LIMA, Peru – Former Texas A&M athletes Annie Kunz and Bethany Galat earned silver medals in their respected sports on Thursday at the 2019 Pan American Games.
Kunz competed in her fourth heptathlon of the season, scoring 5,990 points, while Galat swam the 200 meter breaststroke in 2:21.84.
Two other Aggie swimmers representing Mexico competed in 200 breaststroke. Esther Gonzalez finished sixth (2:28.98) for the women and Mauro Castillo placed fourth (2:12.21) for the men.
Chennedy Carter and the United States women’s basketball team improved their record to 3-0 after defeating Colombia 75-63. Carter had two points and a blocked shot in 15 minutes of action.
Tori Vidales had one hit in Mexico’s 4-0 softball loss to Canada. Mexico will play in the semifinals on Friday against Puerto Rico.
The mixed 4x100 medley relay was the last race of the night. In the prelims, Mexico posted a 4:01.65 time with two siblings on the relay team. Esther Gonzalez swam the breaststroke leg with a split of 1:11.68 and her brother Mateo had a split of 55.06 in the butterfly leg.
Cuba’s Adriana Rodriguez won the gold medal in the heptathlon with a tally of 6,113 points. Texas A&M’s Tyra Gittens, the first day leader, fell to sixth place after the long jump and javelin with 4,971 points and opted not to start the final event.
Kunz fouled her first two attempts in the long jump and then managed to produce a leap of 20-0 ½ for 883 points. Kunz maintained a hold on second place with a toss of 131-1 in the javelin.
A time of 2:19.69 in the 800 completed the mission for Kunz ran the 800 meters in 2:18.33
Bralon Taplin, competing for Grenada, finished eighth in the 400 meter final with a 46.01.