The Pan Am Games are underway in Peru and Plymouth Meeting’s Andrew Abruzzo captured the United States’ first gold medal.
Andrew Abruzzo tallied the U.S.’s first gold with an impressive 3:48.41 to start the men’s schedule in the 400 free. Despite getting a slow start off the block–he boasted a reaction time of 0.82–Abruzzo managed to cinch a decisive win, bettering Fernando Scheffer’s (3:39.60) mark by over a second. Brazil’s Luiz Melo barely conceded the silver to his teammate, throwing up a 3:49.91 for third ahead of the America’s Christopher Wieser (3:50.39).
Abruzzo is a graduate of Germantown Academy and currently swims collegiately at the University of Georgia. Prior to the University of Georgia, he swam for Plymouth Whitemarsh Aquatic Club under Dick Shoulberg and Caroline Boland.
Headshot: University of Georgia