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Team USA earns two more gold medals in the pool at Tokyo Paralympics

The medal count for Team USA continues to grow after two stellar performances in the swimming events.
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Anastasia Agonis, from USA, celebrates after winning Women's 400m Freestyle - S11 Final at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre during the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

PHOENIX — Team USA is already building their gold medal count after two great performances in the pool.

Swimmer Anastasia Pagonis had a dominating performance to earn gold in the women's 400m freestyle S11. Pagonis is from Long Island, New York and started swimming when she first began losing her vision at 12 years old due to genetic retina disease and autoimmune retinopathy.

But the winning ways didn't end there.

Fellow Team USA swimmer Gia Pergolini also took home the gold in the women's 100m backstroke S13. Pergolini calls Atlanta, Georgia home and began swimming in 2008 at the age of 4.

The pair of 17-year-olds were the highlights of day two and should be the beginning of a gold rush for the rest of Team USA.

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