U.S. swimmers set records on second day in Berlin

By Brianna Tammaro | April 17, 2015, 4:23 p.m. (ET)
(L-R) Michelle Konkoly, Jessica Long, Becca Meyers and Colleen Young broke records, including world records by Long, Meyers and Young, Apr. 17, 2015 at IDM Berlin in Germany.

BERLIN – After breaking her own world record in Thursday’s 800 meter free, Jessica Long rewrote her name in the record books again with teammates Becca Meyers and Colleen Young on the second day of IDM Berlin. 

The Paralympians broke a trio of records as Long, Meyers and Young earned world, American and Pan American marks for their performances in Friday’s races. Young, who competes in the S13 class, set off the record-breaking day by winning silver in the women’s 200 breaststroke. The St. Louis-native clocked in at 2:51.36 to break the former record by Canada’s Kirby Cote in 2001. Young also took silver in the women’s 400 IM for her classification.

Long (Baltimore, Maryland) built on her success in Berlin, swimming a 5:38.71 in the women’s 400 IM (S8) to break her own world record and win another gold medal. The 12-time Paralympic gold medalist took nearly nine seconds off her previous record set in 2010.

Meyers (Timonium, Maryland) took a step up on the podium from Thursday’s second place finish in the women’s 100 fly by winning the women’s 50 fly race. Her gold medal performance in the S13 class shaved more than six-tenths of a second off the former record, coming in at 29.81.

American and Pan Am records were also broken in the women’s 100 free by Michelle Konkoly (Eagleville, Pennsylvania) who swam the feat with a 1:03.20.

Team USA increased its medal count with five additional pieces of hardware on Friday. Tucker Dupree (Raleigh, North Carolina) joined Young, Long and Meyers on the medal stand with a 1:01.39 third place finish in the men’s 100 backstroke for the S12 class.

More than 40 countries are competing April 16-19 at IDM Berlin. Information, results and live stream from the international meet are available at the event website.