Team USA wins five medals on fifth day of swimming world championships

By Brianna Tammaro | July 17, 2015, 6:15 p.m. (ET)
Brad Snyder wins gold in the men's 100-meter freestyle S11 race on Monday, July 13 at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.


GLASGOW, Scotland – Team USA took to the podium five times today at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, including Jessica Long and Brad Snyder who stood on the top step.

Snyder (Baltimore, Maryland) put up a personal best time in the men’s 50 freestyle S11 to win three for three gold medals in Glasgow, touching the wall in 25.78. This was Snyder’s third world title over the course of five days in his first world championships with wins in the 100 free and 400 free on Monday and Tuesday, respectively. Snyder, a Navy veteran who lost his vision one year before winning Paralympic gold in 2012, also set a championship record in each race.

“Losing my vision took away my ability to serve in the U.S. Navy but the way I see it, I still serve my country by being a part of Team USA so that’s really important to me,” Snyder, the 2012 Paralympic silver medalist in the event said.

Long (Baltimore, Maryland) led from the start and swam away with the gold for her sixth world title of 2015 in the women’s 400 freestyle S8 race. The three-time Paralympian and world record holder in the event touched the wall in 4:47.95 to finish nearly 14 seconds ahead of Great Britain’s Maddison Elliott in second. For 23-year-old Long, a 17-time Paralympic and 29-time world medalist with three more events in Glasgow, winning isn’t taken for granted.

“Especially as I get older, I appreciate each [medal] more and more because it’s gotten harder to continue winning,” she said. “I think it’s awesome to get to the top but staying there is a whole different thing. For whatever reason I’ve been able to stay at the top for a long time and I’m really grateful.”

Cortney Jordan (Henderson, Nevada) filled out her spectrum of medals with silver in the women’s 50 butterfly S7, clocking in just .59 seconds behind New Zealand’s Nikita Howarth for a time of 36.52.

In his world championships debut, Robert Griswold displayed experience beyond his years in the men’s 400 free S8 to win his first world medal with the bronze. The 18-year-old from Freehold, New Jersey battled his way back from the sixth spot in the first 50-meters to finish third while also breaking his own Americas record with a time of 4:36.26. Griswold was motivated by missing out on the podium by less than a second on Wednesday’s 200 IM.

“It feels incredible,” Griswold said. “I have a weight lifted off my shoulders because I worked so hard to get here and after the 200 IM, I wasn’t sure how I was going to do but I stuck through, believed in myself and made it happen.”

Colleen Young (St. Louis, Missouri) took her second bronze medal of the competition in the women’s 100 breaststroke S13 championships record with 1:19.31 for the championship record.

Team USA heads into the sixth day in Glasgow tied for third in the medal count with 24 medals—11 gold, six silver and seven bronze.

The 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships run through July 19 at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre. Live streaming from the competition can be seen at USParalympics.org and for live results, visit the IPC website