Oct. 13, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Five Florida State student-athletes will be among the 6,000 competitors from 42 nations in the Americas, taking part in the XVI Pan American Games, which get underway with the opening ceremony Friday in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Over the next 17 days the Seminoles will be represented by two swimmers, two track & field athletes and a tennis player in the quadrennial multi-sport championship, which is the second largest sporting even in the world behind the Summer Olympics.
“It’s a source of great pride any time our student-athletes have an opportunity to represent their countries and Florida State University in national and international competition,” FSU Director of Athletics Randy Spetman said. “To have five Seminoles, representing five nations in three different sports, competing in this year’s Pan Am Games is an honor. Not only does it highlight our outstanding Olympic sports programs, it is representative of the cultural diversity within our athletic program and a tremendous educational experience.”
Senior swimmer Mateo De Angulo will represent Colombia in the 200m and 1500m freestyle events. De Angulo is the Colombian national record holder in the 400, 800 and 1500m events. Sophomore McKayla Lightbourn will represent the Bahamas in the 100 and 200m breaststroke, the 200 IM and 200 freestyle, as well as the relays.
Florida State’s nationally-acclaimed men’s track & field program sends a pair of All-Americans into the fray. Senior Gonzalo Barroilhet, who is rebounding from a shoulder injury that ended his spring season, will wear the colors of his native Chile as he competes in the decathlon. Senior Michael Putman will compete in the shot put and discus, representing Peru.
Senior women’s tennis standout Francesca Segarelli rounds out the Seminole contingent and will compete in both singles and mixed doubles action.
De Angulo and Lightbourn will be among the first Seminoles in action when the swimming competition gets underway Saturday and runs through Oct. 22. The tennis competition runs Oct. 17-22, while the track & field competition won’t begin until Oct. 23 and will bring the Pan Am Games to a close on Oct. 30.
Guadalajara, in the Mexican state of Jalisco, is located approximately 350 miles west of Mexico City. More than $750 million has been spent in building facilities to host the games.
ESPN Desportes will provide live coverage of the Games, with additional coverage being carried on ESPN2 and ESPN3.