July 19, 2007
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University has been well represented at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as five current and former Bronco student-athletes and one coach have made an impact for the United States at the event. Sophomore Stephen McCarthy and incoming freshmen Jalil Anibaba and Kevin Klasila are all members of the U.S. soccer team that has gone 1-1 so far. Broncos assistant men's soccer coach Eric Yamamoto is serving as an assistant coach for the U.S. at the tournament. Sophomore Tommy Medica has helped the Americans go unbeaten through four games in baseball, while former Bronco rower Reilly Dampeer '00 earned a silver medal in the quadruple sculls.
On the soccer field, McCarthy (Colleyville, Texas) and Anibaba (Davis, Calif.) have both been starters for the U.S. in the team's first two games. Against Venezuela in the team's opening game on July 15, McCarthy scored the first goal of the game to help the U.S. earn a 2-1 win. Anibaba played 90 minutes in midfield for the Americans against Venezuela. On July 18, both McCarthy and Anibaba started again, as the U.S. fell 4-2 to Bolivia. The team wraps up group play on July 21 against Mexico with a spot in the semifinals on the line. Incoming freshman Klasila (Los Angeles, Calif.) has served as the back-up goalkeeper in both contests.
Medica (San Jose, Calif.) has been with USA Baseball all summer, as the team played exhibition games on the East Coast prior to departing for the PanAm Games. Medica and Team USA went 11-5 in the pre-Pan Am Games contests, including separate five-game series against Chinese Taipei and Japan. In Brazil, the Americans won all three group play games, defeating Dominican Republic (5-1), Nicaragua (8-4) and Brazil (7-5) to reach the semifinals. Team USA then defeated Mexico 2-1 in the semifinals to reach the Gold Medal Game against Cuba on Saturday, July 20. Medica went 1-for-3 with two runs scored against Brazil.
In rowing, Dampeer (Weston, Conn.) had a successful trip to Brazil, wining a silver medal in the quadruple sculls and finishing fifth in the singles sculls. In the women's quadruple sculls, Dampeer teamed up with Margaret Matia, Sarah Trowbridge, and Julie Nichols to capture the silver medal behind Canada. Cuba led the race through the 1,000-meter mark before the U.S. took the lead going into the final 500 meters. However, Canada used a strong push in the final 250 meters to earn a 0.55-second victory. Canada crossed the finish line with a time of 7:42.62, followed by the U.S. in a 7:43.17. Argentina won the bronze medal in a 7:50.29, as Cuba dropped to fourth place.
In singles sculls, Dampeer sat in sixth place through the 1,000-meter mark before making a push into fourth during the third quarter of the race. However, she was unable to mount a challenge on El Salvador's Camila Vargas for the bronze-medal position and dropped back to fifth in the final 500 meters. Cuba's Mayra Gonzalez won the gold medal in a 7:49.47. Argentina's Maria Gabriela Best finished second in a 7:56.05, with Vargas placing third in an 8:06.43. Dampeer crossed the line with a time of 8:16.06.