U.S. swimmers capture three medals on Day Six in Glasgow

By Brianna Tammaro | July 18, 2015, 6:30 p.m. (ET)
Cortney Jordan poses on the medal stand after winning bronze on Thursday, July 16 in the women’s 200 IM SM7 at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.

GLASGOW, Scotland – The sixth day of the IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland featured three medals—one silver and two bronze—from Team USA, bringing their medal count to 27 (11 gold, seven silver, nine bronze) to rank fourth in the overall medal standings.  

Seventeen-time Paralympic medalist Jessica Long (Baltimore, Maryland) came back from the third position after the first 50 meters to overtake Russia’s Olesia Vladykina for the silver medal in the women’s 100 backstroke S8, finishing in 1:19.07.

The 2012 Paralympic silver medalist in the event won her seventh medal to go into the final day as the most decorated female athlete in Glasgow. Long has two events left of her third career world championships on Sunday —the 50 freestyle S8 and 4x100m medley relay.

Cortney Jordan (Henderson, Nevada) brought home her fifth medal of the week with a bronze in the women’s 100 backstroke S7, clocking in at 1:24.90. Jordan who also owns the 2012 Paralympic bronze medal in the event, has been on the podium for every one of her races going into the final day when she’ll take on the 50 freestyle S7.

“I’m really happy with bronze because for the longest time I was fourth in this event so to be able to come back and pull off the bronze is a really good finish,” Jordan said. “I was right on my best time so to so after four events to win my fifth medal, I’m glad to have sustained it all and be on my best time. It’s really good to be where I am heading into Rio.”

Tharon Drake returned to the podium one step higher with the silver medal in the men’s 100 breaststroke SB11, battling with third place Oleksandr Mashchenko of Russia in the last 25 meters to finish in a time of 1:15.26. The Hobbs, New Mexico native won bronze—his first world championships medal—on Tuesday in the 400 freestyle alongside teammate Brad Snyder (Baltimore, Maryland) who took the gold. For Drake, success at the world championships means so much more than a pair of medals.

“Being able to contribute to the medal count is a big part of an amazing legacy now that I can say I’ve etched my name in; I’m part of Team USA and I’m a medalist,” Drake said. “I’m etching my name into history with the best country in the world and I get to do that here today. It’s just mind-boggling to think about.”

Podium performances weren’t the only notable ones from Team USA. Four U.S. athletes finished in fourth, including: Hannah Aspden (Raleigh, North Carolina) in the women’s 400 freestyle S9, Robert Griswold (Freehold, New Jersey) in the men’s 100 backstroke, Becca Meyers (Baltimore, Maryland) in the women’s 100 freestyle S13 and Letticia Martinez (Las Cruces, New Mexico) in the women’s 100 breaststroke SB11.

The 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships wrap up Sunday at the Tollcross International Swimming Center where 580 athletes from across nearly 70 countries have come to compete for world titles. Live stream coverage can be found on USParalympics.org  with full results on the IPC website.