CIUDAD GUZMAN, Mexico -- Bates College graduate Kaitlyn McElroy '08, a former member of the Bates women's Nordic skiing and cross country teams, claimed a bronze medal at the 2011 Pan Am Games with partner Maggie Hogan in the Women's K2 500m sprint race.
The duo finished in 1:48.718, 1.386 seconds behind the winning boat from Cuba. The Oklahoma City training partners reached the final after winning their preliminary heat, recording the second-fastest time across both heats, according to USA Canoe/Kayak.
McElroy, who competed in the 2006 NCAA Skiing Championships for Bates, met Hogan in 2008 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Prior to leaving for the Pan American Games, they trained together at the Olympic Training Site in Oklahoma City, Okla., where McElroy is currently studying at Oklahoma City University. According to the USACK website, "their days consisted of lifting weights, spending time in the altitude training room, and 500-meter sprints, both paddling down the Oklahoma River and running the streets behind the Devon Boathouse."
McElroy earned the right to join the more veteran team member Hogan in a “seat race” following the 2011 World Championships. McElroy had been racing K2 1000m, primarily with former partner Jen Burke, and that pair won a bronze medal at the 2011 World Cup and placed fourth at the 2010 Pan American Championships.
McElroy was one of at least three Bates grads who competed at the Pan Am Games:
- Former Bates track and field star Keelin Godsey '06 took fifth place in the women's hammer throw at Telmex Athletics Stadium in Zapopan, Mexico. Godsey heaved the third-best throw of his career, at 67.84 meters (222 feet, 7 inches), on his first effort of the day. Godsey's effort traveled 73 centimeters beyond sixth-place Jennifer Dahlgren of Argentina. Yipsi Moreno of Cuba coasted to the gold medal at 75.62 meters, followed by Sultana Frizell of Canada, Godsey's U.S. teammate and bronze medalist Amber Campbell (69.93) and Arasay Thondike of Cuba (68.88). Godsey was a 16-time All-American and a two-time NCAA champion while at Bates.
- Ricky Weisskopf '08, playing squash for El Salvador, competed in four singles matches and a doubles match. Weisskopf fell 3-2 to Graham Bassett of the United States in the Men's Singles Round of 32, and went on to face the likes of Mexico's Arturo Salazar and Paraguay's Esteban Casarino. Weisskopf, who competed on the Pro Squash Tour at the Bobcat Classic in Lewiston in September, was a four-time CSA All-America selection at Bates.