Americans rewrite the record books on Day 2 of Can Am Championships

By Brianna Tammaro | March 21, 2015, 11:45 p.m. (ET)
Haley Beranbaum competes at the 2015 Can Am Para-swimming Championships at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre in Toronto.

TORONTO — Team USA set multiple American records to highlight the second day of the Can Am Para-swimming Championships at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. 

Haley Beranbaum, Robert Griswold, Jesse Greve, Dalton Herendeen Michelle Konkoly, Tucker Dupree and Evan Austin led U.S. efforts with record-setting performances at the international event. Beranbaum (Snohomish, Washington) built upon her streak in the women’s 200-meter IM for the SM5 class, breaking her own American record set in December for the event—twice. She swam a 4:06.22 in Saturday’s preliminary race and returned for the evening to beat her time by less than a second with 4:05.8. For Beranbaum, the event is a special one that keeps pushing her.

“It’s my baby,” Beranbaum said. “Breaking this record means I’m getting one step closer to Rio. It’s nice because it helps me see how I’m improving and to look at my rankings in the world.”

Jesse Greve (Kissimmee, Florida) mirrored Beranbaum’s achievement in breaking the American record twice in one day, smashing his time from the morning by 4.98 seconds in the men’s 200 IM. Greve, a 25-year-old, is a SM14 and earned his second record of the competition, taking the American honors in yesterday’s 200 freestyle. 

Paralympian Dalton Herendeen beat his time in the 100 breaststroke SB8 from the 2014 Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships in Pasadena, California by a little more than a second, coming in at a time of 1:14.70. Herendeen, a South Bend, Indiana native, also broke the Pan American record for the event and is currently fourth in the world rankings, narrowly missing third by .1 second. 

“It was extremely satisfactory,” Herendeen said. “This struggled a bit this morning so to get that time and look up to that [on the scoreboard was great]. I honestly didn’t think I was going that fast. I thought it was about 1:15 high/1:16 low so when I saw that time, it was quite remarkable.” 

In addition to setting the American record, Robert Griswold, Tucker Dupree and Michelle Konkoly added a Pan American title to their resume while at the event. Griswold (Freehold, New Jersey) set the feat in the men’s 200 IM with a time of 2:28.07 (SM8) while Konkoly (Eagleville, Pennsylvania) posted the mark, swimming a 29.41 in the women’s 50 free S9. 

Dupree (Raleigh, North Carolina), a two-time Paralympian, clocked in at 24.20 seconds for the 50 free (S12) at this morning’s preliminaries. The men’s 50 free also featured another American record by Evan Austin (Terre Haute, Indiana) with his time of 29.41 in the S8 classification. This is Austin’s second record-breaking performance of the competition after yesterday’s men’s 200 freestyle race.

Over the course of two days, Team USA has broken a total of 13 American records and seven Pan American records going into tomorrow’s final day of competition. The 2015 Can Am Para-swimming Championships closes with the men’s and women’s 100 freestyle, 50 breaststroke and 100 backstroke.

Full results from the second day of Can Ams can be found at Swimming Canada.