Connor Gioffreda competes at the Paralympic trails for Rio 2016.
LEWISVILLE, Texas – Becca Meyers (Baltimore, Maryland) and Connor Gioffreda (Timonium, Maryland) set the tone early at the Westside Aquatic Center in Lewisville, Texas, when they each set world records in their respective events at the 2019 U.S. Paralympics Swimming Para National Championships presented by Toyota.
Another one - After Meyers’ record-breaking swim on day one of nationals the women’s 400-meter IM SM12, she adjusted her focus to the women’s 200 butterfly S12 on day two. She came off the block fast and finished with a time of 2:29.86, allowing her to make history yet again to earn her second world record in as many days. Meyers finished the meet winning the 50 free S12 to cap off nationals.
Going the distance - Gioffredda made a splash on Saturday afternoon when he broke the world record in the men’s 1500 free S6, swimming a time of 22:53.84 in his final race of the meet.
Continued dominance - Multiple athletes secured two national titles on Saturday, including Ellie Marks (Prescott Valley, Arizona), McClain Hermes (Dacula, Georgia), Jamal Hill (Inglewood, California), and Liam Smith (Rockford, Michigan). Marks claimed the top spot in the women’s 100 back S7 and 100 breast SB6, while Hermes won the women’s 100 back S11 and 100 breast SB11. On the men’s side, Hill dominated the 100 back and 50 free S10, while Smith again notched two first-place finishes by winning the 100 breast SB7 and 50 free S7.
Record-breaking results from Dec. 7
World Records: Becca Meyers (Baltimore, Md.), women’s 200 fly S12 (2:29.86); Connor Gioffreda (Timonium, Md.), men’s 1500 free S6 (22:53.84)
The final day of competition begins Sunday at 9 a.m. CT from Lewisville, Texas.
“I was able to complete my goal of breaking the world record in the 1500, which I’ve wanted to do for a while. I trained really hard for this and didn’t let it out of my sight. I felt really good from the start, and I’m really proud of what I could do in the pool.”
“I’m really lucky because at the resident-athlete program, I have a really fast training partner in Julia Gaffney who’s a really talented athlete. I get to train with her and practice with her, so when I race with her, it’s just exciting. It’s always fun, and I appreciate the opportunity. My chief from the World Class Athlete Program was here tonight, this was really a fun race.”