Neuquén closed the third day of the 16th Epade Games to be held in Santa Cruz with five of the six selected from the team sports classified to the semifinals and several medals in swimming, judo and athletics. Basketball, soccer in both branches and men’s volleyball entered the medal zone and this Thursday they will go to the final.
The women’s team led by Alejandro Sosa won the classic against Río Negro this morning at the Juan Bautista Rocha Gymnasium in Río Gallegos by 69-27 and this Thursday, on the same stage, they will look for their executioner at the start -and at which he defeated in the final last year -, to be back in contention for the gold medal.
Also, and after a difficult start, the soccer team led by Johana Alfaro also entered the semifinals after thrashing Tierra del Fuego 3-0 on the Sportivo Puerto Santa Cruz field. Tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. a place in the final.
38 kilometers from there there were also celebrations with the men’s team that had a more difficult classification after drawing 1-1 with the hosts at Club Júpiter and getting into the semifinals thanks to having a better goal difference with Río Negro. Those led by Fabián Zapata will face La Pampa from 6:00 p.m., on the same stage.
In Río Gallegos is the other team that got into the top four. It is the basketball team of Leandro Lauro, who despite losing to Río Negro 81 to 64 in the Hispano Américano gym, also advanced to the semis where tomorrow he will face the local team at CEPARD from 4:00 p.m.
In the Boca club, the men’s volleyball team directed by Rodrigo Villalba was another of the teams that despite the defeat in the classic against Río Negro in straight sets (25-19, 25-16 and 25-23) in the end ended up celebrating since He managed to advance to the semifinals and tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. at the Boxing Club he will go for his place in the final against La Pampa.
On the other hand, the girls who lost to Río Negro 3-0 (25-7, 25-15 and 25-0) at the Boca club will fight for fifth place with Tierra del Fuego at the Atlético Boxing Club in Río Gallegos.
Individual sports returned to have another outstanding performance. On the UNPA track in Río Gallegos, in the most productive day, the green team won the gold medal in the 200-meter event with Fausto Pianciola Ammann. In the same test, Federico Tejeda Schiavoni obtained the bronze. The gold medal Malen Mesas also won the javelin throw and was escorted by her partner Victoria Quezada.
And as it has been happening every day, the swimming that competes in the Hispanic American club achieved several medals. Agustina Torres in the 100 butterfly and the 4×50 freestyle (Martina Hernalz, Martina Juglard, Lucia Carrizo and Aldana Guzmán) took the gold.
They also won silver, Martina Jouglard (400-meter freestyle) and bronze Agustina Torres (100-meter backstroke), Martina Jouglard (200-meter breaststroke), Tomás Jouglard (400-meter freestyle and 200-meter breaststroke) and the men’s 4×50 freestyle relay (Juan Bustamente, Fabricio Ramírez, Nehemías Sáez and Alfio Nicotra.
Judo, at the Lucho Fernández de Río Gallegos club, Walter Soto Váldez won gold in the category over 81 kg; Bruno García achieved silver in up to 81 kg as well as Ehiar Mac Donel, in 73 kg. While Gabriela Mora obtained bronze in 70 kg.
In mountain biking that has the activity in Río Turbio, the best from Neuquén was Milton Haisi, from Rincon, who finished sixth.