2008 PARALYMPIC GAMES: Popovich Sets Paralympic Record in 50m Freestyle (S7)

Sept. 14, 2008, 1:12 a.m. (ET)

Sept. 14, 2008

BEIJING, China - On day eight of swimming competition at the National Aquatics Center, U.S. Women's Swimming Team co-captain Erin Popovich (Fort Collins, Colo./Silverbow, Mont.) set a Paralympic Record (34.22 ) in the women's 50m freestyle (S7) prelims. Popovich, who has won four gold medals and one silver so far at the meet, is looking to "go out with a bang" on her last race of the Beijing Paralympic Games.

"I want it really bad," said Popovich. "I want to show that I can hold it in the prelims and then do just as great tonight. The 50 [meter] is tricky. In the 400 [meter races], you can play with it and see where to make your move. In this one, you have to go all out."

U.S. teammate Cortney Jordan (Henderson, Nev.) will also be vying for a medal in the 50m freestyle (S7.) Going into finals, she is seeded fourth with a time of 35.57.

"That was a best time for me and I feel really strong," said Jordan. "Tonight's going to be a great race. I feel really prepared. The other races [in Beijing] have given me a lot of experience and I'm ready to go out and get another medal."

In addition to Jordan, five more U.S. swimmers are seeded third or fourth heading into Sunday finals: Miranda Uhl (Alachua, Fla.), Kelley Becherer (Sheboygan, Wis.), Lantz Lamback (Colorado Springs, Colo./Augusta, Ga.), Justin Zook (Plymouth, Minn.) and Susan Beth Scott (Colorado Springs, Colo./Cape Girardeau, Mo.)

In total, 13 U.S. athletes will be competing in tonight's finals:

17:10 Men's 50m Freestyle (S12) - Tucker Dupree (Raleigh, N.C.) - 25.41 (5)

17:43 Women's 150m IM (SM4) - Aimee Bruder (Birmingham, Ala.) - advanced directly to finals due to number of entrants in event

18:16 Women's 400m Freestyle (S6) - Miranda Uhl (Alachua, Fla.) - 6:00.34 (3)

18:46 Women's 100m Backstroke (S13) - Kelley Becherer (Sheboygan, Wis.) - 1:13.06 (3)

19:07 Men's 50m Freestyle (S7) - Lantz Lamback (Colorado Springs, Colo./Augusta, Ga.) - 29.95 (3)

19:12 Women's 50m Freestyle (S7) - Erin Popovich (Fort Collins, Colo./Silverbow, Mont.) - 34.22 (1, PR)

19:12 Women's 50m Freestyle (S7) - Cortney Jordan (Henderson, Nev.) - 35.57 (4)

19:38 Women's 50m Freestyle (S8) - Jessica Long (Baltimore, Md.) - 32.54 (5)

19:38 Women's 50m Freestyle (S8) - Amanda Everlove (Colorado Springs, Colo.) - 32.96 (6)

20:04 Women's 50m Freestyle (S9) - April Kerley (Loveland, Ohio) - 30.76 (6)

20:25 Men's 50m Freestyle (S10) - Justin Zook (Plymouth, Minn.) - 24.92 (4)

20:30 Women's 50m Freestyle (S10) - Susan Beth Scott (Colorado Springs, Colo./Cape Girardeau, Mo.) - 29.67 (4)

20:30 Women's 50m Freestyle (S10) - Anna Eames (Golden Valley, Minn.) -29.78 (5)

Additional results from Sunday preliminaries:

Men's 50m Freestyle (S11) - Philip Scholz (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) - 29.23 (13)

Women's 400m Freestyle (S6) - Casey Johnson (Cypress, Calif.) - 6:49.80 (10)

Men's 50m Freestyle (S9) - Cody Bureau (Colorado Springs, Colo./Latrobe, Pa.) - 27.11 (11)

Men's 50m Freestyle (S9) - Mark Barr (Davis, Calif.) - 27.89 (18)

Men's 50m Freestyle (S9) - Michael Prout (West Springfield, Mass.) - 28.12 (19)

Women's 50m Freestyle (S9) - Elizabeth Stone (Grand Rapids, Mich.) - 31.24 (10)

Women's 50m Freestyle (S10) - Ashley Owens (Stockbridge, Ga.) - 30.29 (9)


"It's going to be a tough race tonight. The competition is getting faster and tougher. I'm working really hard."

"I had a pretty good race. It was right on time for prelims. Hopefully I'll have a good race tonight."


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