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Follow All 21 of U of T’s Pan Am Athletes

Cheer on the Canadian team and watch this page as we post results

July 25, 2015
U of T alumna Sasha Gollish races for Canada in the Pan Am Games in July. Photo by Sandy Nicholson.

Photo by Sandy Nicholson.










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:

Medal count:
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
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

Photo by Sandy Nicholson

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

Photo by Sandy Nicholson

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 Vakilis

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

Photo by Sandy Nicholson

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

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

Beach Volleyball
Josh Binstock
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 Belinda Trussell (BComm 1994 UTM)
Event: Dressage
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 Rudkovska
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

Field Hockey

Alex Thicke

Photo courtesy Varsity Blues

Alex Thicke, student, Varsity Blues
Position: Midfielder
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

Photo by Sandy Nicholson

Amanda Woodcroft, concurrent education student in the Faculty of Kinesiology
Position: Midfielder
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
Jason Burnett, student
Event: Trampoline
Result: Jason came fourth overall with a score of 55.09 in his final routine. Great work!
Follow Jason on Twitter: @JasonBurnett_

Rosie MacLennan

Photo by Sandy Nicholson

Rosie MacLennan (BPHE 2011)
Event: Trampoline
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.

Lucy Nowell
Lucinda (Lucy) Nowell, student
Event: Rhythmic Gymnastics
Result: Lucy competed as part of the women’s group, which won two bronze medals, one in the ribbons and one in the clubs and hoops event!

Kate Sauks
Kate Sauks, BPHE 2007, PhD 2014 (rehabilitation science and anatomy)
Event: LW2x
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…

Liana Giovando
Liana Giovando (Master of Information Studies, 2006)
Event: Open Hobie 16
Result: Liana and skipper Dan Borg came in fifth in the medal race. Great effort, Liana!

Chris Mannella
Chris Mannella, former student
Position: Midfielder
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

Photo by Sandy Nicholson

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.

Table Tennis

Anqi Luo

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

Photo by Lifters Life

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

Reader Comments

# 1
Posted by Linda Hazelden B.A.(Hons)1980 on July 18th, 2015 @ 6:21 pm

Great to monitor the results of the featured U of T athletes! Follows perfectly U of T Mag summer edition providing previews. At this early stage, five medals is truly a wonderful accomplishment! KEEP IT UP U of T ATHLETES!

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