RIO DE JANEIRO - Team USA collected five gold medals, one silver and two bronze on the third day of competition at the IPC Short Course Swimming World Championships. Wednesday's haul brings the total U.S. medal count to 24.
Tucker Dupree (Raleigh, N.C.) led the way for the men, winning gold and swimming a world record time of 58.29 in the 100m butterfly (S12). Dupree also picked up a bronze medal in the 400m freestyle (S12). His time of 4:20.27 set new American and Pan American records.
The men claimed two more gold medals on day three; Phillip Scholz (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) topped the podium in the 400m freestyle (S11) and Michael DeMarco (San Diego, Calif.) took top honors in the 200m freestyle (S3). Both men also set American and Pan American records in their respective events.
Rounding out the medalists on the men's side was Rudy Garcia-Tolson (Riverside, Calif.) winning bronze and setting new American and Pan American records in the 200m IM (S8).
The women won two gold medals on the day with Jessica Long (Baltimore, Md.) taking gold and setting a new world record of 4:46.56 in the 400m freestyle (S8), while Cheryl Angelelli (Clinton Township, Mich.) won gold in the 200m freestyle (S4). Angelelli also set new American and Pan American records in that event.
Long, Erin Popovich (Silverbow, Mont.), Cortney Jordan (Henderson, Nev.) and Susan Beth Scott (Cape Girardeau, Mo.) swam to a silver medal in the women's 4 x 100m freestyle relay team (34 points), while also setting new American and Pan American records.
Complete coverage of the meet can be found at http://www.swimmingrio2009.com.br/en/.