Becca Meyers sets another world record at 2014 Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships

By Jamie M. Blanchard | Aug. 09, 2014, 11:30 p.m. (ET)
Rebecca Meyers
Becca Meyers set two world records at the 2014 Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships.

PASADENA, Calif. ― Becca Meyers rewrote the record books for the second time at the 2014 Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships, swimming a world record 2:26.86 in the women's 200-meter individual medley S13 today at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center. Through Day 4 of the competition, American swimmers have set three world records, with the other belonging to Ian Silverman (Baltimore, Maryland), en route to 27 gold medals.

“I had a feeling that I was going to set the world record but when I touched the wall, I was very, very shocked,” Meyers said. Colleen Young (St. Louis, Missouri) joined Meyers on the podium, taking a silver medal with a time of 2:35.04. Canada’s Rhea Schmidt finished third with 2:42.23.

“It feels amazing to set two world records here,” Meyers said. “I am so grateful to be a part of Team USA and to have this opportunity to swim here and break these world records.” 

On Thursday, Meyers, who is from Timonium, Maryland, set a world record in the women's 400-meter freestyle S13 race, clocking a 4:25.31 in the morning preliminary race. Heading into the meet, Meyers also held the world record in the women's 800m and 1500m free and the 400m IM for her classification. 

Meyers won two medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, her first, and is already considered a top contender for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Tom Miazga (Cedarburg, Wisconsin), a 2008 U.S. Paralympian who did not qualify for the 2012 Paralympic Games and the 2013 world championships, made a triumphant return to Team USA with a gold medal in the men’s 100m back with a 1:12.17.

“Today was awesome,” Miazga said. “It was just an honor for me to make the team after a couple hard years. I was excited just to get here, get the opportunity to race against other countries again. It’s really humbling to come out and have a lifetime best, the best time that I’ve gone since the London trials. It’s just really refreshing and relaxing. It’s good to know that I’m back on track. I’m really happy.” 

Miazga topped Argentina’s Lucas Poggi (1:19.05) and Mexico’s Luis Andrade (1:21.11).

Other American title winners include Haley Beranbaum (Snohomish, Washington) in the women’s 200m individual medley SM5 and Jessica Long (Baltimore, Maryland) in the SM8. In the men’s 200m IM, Roy Perkins (Del Mar, California) won the SM5, Cody Bureau (Latrobe, Pennsylvania) won the SM9 and U.S. Navy veteran Brad Snyder (Baltimore, Maryland) won the SM11. 

Snyder also won the men’s 100m backstroke S11, his sixth title in Pasadena. In the women’s 50m back, Alyssa Gialamas (Naperville, Illinois) won the S5 classification with Haley Beranbaum (Snohomish, Washington) second.

Other medals on Day 4: Reilly Boyt (Ft. Collins, Colorado) won the bronze SM6 in the women’s 200m IM, Cortney Jordan (Henderson, Nevada) won the bronze in the SM7, Hannah Aspden (Raleigh, North Carolina) won the bronze in the SM9 and Leslie Cichocki (Palos Hills, Illinois) won the silver in the SM14. 

Michael DeMarco won silver in the SM3 classification of the men’s 150 meter individual medley. In the men’s 200 IM, Ian Silverman (Baltimore, Maryland) won the silver in the SM10 and then added a bronze in the men’s 100m back S10. Bureau won the silver in men’s 100m back S9 with Robert Griswold (Freehold, New Jersey) third. Tucker Dupree (Raleigh, North Carolina) won silver in S13.

Team USA won silver in the men’s 4x100m 34 point relay. 

Team USA remains at the top of the medal count, winning 98 total (27 golds, 42 silvers and 29 bronzes), with one day of action remaining at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center in Pasadena, California. Preliminary races start at 9:30 a.m. with finals set for 4:30 p.m.

Australia is second with 82 (49, 19, 14) and Canada is third with 53 (6, 23, 24). Rounding out the Top 5 are Brazil with 39 (22, 9, 8) and Mexico with 37 (12, 12, 13).