RIO DE JANEIRO - Team USA collected eight medals on the second day of competition at the IPC Short Course Swimming World Championships to bring its total medal count to 16.
Michael DeMarco (San Diego, Calif.) was the standout performer of the day, winning gold and setting a world record of 1:00.71 in the 50m breaststroke (SB2). DeMarco also helped the men's 4 x 50m freestyle relay team (20 points) claim bronze. Joining DeMarco in that relay were Curtis Lovejoy (Atlanta, Ga.), Alex Dionne (Mequon, Wis.) and Rudy Garcia-Tolson (Riverside, Calif.).
The other gold medal performance of the day came from the women's 4 x 50m freestyle relay team (20 points) of Chery Angelelli (Clinton Township, Mich.), Casey Johnson (Cypress, Calif.), Mallorry Weggemann (Eagan, Minn.) and Kayla Wheeler (Lynwood, Wash.). The team swam a time of 3:50.55, a new American record.
Johnson won a second medal on the day, a silver, in the 50m butterfly (S6). Her time of 40.67 was good enough for new American and Pan American records.
Jessica Long (Baltimore, Md.) picked up two silver medals in her first events of the meet. She collected her hardware in the 100m IM (SM8) and 50m freestyle (S8). Long set American and Pan American records in both events.
Rounding out the medals for the day were Cortney Jordan (Henderson, Nev.) taking silver in the 100m backstroke (S7) and Susan Beth Scott (Cape Girardeau, Mo.) winning bronze in the 200m IM (SM10). Both women set American and Pan American records in their respective events.
Complete coverage of the meet can be found at http://www.swimmingrio2009.com.br/en/.