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Thursday, August 14
Thursday: 3 U.S. swimmers win; 400 relay team DQ'd

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Jennifer Nichols (Cheyenne, Wyo.) won the women's event and Stephanie Miller (Naperville, Ill.) captured the bronze.

Seeded first, Nichols set her second Pan Ams record by scoring 165 points in one of her matches.

Another American, Janet Dykman (El Monte, Calif.), lost in the quarterfinals to Miller.

Nichols won the final over Claudia Landaverde (El Salvador).

Howard Bach (San Francisco, Calif.) and Kevin Han (Orange, Calif.) earned a gold medal in men's doubles. They soundly defeated the Guatemalan team of Erick Anguiano and Pedro Yang, 15-5, 15-3.

Rami Zur (Chula Vista, Calif.) was disqualified in the 500-meter individual kayak opening round because his boat was too light. Zur earlier in the day made the 1,000-meter finals.

As the boat handlers removed the kayak from the water after the 500 meters, they dislodged the weights used to keep the kayak above the 26.4-pound weight requirement as they were shaking water out of the boat. The weights fell into the water at the dock and could not be retrieved.

When the kayak was weighed, it was found to be 4 ounces under the required weight and Zur was disqualified.

Zur had the second-fastest time in the heats.

The United States will send a show jumping team to the 2004 Olympics after winning the gold medal with a score of 13.66 penalties. Mexico won the silver medal and got a trip to Athens. Brazil was third.

Pouring rain delayed the event, as massive pools of water formed on the course. Drains were plugged with mud and debris, further inundating the course. Lauren Hough (Wellington, Fla.) was the second rider after the event resumed, her horse lost a shoe on the third fence. She still managed to finish the remainder of the round clean.

The other three U.S. riders were Margie Engle (Wellington, Fla.); Chris Kappler (Pittstown, N.J.); and Beezie Madden (Cazenovia, N.Y.).

Mike Ciolli (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and C.J. Yoder (Hershey, Pa.) each scored three goals as the world champion U.S. in-line roller hockey team defeated Canada 13-7 to win the gold medal. The Americans won worlds in the Czech Republic earlier this year.

Mexico's women defeated Argentina 4-1 to win the bronze medal. Four Mexicans scored in a steady rain. But the final between Brazil and Canada was postponed to Friday because of an unplayable field. It was tied 0-0 in the first half.

Mike Dryer (Blue Springs, Mo.) hit a two-out solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning as the U.S. men's team advanced to the gold medal game with a 1-0 win over Argentina. The game was delayed twice by downpours.

Dryer connected off Luis Rosales and Doug Middleton (Blue Springs) struck out nine in six innings of relief after starter Doug Gillis (Novi, Mich.) left with an apparent groin injury. Dryer struck out swinging with the bases loaded in the first and the Americans also left the bases loaded in the second.

Dryer has three homers and eight RBIs in the Pan Ams.

The U.S. men's team, playing in the consolation bracket, defeated El Salvador and Paraguay without losing a game. Damian Walker (Stamford, Conn.), Preston Quick (Denver), and Tim Wyantt (Cincinnati) will finish up play Friday.

The U.S. 400-meter freestyle relay team was disqualified when Jayme Cramer (Cincinnati) jumped into the pool to start the second leg before leadoff swimmer Nick Brunelli (Mansfield, Mass.) had touched the wall. Brazil won the race in 3:18.66.

Three Americans were individual winners.

In the 200 breaststroke, Kyle Salyards (Lancaster, Pa.) set a Pan Ams record of 2:13.37. Second was Sean Quinn (Lancaster, S.C.).

Staciana Stitts (Encinitas, Calif.) won the 100 breaststroke in a games mark of 1:09.01. Corrie Clark (Malverne, Pa.) was second.

The women's 100 butterfly went to Bethany Goodwin (Jarretsville, Md.) in 59.97. Audrey Lacroix of Canada was second and Dana Kirk (Bremerton, Wash.) got the bronze.

Another games record was set in the men's 400 freestyle by Ricardo Monasterio of Venezuela, 3:50.01. Francis Crippen (Philadelphia) got the silver.

Dana Vollmer (Fort Worth, Texas) completed the 100-meter freestyle in 59.35 in the morning as an exhibition-only entry, meaning the time counted, but she would not swim in the finals.

The U.S. duet of Anna Kozlova (San Jose, Calif.) and Alison Bartosik (Santa Clara, Calif.) had the last swim of the competition and won over the crowd with their free routine, capturing the gold medal by scoring a composite 96.500. The Americans held a slim lead over Canadians Fanny Letourneau and Courtenay Stewart going into the free swim., but held on for the gold. Canada finished with a score of 96.000. Former Ohio State swimmers Carolina Moraes and Isabela Moraes, swimming for their home country of Brazil, finished third.

Featherweight Nia Abdallah (Houston) won a taekwondo bronze, losing in the semifinals to Dinanyris Furcal of the Dominican Republic 3-0 as Dominican President Hipolito Mejia sat beside the mat.

Iridia Salazar of Mexico beat Furcal for the gold.

Cuba won its women's semifinal over the United States, 25-19, 25-19, 25-21. The Dominican Republic upset Brazil in the other semifinal in five sets.

Chris Parrish (Orlando, Fla.) set games record in men's slalom with a run of 66{ buoys, surpassing the Pan Ams record of 66 set four years ago.

All six American preliminary entries qualified for Saturday's finals, including Regina Jaquess (Suwanee, Ga.), who finished first in both the women's slalom and women's tricks events. Other strong performances came from Karen Truelove (Winter Garden, Fla.), second in the women's slalom; Rhoni Barton (Orlando), third in women's tricks; and Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden), fifth in the men's slalom.

Chad Vaughn (Konawa, Okla.) won the first medal for the U.S. men's team -- a gold. Vaughn successfully completed a clean and jerk lift of 408 pounds and then watched as Ferny Manzano of Colombia was unable to lift the same weight. Also competing in the 77-kilogram class was Greg Schouten (San Jacinto, Calif.), who placed eighth.

Oscar Chaplin III (Savannah, Ga.), despite strains in his knees and shoulders, placed fourth in the 85-kilo class with a total lifted weight of 345 kilos. Hector Ballesteros of Colombia won the gold medal with an overall lifted weight of 360 kilos. Yohandrys Hernandez of Cuba also lifted a combined weight of 360 kilos, but Ballesteros weighed in at .24 kilo less than Hernandez, giving him the gold.

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