Third world record for Meyers highlights finale for Team USA in Glasgow

By Brianna Tammaro | July 19, 2015, 6:30 p.m. (ET)



GLASGOW, Scotland — Becca Meyers was at it again, breaking her third world record of the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships as competition came to a close in Glasgow, Scotland. Team USA took home three medals on Day Seven to finish third in the gold medal tally and tied for fourth in the overall medal count with Great Britain for a total of 30 medals (11 gold, 11 silver, eight bronze).

Meyers (Baltimore, Maryland) brought the crowd to their feet in the women’s 100-meter butterfly S13 in a showdown to the wall with Russia’s Darya Stukalova. Meyers was edged in the end but broke the 19-year-old world record for the S13 class with a time of 1:05.03.

“It feels incredible,” Meyers said. “I had a phenomenal week in the pool and out.”

It’s been a storybook week for 20-year-old Meyers who set a world record in the 200 IM on Tuesday and discovered she won an ESPY award the next morning for Best Female Athlete with a Disability. The 2012 Paralympian went on to break another world record Thursday in the 400 freestyle while capturing three medals throughout the seven days of competition. Meyers says she took away more than just medals from Glasgow.

“I definitely learned a lot about myself and this is a nice refresher of how tough the Games are,” Meyers said. “It was a reminder that I do have to prepare mentally as well because it is a long week. I’m going to take all the lessons I learned in-and-out of the pool put them towards Rio.”

Roy Perkins swam a strong race in the men’s 100 free S5 against rivals Daniel Dias of Brazil, Andrew Mullen of Great Britain and Sebastian Rodriguez of Spain to come away with the silver medal. Perkins (Del Mar, California) touched the wall .72 of a second ahead of Mullen to seal second—his second silver medal of the world championships.

“I’m feeling really relieved and somewhat vindicated,” Perkins, a two-time Paralympian, said. “I finally had a race I was happy with.

Cortney Jordan (Henderson, Nevada) came up three-hundredths of a second short of the gold in the women’s 50-meter freestyle S7 but won her sixth world medal in Glasgow to reach the podium in every race she entered. Jordan, the 2012 Paralympic champion in the event, finished behind Russia’s Ani Palian to take silver medal this evening.

 Jordan, who competed in her first world championships in Durban, South Africa in 2006, rounded out her career collection tonight with a total of 21 world championships medals including seven titles.

U.S. athletes showcased solid performances at the Tollcross International Swimming Center with fourth place finishes from Jessica Long (Baltimore, Maryland) in the women’s 50 free S8 and the 4x100m relay consisting of Long, Hannah Aspden (Raleigh, North Carolina), Michelle Konkoly (Eagleville, Pennsylvania) and Elizabeth Smith (Muncie, Indiana).

The 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships brought together 580 athletes from across nearly 70 countries from July 13-19 in Glasgow, Scotland. Full results from the competition can be found on IPC website.