Baley and Niday Win Second Golds as USA Picks Up Six Medals on Day Three of Junior Pan Ams
Isabel Baley and ElliReese Niday won their second gold medals this week as the U.S. picked up six more medals – including four gold – Friday at the Junior Pan American Championships in Lima, Peru. The U.S. has now won 19 medals throughout the week.
Baley, who won 1-meter on Thursday, came through with her second win in a close 14-15 girls’ 3-meter contest on Friday. She scored 359.25 to edge Mexico’s Rut Paez by 1.85 points for gold. Callie Fox finished sixth for the U.S. after scoring 312.15 points.
Niday won the 11-and-under girls’ 1-meter event to pick up her second victory of the week after winning 3-meter on Wednesday. Niday scored 216.40 points for the 1-meter win. Katherine Mo also competed on 1-meter and finished fourth with 179.30 points.
Cristiano Garcia won the 12-13 boys’ 3-meter gold, and Jake Welsh and Zach Welsh paired for gold in boys’ 14-18 synchronized 3-meter. Jaiden Lynch and Hannah McLaughlin also medaled on Friday.
Garcia, who had already won silver on earlier in the week, dominated the 3-meter contest with 382.35 points to finish 42.45 points ahead of silver medalist Alexis Aguero of Mexico. USA’s Nathan Piotrowski scored 264.00 for seventh.
The Welsh brothers scored 305.16 points to take the 3-meter synchro gold after finishing 34.26 points of the Canadian team.
Lynch picked up silver in the 16-18 girls’ platform contest after finishing with 390.30 points, just 5.6 points behind gold medalist Alejandro Estudillo of Mexico. USA’s Anna Lemkin took fifth with 327.30 points.
McLaughlin came away with bronze after scoring 237.15 points on 1-meter in girls’ 12-13 competition. USA’s Sophia Narbut was just behind her in fourth at 228.95. Mexico’s Mia Cuevo won gold with 293.75 points.
In boys’ 11-and-under platform competition, Amir Owens finished fourth with 182.74 points and Noah Lieberman finished sixth with 151.45 points. Colombia’s Nicolas Londono dominated the competition with 255.60 points for gold.
The Junior Pan Am Diving Championships wrap up Saturday with seven more events.