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We’re proud of the 21 University of Toronto alumni and students who competed in the Pan Am Games, many of them at U of T’s very own sporting facilities. Here’s your handy guide to the U of T games:
Three gold – Well done Kate Sauks, Michelle Li and Rosie MacLennan!
Two silver – Congrats Belinda Trussell and Sarah Wells!
Nine bronze – Hurrah for Zack Chetrat, Anqi Luo, Michelle Li, Alex Thicke, Amanda Woodcroft, Sasha Gollish, Sarah Wells and double medallist Lucy Nowell!
Crispin Duenas (BSc 2012 Victoria, BEd 2013)
Event: Men’s Individual, Men’s Team
Result: Crispin came ninth in the qualifying round and lost his first elimination round match 6-5 in a shoot-off against Puerto Rico’s Jose Irizarry. A great effort by Crispin in a very close match! Canada’s men’s team lost its quarter-final match against Brazil, 6-0.
Follow Crispin on Twitter @crispin_duenas
Read more about the task facing archers at the Games.
Sasha Gollish (BA 2003 UC, MEng 2010), engineering PhD Candidate
Event: 1500 metres
Result: Sasha blazed around the track in 4:10.11 to take the bronze medal!
Follow Sasha on Twitter: @SGollishRuns
Read why Sasha Gollish loves the new Varsity Centre track.
Gregory MacNeill, student, Varsity Blue
Event: 400 metre hurdles
Result: Gregory came fifth in his heat with a time of 52.31, just missing qualifying for the final. Pretty great for someone who has only been running this distance for three months.
Follow Gregory on Twitter: @gregorymacneill
Read why Gregory MacNeill switched events just before the Games.
Donna Vakalis (MArch 2009), engineering PhD candidate
Event: Modern Pentathlon
Result: Donna came fourth overall with 1299 points. In the shooting-and-running part of the event, she scored top of the field!
Follow Donna on Twitter: @SportIsAllOver
Read why Donna Vakalis thinks engineering studies are helpful in athletics.
Sarah Wells (BPHE 2012)
Event: 400 metre hurdles, 4×400 metre relay
Result: Sarah won the hurdles silver medal in 56.17 seconds! And she anchored the relay team to a bronze medal!
Follow Sarah on Twitter: @SarahWells400mh
Jason Wurster (BA 2011)
Event: Pole Vault
Result: Jason soared 5 metres into the air (amazing!) and came sixth.
Follow Jason on Twitter: @jwurster84
Read how Jason Wurster traded his hockey stick for a 15-foot pole.
Michelle Li, former student
Event: Women’s singles, Women’s doubles
Result: Michelle is the singles gold medal winner! And Michelle and partner Rachel Honderich are bronze medallists in doubles.
Follow Michelle on Twitter: @miichelleli
Josh Binstock (BPHE 2005)
Result: Josh and teammate Samuel Schachter defeated Nicaragua 2-1, Guatemala 2-0 and Uruguay 2-0 in preliminary rounds, but were defeated in their quarterfinal against Mexico. They did not start in their final match, against Argentina – wishing you a speedy recovery for your back injury, Sam.
Follow Josh on Twitter: @drjoshbinstock
Belinda Trussell (BComm 1994 UTM)
Result: In individual competition, Belinda finished fourth (tying with teammate Brittany Fraser). In team competition, she won a silver medal!
Read why Belinda Trussell would rather you didn’t applaud at her events.
Alexis D. Anna Rudkovska (BSc 2013 UTSC)
Event: Women’s Épée Team
Result: In the quarterfinals, Alexis was her team’s top scorer with 12 hits but unfortunately the team were eliminated from medal contention by Cuba. They then beat Colombia (18 hits by Alexis!) and Dominican Republic to take fifth place overall.
Follow Alexis on Twitter: @TheFencingChick
Alex Thicke, student, Varsity Blues
Result: Canada defeated Dominican Republic 12-1 in its first match, lost to Argentina 5-0 in its second, and beat Mexico 4-0 in the third match. The team blanked Uruguay 2-0 in the quarterfinals but fell to the U.S. 3-0 in the semis… but went on a 1-0 victory over Chile to win the bronze medal!
Amanda Woodcroft, concurrent education student in the Faculty of Kinesiology
Result: Canada defeated Dominican Republic 12-1 in its first match, and lost to Argentina 5-0 in its second. The team beat Mexico 4-0 in the third match. The team blanked Uruguay 2-0 in the quarterfinals but fell to the U.S. 3-0 in the semis… but went on a 1-0 victory over Chile to win the bronze medal!
Follow Amanda on Twitter: @awoodcroft12
Read why Amanda Woodcroft had to leave Toronto to make the team.
Jason Burnett, student
Result: Jason came fourth overall with a score of 55.09 in his final routine. Great work!
Follow Jason on Twitter: @JasonBurnett_
Rosie MacLennan (BPHE 2011)
Result: Rosie won the gold medal with a score of 53.56!
Follow Rosie on Twitter: @RosieMacLennan
Read about Rosie MacLennan’s golden trampoline career.
Kate Sauks, BPHE 2007, PhD 2014 (rehabilitation science and anatomy)
Result: Kate and her teammate Liz Fenje are gold medallists!
Follow Kate on Twitter: @KMHRocket
Read how ballet, pole vaulting, kayaking and volleyball got Kate into rowing…
Chris Mannella, former student
Result: The Canadian team lost their first match, with Brazil, reached a scoreless tie with Panama and then were knocked out of the tournament by Peru.
Follow Chris on Twitter: @c10mannella
Zack Chetrat (BA 2014 New)
Event: 200-metre butterfly
Result: Zack won the bronze medal! And he set a Canadian record in the process!
Follow Zack on Twitter: @ZackChetrat
Read how Zack Chetrat preps mentally for intense two-minute races.
Anqi Luo, incoming student (welcome!)
Event: Table tennis team
Result: The Canadian women tied for the bronze medal with Puerto Rico!
Read how Anqi Luo combines a love for precision with a love for superstition.
Amanda Braddock (BSc 2012 UTM)
Event: Women’s 48 kilograms
Result: Amanda came ninth, lifting 70 kg in the snatch and 85 kg in the clean and jerk!
Follow Amanda on Twitter: @lifeinkg