Two Beijing Gold Medalists Named Swimmers of the Meet at the 2009 Spring Can-Am Swimming ChampionshipsGRESHAM, Ore. - Two Beijing gold medalists were named Male and Female Swimmer of the Meet on the final day of the 2009 Spring Can-Am Swimming Championships in Gresham, Ore.
Based on Can-Am long course performance point charts, Jessica Long (Baltimore, Md.) was named Female Swimmer of the Meet and Roy Perkins (Del Mar, Calif.) was named Male Swimmer of the Meet.
After an impressive 100 breaststroke (SB7), Long finished with 1,040 points and took home gold in all seven events she swam.
"I wasn't expecting it at all," said Long. "I'm excited to receive it. It's always nice to be selected as Swimmer of the Meet."
The 17 year old won four gold medals at the 2008 Summer Paralympic Games.
For the first time in his swimming career, Perkins was named Male Swimmer of the Meet. The two-time Paralympian broke the world record in 100 butterfly (S5) on the first day of competition and was not far off his world record time in the 50 butterfly (S5).
"I have never been named Swimmer of the Meet before," said Perkins. "I'm excited. I had a good meet."
The 18 year old won gold in the 50 butterfly (S5) and took home the bronze medal in the 100 freestyle (S5) at the 2008 Summer Paralympic Games. Perkins finished with 1,039 points and five gold medals.
Day three meant a third American record for Joe Wise (Menlo Park, Calif.).
Wise won his third gold medal of the competition with a record breaking swim in the 1500 freestyle (S10). The 17 year old lowered his own record set at last summer's Can-Am Swimming Championships in Victoria, British Columbia by more than 11 seconds.
"I've been training really hard over the last few months and it feels great to finally lower the record," said Wise. "This meet has been special for me. It's been the best meet I've ever had."
Breaking more records was Kelley Becherer (Sheboygan, Wisc.) who lowered her own American record in the 100 backstroke (S13).
"I set that record in Beijing," said Becherer. "I'm surprised I broke it again with how fast the pool was there. I've always wanted to go a 1.10.00 in the event and I finally did it."
Becherer finished the competition with a total of six gold medals including gold in the 100 freestyle (S13). The 18 year old won the bronze medal in the event in Beijing and beat the reigning gold medalist Valérie Grand'Maison of Montreal.
Philip Scholz (Mount Sinai, N.Y.) had an impressive final day at the Spring Can-Am. Scholz shattered his own 200 butterfly (S11) American record by more than 10 seconds. The record now stands at 2.40.90.
"It was definitely the highlight of the meet for me," said Scholz of his record breaking performance. "It feels good to lower it. I have really worked for it."
Women's 200m Butterfly (S8) - Amanda Everlove (Witchita, Kan.) - 3.13.28 (1)
Men's 200m Butterfly (S10) - Matthew Lamping (Boynton Beach, Fla.) - 2.34.50 (1)
Women's 50m Breaststroke (SB9) - Anna Johannes - 43.74 (1)
Men's 50m Breaststroke (SB7) - Rudy Garcia-Tolson (Bloomington, Calif.) - 46.49 (1)
Men's 50m Breaststroke (SB9) - Kendall Bailey (La Jolla, Calif.) - 36.63 (1)
Women's 100m Backstroke (S6) - Mallory Weggemann (Eagan, Minn.) - 1.35.47 (1)
Men's 100m Backstroke (S9) - Jarrett Perry (Wichita, Kan.) - 1.07.25 (1)
Men's 100m Freestyle (S8) - Tom Miazga (Cedarburg, Wisc.) - 1.08.78 (1)
Men's 100m Freestyle (S12) - Tucker Dupree (Raleigh, N.C.) - 56.17 (1)