Jessica Long Swims to Three Gold Medals on Day Two of World Championships

By Olivia Truby | Dec. 03, 2017, 11 p.m. (ET)

Jessica Long won three gold medals on day two of the World Para Swimming Championships in Mexico City.

MEXICO CITY - U.S. athletes soared to 10 medals at the World Para Swimming Championships on Sunday. Team USA ranks first in the overall medal count with 19 total won at the Francisco Marquez Olympic Swimming Pool.

Four-time Paralympian and 23-time Paralympic medalist Long began the day by defending her world title in the SB7 100-meter breaststroke (1:35.48) before claiming the world crown in the S8 100 freestyle (1:06.83). Her third gold medal of the day was in the 4x100 34-point free relay alongside Hannah Aspden (Raleigh, North Carolina), McKenzie Coan (Clarkesville, Georgia) and Natalie Sims (Minneapolis).

Paralympic silver medalist Sophia Herzog (Fairplay, Colorado) became a world champion in the SB6 100 breast, finishing the race in 1:41.62, while teammate Julia Gaffney (Mayflower, Arkansas) earned her first world championships medal - a silver - in a time of 1:45.72 alongside Herzog. Gaffney made her name known at her world championships debut with an additional bronze in the S8 100 free (1:13.80).

With second-place finishes on Sunday, three U.S. athletes collected their second medals of the event, including Paralympic medalist Robert Griswold (Freehold, New Jersey) in the S8 400 free (4:41.40), Aspen Shelton (Willow Park, Texas) in the S12 100 free (1:04.71) and Paralympian McClain Hermes (Dacula, Georgia) in the S11 100 backstroke, marking a new American record with a time of 1:26.38.

Rounding out Team USA’s medal haul for Sunday was six-time Paralympic medalist Becca Meyers (Timonium, Maryland), who tallied a second-place finish in the S13 100 free (1:01.86).


Team USA: 19

Jessica Long: 3 gold (SB7 100 breast, S8 100 free, 4x100 34-point free relay)
McKenzie Coan: 2 gold (S7 100 free, 4x100 34-point free relay)
Hannah Aspden: 1 gold (4x100 34-point free relay), 1 silver (S9 100 back)
Robert Griswold: 1 gold (S8 100 back), 1 silver (S8 400 free)
Aspen Shelton: 1 gold (S12 100 back), 1 silver (S12 100 free)
Sophia Herzog: 1 gold (SB6 100 breast)
Natalie Sims: 1 gold (4x100 34-point free relay)
McClain Hermes: 2 silver (S11 100 free, S11 100 back)
Tucker Dupree: 1 silver (S12 100 back)
Julia Gaffney: 1 silver (SB6 100 breast), 1 bronze (S8 100 free)
Becca Meyers: 1 silver (S13 100 free)
Gia Pergolini: 1 silver (S13 100 back)
Tye Dutcher: 1 bronze (S10 100 back)
Colleen Young: 1 bronze (S13 100 back)


Julia Gaffney

On winning two medals at her world championships debut...

“It feels really good. I’m really honored to swim on Team USA, and I’m super excited that I’m able to swim fast and do the best I can. It’s always been my dream to race against Jessica Long, and now it’s amazing to share a podium with her.”

Sophia Herzog

On sharing the podium with her teammate...

“It’s an honor to be here and an honor to share the podium with Julia Gaffney. It’s her first world championships, so it will be awesome to share the podium with her and have another U.S. athlete up there with me.”

Aspen Shelton

On claiming two medals at her first world championships...

“It’s absolutely amazing. I just can’t even believe I’m here. I’m just glad I can represent my country and have a great time while doing it.”


Full results from the World Para Swimming Championships can be found here. Follow U.S. Paralympics on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updated information during the event.