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ROSARIO, Argentina - For the U.S. women's and men's recurve teams, the Pan American Championships had much more at stake than team medals today: it was Team USA's opportunity to qualify for next year's Pan American Games in Toronto. When the heat was on, the Americans rose to the challenge.
As of press time, limited results were available on the event website. However, we know that the United States was represented in yesterday's qualification rounds by archers in the para, senior and masters classes, and Team USA turned out strong enough performances to rank favorably for today's team event and the individual matches later this week.
World Archery reported today that the U.S. women's recurve team of Khatuna Lorig (West Hollywood, California), LaNola Pritchard (Chula Vista, California) and Mackenzie Brown (Chula Vista, California) won the bronze medal in team competition.
The men's team - Jake Kaminski (Gainesville, Florida) and twin brothers Sean and Daniel McLaughlin (Chula Vista, California) scored a silver medal.
The bottom line: all of the archers performed well enough to qualify both American archery teams for the Pan American Games.
"Our men's and women's recurve teams delivered under pressure today in Argentina," commented Denise Parker, USA Archery CEO. "USA Archery extends its heartfelt congratulations to the Pan American Championships team on qualifying the United States for the 2015 Pan American Games."
The only information available regarding the para and masters teams was that all of the archers had solid performances in yesterday's qualification rounds. The masters recurve squad of Laura Shelton (Bethlehem Pennsylvania), Candice Raines (Rutland, Vermont), Karen Kroll (Sherman Oaks, California) and Abigail Abraham (Sterling, Virginia) swept the top four spots in their category.
The U.S. has a top-tier para squad competing, and this team will also secure their spots for the Parapan American Games this week.
Paralympians Jeff Fabry (Tulare, California), Jerry Shields (Gainesville, Florida) and Charles Lear (Lees Summit, Missouri) qualified top three in the Compound W1 men's category, and the U.S. also had a top two sweep in the Recurve Para Women's group by Paralympian Lee Ford-Faherty (Perry, Georgia) and Paralympic hopeful Kinga Kiss-Johnson (McCormick, South Carolina). Teammate Lori Dupree (Austin, Texas) qualified a close fourth.
Matt Stutzman (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Eric Bennett (Surprise, Arizona) scored the top two qualifications in the Compound Para Men's category. Teammates Richard Burkett (Bethesda, Maryland) and Benjamin Thompson (Ladson, South Carolina) qualified fourth and sixth, respectively.
USA's Carrie Burge (Weatherford, Texas) and Martha Chavez (Tulare, California) also delivered top two qualifications in the Compound Para Women's class. For the Recurve Para Men, Timothy Palumbo (Buffalo, New York) ranked first, and Michael Lukow (Salt Lake City, Utah) third. Steve Bosson, also of Salt Lake, qualified fourth, while Robert Perry (Hailey, Idaho) ended in tenth.
Competition continues on Thursday with individual matchplay. Results, as they become available, may be found at: http://www.fatarco.com.ar/varios/Panamericano%20Rosario%202014/Resultados/index.php.
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