Team USA wins four more medals in Montreal
Jessica Long added another world title to her collection on Day 2 of the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Swimming World Championships in Montreal, Canada.
MONTREAL – Day 2 of the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Swimming World Championships brought the crowning of two U.S. team members as world champions and two more silver medals to the team’s running tally.
Seventeen year old Ian Silverman (Baltimore, Md.) was the projected favorite in the men’s 400 meter free S10 event, and tonight he didn’t disappoint. Silverman won the gold in 4:05.38 - his second medal of the competition.
“At the end of the day, it’s a gold medal so I’m going to be happy regardless of my time,” said Silverman. “I wanted to win two medals here, and I got them in the first two days, so anything on top of this is gravy.”
Jessica Long (Baltimore, Md.) claimed her 16th career world title in the women’s 200m individual medley SM8 by tapping in at 2:37.11, just a little more than a second shy of her world record time (2:36.00). Long finished ahead of Great Britain’s Stephanie Slater and Russia’s Olesya Vladykina, who finished with the silver and bronze, respectively.
“I would have liked to have gone faster,” said Long. “I felt like it was a little bit of struggle the second half of the race. I took it out too fast and didn’t swim it as well as I should have, which did cost me time-wise. So I feel like I got over that hump and now I can focus on the rest of my races.”
Roy Perkins (Del Mar, Calif.) won silver, his second medal of the competition, in the men’s 200m free S5 event in 2:45.61. Now a seasoned veteran, having competed in two Paralympic Games and his third world championships, Perkins says he may have more international experience, but once he hits the blocks, all bets are off.
“Being here and seeing some of the younger swimmers makes me think back to when I first started competing and how I viewed everything and what my expectations were,” said Perkins. “Now things feel more automatic for me, everything is a process – waking up, eating, getting on the bus, the races themselves, but I still get nervous before every start, even at age group races - that’s never changed.”
In the women’s 100m breaststroke SB13, 15 year old Colleen Young (St. Louis, Mo.) won silver in the event without even realizing it. Unaware of her posted time and finish, Young climbed out of the water and was met with a great surprise.
“I didn’t know until I got out of the pool,” said Young. “There was a mix-up when our credentials were handed back to us, and when they told me I had won I was shocked and so happy. It’s really cool to have my teammates on the other side of the pool in the same race.”
U.S. teammates Martha Ruether (Allegany, N.Y.) and Cailin Currie (Danvers, Mass.) who competed against with Young finished the race in seventh (1:32.09) and eighth places (1:33.45), respectively.
Michael DeMarco (San Diego, Calif.) finished just shy of medal contention in the men’s 50m breaststroke SB2. DeMarco, who has won a bronze medal in the event in every world championships since 2002, was disappointed not to continue his streak.
“I gave it my all, but it just wasn’t my best,” said DeMarco. “I’ve got a couple more races ahead, so I hope to do better then.”
Anna Johannes (Alexandria, Va.) finished in fourth in the women’s 200m individual medley SM9, one spot up from her finish in London. Although not quite satisfied with her time (2:45.57), Johannes was happy with her race.
“I feel like I fixed a lot of things from this race in London,” said Johannes. “I felt good, I had fun, and I just love my competitors, they’re a great group of girls.”
At the conclusion of Day 2 of competition, Team USA has won a total of eight medals (5 gold, 3 silver).
The 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships run through August 18 and feature approximately 500 athletes, including 24 U.S. athletes, from nearly 60 countries. Live streaming from the competition can be seen at www.ParalympicSport.TV and for live results, visit www.paralympic.org/events/montreal-2013/live-results .
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