Top swimmers head to Miami for qualifier March 27-29

By Jamie M. Blanchard | March 25, 2014, 12 p.m. (ET)
Cortney Jordan
Reining world champion Cortney Jordan is among the athletes expected to compete March 27-29 in Miami.

Miami will host the 2014 U.S. Paralympics Spring Swimming National Championships/Spring CanAm March 27-29. More than 200 athletes, including 2013 world champions Cortney Jordan, Jessica Long, Roy Perkins, Rebecca Meyers and Ian Silverman of the United States, as well as athletes from Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico and Russia, are expected to compete in the event, which is the U.S. team qualifier for the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships.

After serving in an on camera role for NBC Olympics’ coverage of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, March 7-16, 17-time Paralympic medalist Long returns to the pool in Miami. At her last major competition, the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Swimming World Championships last summer in Montreal, Long, who competes as an S8/SB7/SM8, won three gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze medal. She competed last month at the RVA Richmond Races in Virginia, swimming one of the top times of her career in the 100-meter fly.

Jordan (S7/SB7/SM7) is also looking to replicate the success of last year. At the world championships, Jordan served as the U.S. flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony and went on to win five medals in her classification including three gold medals (50, 100 and 400m freestyle), one silver medal (100m backstroke) and one bronze medal (200m individual medley). In addition to her success with Team USA, the eight-time Paralympic medalist was a Top 30 Finalist for the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year award based on her senior season at California Lutheran University, marking the first time that a physically disabled athlete has been considered for the prestigious collegiate award.

Silverman (S10/SB9/SM10), who committed to swim collegiately at the University of Southern California in the fall, headlines the men’s events after a successful 2013 that saw him set multiple world records and win one gold medal, one silver medal and two bronze medals at worlds. He set a world record in the 400m IM last month in Richmond, Va., with a time of 4:53.24. Heading into the meet in Miami, he holds three world records, two of which were set at the 2013 nationals/Spring CanAm.

Team USA finished fourth in the medal standings at the world championships, winning 33 medals including three world titles on the men’s side and eight on the women’s side. Gold medalists Perkins and Meyers are also scheduled to compete in Miami along with Jordan, Long and Silverman. 

The results from this competition will help determine the athletes who will compete for Team USA at the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships, Aug. 6-10, in Pasadena, Calif. The Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships is the largest event of the year for U.S. swimmers. The next world championship is scheduled for 2015 with the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in September 2016.


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Preliminaries begin daily at 9 a.m.
Finals begin daily at 5 p.m.

Thursday, March 27
200m Backstroke (Classes S1-S14) Timed Final ONLY
200m Back (Open) Timed Final ONLY
100m Freestyle (Classes S1-S14)
100m Freestyle (Open) Timed Final ONLY
50m Butterfly (S1-S14)
50m Butterfly (Open) Timed Final ONLY
100m Breaststroke (Classes SB4-SB14)
100m Breaststroke (Open) Timed Final ONLY
1500m Freestyle (S6-S14) Timed Final ONLY

Friday, March 28
50m Freestyle (Classes S1-S14)
50m Freestyle (Open) Timed Final ONLY
150m Medley (SM1-SM4)
200m Individual Medley (SM5-SM14)
200m Individual Medley (Open) Timed Final ONLY
200m Butterfly (Classes S6-S14) Timed Final ONLY
200m Butterfly (Open) Timed Final ONLY
100m Backstroke (S1-S14)
100m Backstroke (Open) Timed Final ONLY
50m Breaststroke (SB1-SB14)
50m Breaststroke (Open) Timed Final ONLY

Saturday, March 29
200m Freestyle (Classes S1-S5, S14)
200m Freestyle (Open) Time Final ONLY
400m Freestyle (Classes S6-S13)
400m Freestyle (Open) Timed Final ONLY
200m Breaststroke (SB1-SB14) Timed Final ONLY
200m Breaststroke (Open) Timed Final ONLY
50m Backstroke (S1-S14)
50m Backstroke (Open) Timed Final ONLY
400m Individual Medley (SM6-SM14) Timed Final ONLY
400m Individual Medley (Open) Timed Final ONLY
100m Butterfly (S4-S14)
100m Butterfly (Open) Timed Final ONLY