedars, NJ), and Madeline Baldridge (Charleston, SC) brought home Gold in the Lightning, ending a 24-year drought for the US Lightning discipline at Pan Ams. While this is Terhune’s first appearance at the Pan Am games, he has come runner-up at the US Pan Am Trials four times.

    “The three of us put together a plan last fall, executed, and got the best possible result,” said Terhune. “I feel really lucky to have partnered with this crew.”

    “There are times in the sport when things just come together, and since we’ve started sailing together, we’ve seen more and more of these moments,” continued crew Sarah Chin. “Being able to say we performed at our very best here is a huge accomplishment for us and I feel really proud of our team and what we’ve been able to do. This is where sailing is really a team sport and it’s been awesome to get the energy from the rest of the US team. Honestly, this has been the best regatta of my entire life!”

    The Snipe and Nacra 17 classes round out today’s medals, with both classes achieving silver after their respective medal races. Sarah Newberry-Moore (Miami, FL) and David Liebenberg (Richmond, Calif.) locked in a medal on points after day six of racing, but their second-place finish in the medal race solidified their silver medal position. By finishing as the top North American country, Newberry-Moore and Liebenberg qualified the country in the Nacra 17 at the 2024 Olympics.

    “Getting to represent the US is what we’ve been working toward basically our entire adult lives,” said Liebenberg about the prospect of winning selection and racing in Marseille next year. “Both of us started campaigning right out of college so it’s been almost a ten year journey, so that’s the goal.”

    The Pan Am games were full of ups and downs for the Snipe team of Ernesto Rodriguez (Miami, FL) and Kathleen Tocke (Buffalo, NY). Rodriguez, who won gold at the 2019 Pan Am Games, got off to a rough start with an OCS in race three. However, the duo was able to climb back up the scoreboard, culminating with a win in the medal race.

    “We didn’t start the championship well, but we did the best we could. We fought hard in the last four races, and then winning the medal race was a bit of a consolation,” said Rogriguez. “Thanks to my super crew Kathleen: it was a tough week, and we weren’t sailing exactly the way we wanted, but it worked out – second is pretty good!”

    “The points were so close in our fleet today it was anyone’s game. Everyone who made it to the medal race had won a race this week so it was really the best of the best,” added crew Kathleen Tocke.

    Next, athletes in Olympic classes will turn their attention to finishing up outstanding country qualifications to get a full slate of USA berths in Paris. For all classes except Women’s Formula Kite, athletes will also enter final preparations for domestic trials and international selection.
    Alan Terhune, Madeline Baldridge, and Sarah Chin win Gold in the Lightning – This marks the first time the USA has won gold in the Lightning class in 24 years
    Erika Reineke wins gold in the ILCA 6
    Ernesto Rodriguez and Kathleen Tocke win silver in the Snipe class
    Sarah Newberry-Moore and David Liebenberg win silver in the Nacra 17 and qualify the US for the 2024 Olympics in the Nacra 17
    Connor Blouin finishes 5th overall in the Men’s Sunfish after placing 5th in the medal race
    Chapman Petersen finishes 13th overall in the ILCA 7
    Amanda Callahan finishes 8th overall in the Women’s Sunfish

    Final results:
    Gold: Allan Terhune / Sarah Chin / Madeline Baldridge, Lightning
    Gold: Erika Reineke, ILCA 6
    Gold: Ian Barrows / Hans Henken, 49er
    Gold: Daniela Moroz, Women’s Formula Kite
    Silver: S arah Newberry Moore / David Liebenberg, Nacra 17
    Silver: Dominique Stater, Women’s iQFOiL
    Silver: Ernesto Rodriguez / Kathleen Tocke, Snipe
    Gold: Steph Roble / Maggie Shea, 49erFX
    Gold: Noah Lyons, Men’s iQFOiL
    4th - Markus Edegran, Men's Formula Kite
    5th - Conner Blouin, Men's Sunfish
    8th - Amanda Callahan, Women's Sunfish
    13th - Chapman Petersen, ILCA 7

    Race Day 7 Update: 3 November 2023

    ALGARROBO, CHILE (3 November 2023) - A golden day for Team USA! After medal races in six of the 13 classes, the US Sailing Team is taking home five medals, including gold medals in the 49er and Women’s Formula Kite. The team also has confirmed gold medals in the ILCA 6 and Lightning classes ahead of their medal races tomorrow and either a silver or bronze in the Nacra 17.

    After dominating the competition by winning all but three of her 18 races, Daniela Moroz (Lafayette, Calif.) has come away with Gold at her first Pan Am Games. As first return to competition since the Combined World Championship in August, Moroz looked to the Pan Ams as a valuable rehearsal for Paris 2024 with both USA and personal qualification already achieved.

    “Going to a Games like this is always a really good experience. At the end of a hard week, being on top of the podium and hearing your national anthem is a really cool moment,” said Moroz. “It was a tricky week with some really hard conditions, but the Pan Am Games are an important stop on the road to Paris so I’m glad I was able to be here.

    From here I’m heading straight into winter training, spending time in the gym in Miami and some on the water time in Mexico before the Princessa Sofia regatta next spring.”

    Also winning Gold and their medal race is the USA 49er team of Ian Barrows (St. Thomas, USVI) and Hans Henken (Coronado, Calif.). Their gold caps a successful season: Barrow/Henken placed 7th at the Olympic Test Event and 9th at the Combined World Championships, where they also helped qualify the US in the 49er class for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

    After taking home the USA’s first ever 49er Pan American Gold medal, Barrows said, “Winning Gold feels amazing. There's been a lot of hard work put in with our team and to be able to come here and pull it off against some good teams [feels great],” said Barrows.

    “We’re incredibly excited to be here and win a gold at the Pan American Games, it’s a stepping stone for us,” said Henken. “What we really want to do [win selection] for Marseilles and stand on the podium at the Olympic Games!”

    In the iQFOiL classes, Dominique Stater (Miami, Fla.) secured a silver medal and qualified the USA for a spot in the Women’s iQFOiL at the Paris 2024 Olympics.

    “I’m happy to have sailed well – the final was a bit crazy, but it was a great event,” said Stater. “My mom learned to windsurf here in Algarrobo when she was my age, so it means a lot to be able to compete here at such an important event.

    It’s a huge relief to have qualified the US for the Olympics in the Women’s iQFOiL – now it’s off to Australia then Lanzarote to train before the Olympic trials in January.”

    Men’s iQFOiL athlete Noah Lyons (Clearwater, Fla.) came away from the medal series with a bronze medal. Because Lyons finished as the second North American country to Aruba, he and the rest of the American Men’s iQFOiL squad will now turn their attention to qualify the country at the “Last Chance Regatta” in April 2024 in Hyeres, France.

    It’s a bronze for USA 49erFX team Stephanie Roble (East Troy, Wis.) and Maggie Shea (Wilmette, IL) after a challenging week sparring with some of the top FX teams in the world, including two-time 49erFX Olympic Gold Medalists, Brazil’s Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze, who took home Gold today.

    “It was exciting to go into the final day today with everything to play for,” said Steph Roble. “We were excited about the conditions and had a nice start set up for the medal race but unfortunately pulled the trigger a little too early and were over the line. We did our best to get back in the mix and couldn’t quite pull it off, but we’re proud of our bronze and a week of beautiful racing in Algarrobo.”

    Tomorrow, Team USA will race in five of the seven remaining medal races with three already confirmed medals and another medal in reach in the Snipe class.
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