LONDON – A beautiful day in London greeted swimmers and fans for another busy day at the aquatics center that was highlighted by two silvers and one bronze for U.S. swimmers.
“It took all of us to get this silver,” said Anna Eames (Golden Valley, Minn.). Eames and her teammates, Susan Beth Scott (Cape Girardeau, Mo.), Victoria Arlen (Exeter, N.H.) and Jessica Long (Baltimore, Md.) swam a powerful race in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay (34 points) bringing home the silver in a time of 4.24.57. While each of these swimmers has experienced individual successes, winning a relay is a different feeling.
“It so much fun to be in the ready room together,” said Arlen. “We knew we each had a role to play and getting a silver to share with each other is pretty awesome.”
An elated Cortney Jordan (Henderson, NV) came into the women’s 100m freestyle (S7) final as the reigning silver medalist in this event from Beijing. Ranked fourth after this morning’s preliminaries she swam a 1.11.63 to finish second.
“Getting the silver again is awesome,” said Jordan. “I wasn’t feeling great today and really didn’t know how the race would go, this is too good – silver is my favorite color.”
Jordan has already won a bronze in London in the women’s 100m backstroke (S7).
Lantz Lamback (Colorado Springs, Colo.) took his first medal of the Games, a bronze in the men’s 100m freestyle (S7) with a time of 1.01.50. The close race was a great fit for this experienced swimmer.
“I got an American record, swam a personal best time and got a bronze in what is probably my last Games, it’s just really great,” said Lamback.
Navy Lt. Bradley Snyder (St. Petersburg, Fla.), who has already won a gold and silver at these Games, put in a solid performance in the men’s 100m breaststroke (SB11) finishing sixth in a time of 1.19.48. Snyder will hit the pool again later this week in the 400m freestyle (S11), 100m butterfly (S11) and 200m individual medley (SM11).
”I have the next two days off,” said Snyder. “Ideally I will get some downtime, then a loosen up swim, then back at it hard on Thursday.”
Letticia Martinez (Las Cruces, N.M.) also swam in the finals tonight finishing eighth in the women’s 100 breast (SB11) coming into the wall in a time of 1.41.10.
Team USA competes again Tuesday at the Aquatics Center.