RIO DE JANEIRO - Team USA collected eight medals on the first day of competition at the IPC Short Course Swimming World Championships.
Leading the way for the U.S. was newcomer Mallory Weggemann (Eagan, Minn.). Weggemann won a gold medal and set a world record in the 400m freestyle (S7), finishing in 5:08.53. Right behind her were teammates Cortney Jordan (Henderson, Nev.) and Erin Popovich (Silverbow, Mont.) claiming silver and bronze for an American sweep in the event.
Cheryl Angelelli (Clinton Township, Mich.) won the other gold of the day for Team USA. She won the 50m freestyle (S4) in 52.26, a new American and Pan American record, to top the podium.
The men also had a great showing on day one, claiming three silver medals and one bronze: Michael DeMarco won silver in the 50m freestyle (S3); Curtis Lovejoy (Atlanta, Ga.) took silver in the 50m freestyle (S2); Alex Dionne (Mequon, Wis.) earned silver in the 400m freestyle (S7) and Phillip Scholz (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) won bronze in the 200m IM (SM11).
Team USA also broke a total of 13 American records and nine Pan American records. Complete coverage of the meet can be found at http://www.swimmingrio2009.com.br/en/.