Hobart College sailor Hector Guzman ’20 will compete for the Mexican National Team in the final round of the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, when sailing events conclude on Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Yacht Club Peruano in Paracas.
The competition began on Saturday, Aug. 3. Currently, Guzman is in 10th place. He is competing in the Sunfish class.
Guzman qualified for the Pan Am Games after finishing third in a field of 69 sailors from nine different countries at the 2018 Sunfish North American Championships on Lake Michigan. Guzman finished the nine-race regatta with 62 points, 16 behind a boat from Colombia and 10 behind a boat from the United States.
A team captain at HWS, Guzman was named an Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association All-American for the third straight year. This spring, he represented the Colleges at the team race and coed national championships. Guzman helped the Colleges place fourth at coed nationals and eighth at the team race. He guided the Colleges to wins at the Admiral Moore Team Race and the Georgetown Team Race. Guzman finished third at the St. Mary’s Team Race and the Prosser Trophy. In the fall, he helped the colleges win the Jesuit Invitational and finish third at the MAISA Match Race Championship.
A three-time first team All-MAISA skipper, Guzman was a finalist for the MAISA Coed Sailor of the Year in 2018.
HWS Head Sailing Coach Scott Iklé ’84 is also in Lima this week. He is serving as an assistant coach with the Mexican Sailing Team. Iklé will be on the race circle for the singlehanded boats, laser, laser radial, and sunfish class races. Previously, he has been a part of Team USA’s Support staff at the Pan American Games three times.
Eleven medals will be handed out in sailing with four, including the sunfish class being presented on Aug. 10.