COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Day 2 of the U.S. Paralympics Spring Swimming Nationals/2013 Spring CanAm resulted in more records broken including 10 world marks. Following his world record on opening day of the competition at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Ian Silverman (Baltimore, Md.) set another world record Friday with an 8:35.69 in the men's 800 meter freestyle (S10) while Canada and Colombia swimmers combined for the other world marks.
After almost breaking a world record in her swims Thursday, Victoria Arlen (Exeter, N. H.) was at record again speed Friday. She surpassed the American and Pan American records for the women's 50m freestyle race (S6), swimming a 34.97.
"I was hoping for the best and trusted my training," Arlen said. "Staying on pace and with good competitors pushing me, I was really happy to get under 35 seconds. My coach believed I could do it and that hard work does pay off."
Kayla Wheeler (Seattle, Wash.), who set two world records on Day 1, had another strong swim today, resulting in an American and Pan American record in the women's 50m freestyle (S1) with a time of 1:21.77.
The women's 50m breaststroke (SB5) American and Pan American records were broken by Nora Nir-Kistler (Allentown, Pa.) with her time of 49.07.
Haley Beranbaum (Snohomish, Wash.) set the American record for the women's 200m individual medley (SM5), first in the preliminaries with a time of 4:17.59 and then again in the final with a second to spare at 4:16.39.
"My race felt smooth and fast. I wasn't expecting a 4:16," said Beranbaum after the win. "Training has been going well and I have been doing more weight lifting which made me feel really strong coming into this meet. I had great competitors pushing me throughout the race and I'm really happy with the outcome."
Other world records set Saturday: Colombia's Moises Fuentes in the men's 50m breaststroke (SB4) with 43.55 in the preliminary and then a 43.44 in the final; Canada's Kristie Kasko in the women's 50m breaststroke (S14) with 42.33, 100m backstroke (S14) with a 1:17.97 and 200m IM (SM14) with a 2:49.26; Canada's Justine Morrier in the women's 100m backstroke (S14) with 1:17.79 and 200m IM (SM14) with 2:51.13; Canada's Adam Rahier with a 2:236.14 in the preliminary of the men's 200m IM (SM14); and Canada's Maxime Rousselle with a 2:23.26 in the final of the men's 200m IM (SM14).
The last round of competition in Minneapolis begins Saturday at 5 p.m. central time. Live results can be found from the smart phone app "Hytek Meet Mobile" or from the results website.
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