Team USA swims for six medals in Montreal
MONTREAL – Tonight Team USA won a total of six medals at 2013 International Paralympic Committee Swimming World Championships in Montreal. The U.S. team remains in fourth place in the medal tally and fourth place in the gold count with 28 total medals (11 gold, 11 silver, 6 bronze).
Noga Nir-Kistler (Allentown, Pa.) won bronze in the women’s 50m Butterfly S6 in 39.63. She’s been on fire at world championships, winning four medals, three in individual events and one relay event.
Tucker Dupree (Clinton Township, Mich.) won silver in the men’s 100m backstroke S12 in1:01.16.
“I’m really happy with my time, which was a new American Record and a personal best,” said Tucker. “While at the same time it was tough to finish in second by only .03.”
Jessica Long (Baltimore, Md.) continued her winning ways with a silver in the women’s 100m freestyle S8 in 1:06.28.
“It was a hard race and I haven’t lost a 100 free since I was 12. I didn’t have a great start, but getting second has just really motivated me to train harder,” said Long.”
Roy Perkins won his third medal of the competition with a silver in the men’s 100m free S5 in 1:15.35.
“I posted a great time, but didn’t feel good and don’t think I went out as fast as I could have the first 50,” said Perkins. “Based on that, I know that I can go faster on the relay tomorrow night.”
Colleen Young (St. Louis, Mo.) won her third medal of the competition – silver – in the women’s 100m backstroke S13 in 1:15.54, and U.S. teammate Martha Reuther (Allegany, N.Y.) finished in seventh in 1:29.43.
Justin Zook (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) won the sole U.S. gold of the evening in the men’s 100m backstroke S10 with a time of 1:00.09.
“I think that for where I am at with my training right now, I swam the race about as perfectly as I could have. And obviously I am happy with the result,” said Zook.
Letticia Martinez (Las Cruces, N.M.) and Tharon Drake (Hobbs, N.M.) both finished fourth in the women’s and men’s 100m breaststroke SB11, in 1:36.90 and 1:18.16, respectively.
Sunday, August 18th is the final day of the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships. The competition features approximately 500 athletes, including 24 U.S. athletes, from nearly 60 countries. Live streaming from the competition can be seen at www.paralympic.org/events/montreal-2013/live-stream and for live results, visit www.paralympic.org/events/montreal-2013/live-results .
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