World Records Fall on First Day of Can-Am Championships

July 11, 2008, 4:13 p.m. (ET)

Victoria, BRITISH COLUMBIA--2008 U.S. Paralympic Swimming Team members Jessica Long (Baltimore, Md.) and Susan Beth Scott (Cape Girardeau Mo./Colorado Springs, Colo.) have each broken a world record during the morning preliminaries at the 2008 Can-Am Championships for Swimmers with a Disability.

Long set a new mark of 1:12.90 in the S8 100m butterfly, breaking her own previous record of 1:13.25 that was set back in 2006.  This is also a new American and PanAmerican record.

Scott, recently nominated for an ESPY Award for Best Female Athlete with a Disability, set her record in the S10 800m freestyle with a time of 9:40.00.  She smashed the old record, which had stood since 1995, by nearly two seconds.  Scott's time was also good for new American and PanAmerican records.

"It's a great start to the meet to have two world records during the first morning of preliminaries," said Julie O'Neill (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 2008 U.S. Paralympic Swimming Team Head Coach.  "We're looking forward to many more fast swims throughout the weekend from the swimmers on the U.S. Paralympic Team."

Nearly all 38 members of the U.S. team that will be competing in Beijing are using the Can-Am Championships as a tune-up meet to prepare for this September's Paralympic Games.