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Becca Meyers Smashes 400-meter IM World Record At Para Swimming Nationals

By Cady Lowery | Dec. 07, 2019, 12:21 a.m. (ET)

Becca Meyers swam to four world championship medals at the event held in Mexico City, Mexico. 


LEWISVILLE, Texas – Becca Meyers (Baltimore, Maryland) broke a 29-year-old world record in the 400-meter individual medley SM12 at the 2019 U.S. Paralympics Swimming Para National Championships presented by Toyota. Seven records were set, including one world and six American records, while 31 athletes claimed national titles at Westside Aquatic Center in Lewisville, Texas.

Rewriting history - Meyers dominated her first race of the day, setting a world record in the 400 IM SM12 with a time of 5:17.81 to break Paralympic legend Trischa Zorn’s 29-year-old record by almost 12 seconds. Meyers shifts her focus to the 200 butterfly and 50 freestyle in tomorrow’s competition. 

Record breakers - In addition to Meyers’ world record, six Team USA swimmers etched their names in the American record books, including Tyler Austin (Southfield, Michigan), Elizabeth Marks (Prescott, Arizona), Ethan Morrobel (Scotch Plains, New Jersey), Jonathan Pierce (Torrance, California), Samantha Tubbs (Colorado Springs, Colorado) and Adin Williams (Happy Valley, Oregon).

Dominating the pool - Multiple athletes secured two national titles on Friday, including Mikaela Jenkins (Evansville, Indiana), Jessica Long (Baltimore, Maryland), Liam Smith (Rockford, Michigan) and Adin Williams (Happy Valley, Oregon). Jenkins claimed the top spot in the women’s 100 fly and 400 free S10, while teammate Long won the women’s 100 fly and 400 free S8. On the men’s side, Smith was victorious in the 50 fly and 400 free S7, while newcomer Williams took first in the 50 fly and 400 free S6.

Record-breaking results from Dec. 6
World Record: Becca Meyers (Baltimore, Md.), women’s 400 IM SM12 (5:17.81)

American Records: Tyler Austin (Southfield, Mich.), men’s 200 breast SB14 (2:58.23); Elizabeth Marks (Prescott, Ariz.), women’s 50 back S7 (38.99); Ethan Morrobel (Scotch Plains, N.J.), men’s 100 fly S13 (1:07.17); Jonathan Pierce (Torrance, Calif.), men’s 400 free S14 (4:38.40); Samantha Tubbs (Colorado Springs, Colo.), women’s 200 breast SB9 (2:58.83); Adin Williams (Happy Valley, Ore.) 400 free S6 (5:32.40).

Competition continues Saturday at 9 a.m. CT from Lewisville, Texas, and concludes Sunday.

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Becca Meyers
“Breaking a record that old feels amazing. I’m so excited about my time in the 400 IM, as well as breaking the record held by one of the greatest swimmers of all-time, Trischa Zorn. I’m so excited to be here at nationals. It’s exciting to see old friends and get a little racing in. I have the 200 fly tomorrow, and I’m eyeing that world record as well.”

Adin Williams
“I felt pretty confident going into my race. I was ready with a pretty decent strategy beforehand, and it really paid off. I’m excited to get back in the pool tomorrow and get back to work.”

Full results from the 2019 U.S. Paralympics Swimming Para National Championships can be found here. Follow U.S. Paralympics on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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