Team USA swimmers set two world records in Berlin

By Katie Branham | April 25, 2014, 5:20 p.m. (ET)

Tucker Dupree
Tucker Dupree set an American, Pan American and world record in Berlin.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –Tucker Dupree and Elizabeth Smith set world records to lead Team USA on the second day of competition at the 28th International German Championship today in Berlin.

Three-time Paralympic medalist Tucker Dupree (Raleigh, North Carolina) was only two-tenths of a second off of the world record in the men’s S12 50-meter backstroke in the morning’s qualifying session. But in the afternoon’s final, Dupree came back to slash the record by nine-hundredths of a second.

Smith (Muncie, Indiana) had a full day with three prelims and two finals, but the busy day was a success for Smith who set an American record in the women’s S9 50 backstroke and set a world record in the 50 butterfly. Smith’s time of 31.90 in the butterfly broke the four-year-old record by eight-hundredths of a second.

Competition in Berlin features around 600 swimmers from 30 countries and runs through Sunday. For complete results and more information, visit the event homepage.