Geer earns gold at Pan Am Games


Former Fairbanks High School swimmer Margo Geer is pictured practicing in this file photo. Geer has won gold medals at the 2019 Pan Am Games.
(Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller)

—-Fairbanks High School graduate Margo Geer has continued to shine in the swimming pool at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.
Geer, who captured eight state high school championship medals when she competed for Fairbanks, earned a gold medal in the women’s 100-meter freestyle.
Geer, 27, won the championship with a time of 54.17, leading the race from start to finish.
She flipped at the 50-meter mark with a time of 25.87, which was nearly one second faster than anyone else in the field.
Geer splashed to the finish, nearly one second ahead of Canada’s Alexia Zevnik, who earned the silver medal with a time of 55.04.
Larissa Martins Oliveira of Brazil took the bronze medal in 55.25.
Geer also earned a gold medal as a member of the championship mixed 4 x 100 relay team.
The Americans won the race in 3:24.84.
Brazil claimed the silver medal in 3:25.87 and Mexico earned the bronze in 3:31.86.
Geer’s split time in that race was 53.09.
The former Lady Panther added a third gold medal to her resume when she competed on the women’s 4 x 100 freestyle relay.
The United States won the gold in that event in 3:39.59.
Brazil was the silver-medal winning squad in 3:40.39 and Canada took the bronze in 3:41.01.
Geer produced a 54.36 split over the final 100 meters to help win the race for the United States.
Geer won state championships in the 50 and 100 freestyle all four years that she competed at Fairbanks.
She went on to swim at the University of Arizona, where she earned All-American honors and earned numerous gold medals.

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