MONTREAL – After seven days of competition, the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Swimming World Championships came to a close tonight at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal. Team USA wrapped up the final night of competition by winning five medals (three bronze, two silver), and in fourth place in the medal tally with a total of 33 (11 gold, 13 silver, nine bronze).
All five medals won tonight were in individual events. Cortney Jordan (Henderson, Nev.), who medaled in every event she competed in at worlds, got things started with bronze in the women’s 200 individual medley SM7 in 3:10.31.
Elizabeth Smith (Muncie, Ind.), who competed in her first world championships, won her first medal of the competition - bronze – in the women’s 100m back S9 with a time of 1:15.91.
"I'm really happy with my bronze medal in the 100 back,” said Smith. “It was a personal best time and winning my first individual medal was a great way to end the meet on the last day of competition.”
Ian Silverman (Baltimore, Md.) won bronze in the men’s 50m free S10, and also set a new American record with his time of 24.52.
Roy Perkins (Del Mar, Calif.) won silver in the 50m free S5 in 33.17 and set a new American record.
Rebecca Meyers (Timonium, Md.) won the last U.S. medal of the night - silver in the women’s 100m free S13 in 1:02.91.
Other noteworthy U.S. performances included the following.
In women’s competition, Kayla Wheeler (Seattle, Wash.) finished sixth in the women’s 50m fly S2 in 1:47.60, and set a new American record and IPC Americas record in her classification.
Anna Johannes (Alexandria, Va.) finished seventh in the women’s 100m back S9 in 1:21.38.
Noga Nir-Kistler (Allentown, Pa.) finished just shy of the podium in fourth place in the women’s 100m free S6.
Alyssa Gialamas (Napervile, Ill.) finished seventh in the women’s 50m free S5 with a time of 46.67.
Letticia Martinez (Las Cruces, N.M.) finished fifth in the men’s 200 individual medley SM11 in 3:06.65 and set a new American record.
Martha Ruether (Allegany, N.Y.) finished seventh in the women’s 100m free S13 in 1:06.53.
And in men’s competition, Cody Bureau (Latrobe, Pa.) finished seventh in the men’s 100m back S9 in 1:06.20.
Justin Zook (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) took sixth in the men’s 50m free S10 in 25.13.
Tharon Drake (Hobbs, N.M) 200m individual medley SM11 in 2:45.35.
Complete results from the competition can be found at http://www.paralympic.org/events/montreal-2013/live-results .
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