By Olivia Truby | Sept. 15, 2019, 5:08 p.m. (ET)

Leanne Smith competes at the Para Swimming World Championships on Sept. 15, 2019 in London.


LONDON - On the final night of competition at the World Para Swimming Championships, Leanne Smith (Salem, Massachusetts) swam to two world titles, while Mallory Weggemann (Eagan, Minnesota) and McKenzie Coan (Clarkesville, Georgia) recorded a 1-2 finish at the London Aquatics Center in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Team USA concluded the world championships with 35 medals, including 14 golds, 16 silvers and five bronzes. 


Highlights from the pool

Double gold - Smith was a force to be reckoned with in the pool, capping off her world championships debut with two titles on the final night to bring her event total to three world titles. Smith kicked off the night winning the women’s 50-meter breaststroke SB3 (57.24) and concluded the evening with the gold medal in the women’s 100 freestyle S3 (1:36.49). Both of her times marked new Pan American records. 

Seeing double - Weggemann finished her world championships in London with her second title, swimming to the gold medal in the women’s 50 free S7 in a time of 32.22. She was joined on the podium by teammate McKenzie Coan (Clarkesville, Georgia), who finished shortly behind at 32.52 for the silver medal.

Signing off with silver - Team USA capped off the world championships with a silver medal as the team of Coan, Jessica Long (Baltimore, Maryland), Mikaela Jenkins (Evansville, Indiana) and Lizzi Smith (Muncie, Indiana) finished the 4x100 free relay in 4:24.60, finishing less than one second behind the team from Great Britain. 


Team USA Results from Sept. 15

6 medals (3 golds, 3 silvers)

Gold (3): Leanne Smith (Salem, Mass.), women’s 50 breast SB3 (57.24), women’s 100 free S3 (1:36.49); Mallory Weggemann (Eagan, Minn.), women’s 50 free S7 (32.22)

Silver (3): McKenzie Coan (Clarkesville, Ga.), women’s 50 free S7 (32.52); Lawrence Sapp (Waldorf, Md.), men’s 100 fly S14 (56.96); Women’s 4x100 free relay 34 pts (Lizzi Smith, Mikaela Jenkins, Jessica Long, McKenzie Coan - 4:24.60) 

Full results can be found on the World Para Swimming Championships website.

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Quotes

Leanne Smith
“I’m feeling really good. Definitely came in with no expectations. I trained really hard this year. The last few weeks leading up were definitely hard. It’s nice to come in and see those practices pay off and see best times go down. It’s been a great week here. I’m definitely excited to have a little bit of a break, but get back in the water and get training for Tokyo.” 

Mallory Weggemann
“When we finished, we gave a big hug and McKenzie (Coan) very kindly reminded me of how much I have been through since I won gold in this pool seven years ago in the 50 free. There’s no better way than to do it beside a teammate. This has just been out of this world.” 

“London has changed the Paralympic Movement in ways that I could never begin to put into words. To see London welcome us, yet again, seven years later and do it so incredibly. The fans, the kids who have come out and everyone who organized this competition...It’s been one of the most amazing meets of my life.” 


Overall Results for Team USA from London

35 medals (14 golds, 16 silvers, 5 bronzes)

Gold (14): Evan Austin (men’s 50 fly S7), McKenzie Coan (women’s 400 free S7, women’s 100 free S7), Julia Gaffney (women’s 200m IM SM7), Robert Griswold (men’s 100 back S8, men’s 200 IM SM8), Mikaela Jenkins (women’s 100m fly S10), Elizabeth Marks (women’s 100 back S7), Becca Meyers (women’s 400 free S13), Leanne Smith (women’s 150 IM SM4, women’s 50 breast SB3, women’s 100 free S3), Mallory Weggemann (women’s 50 fly S7, women’s 50 free S7)

Silver (16): McKenzie Coan (women’s 50 free S7), Julia Gaffney (women’s 50 fly S7), Robert Griswold (men’s 100 fly S8, men’s 400 free S8), Jessica Long (women’s 100 free S8, women’s 100 fly S8, women’s 200 IM SM8), Ahalya Lettenberger (women’s 400 free S7), Becca Meyers (women’s 200 IM SM13), Gia Pergolini (women’s 100 back S13), Lawrence Sapp (men’s 100 fly S14), Leanne Smith (women’s 50 back S3), Mallory Weggemann (women’s 200m IM SM7), Colleen Young (women’s 100 breast SB13), Women’s 4x100 medley relay 34 pts (Lizzi Smith, Mikaela Jenkins, Jessica Long, McKenzie Coan - 4:58.39), Women’s 4x100 free relay 34 pts (Lizzi Smith, Mikaela Jenkins, Jessica Long, McKenzie Coan - 4:24.60)

Bronze (5): Jessica Long (women’s 500 free S8), Becca Meyers (women’s 100 free S12, women’s 100 fly S13), Lizzi Smith (women’s 100 back S9, women’s 100 fly S9)


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