Griswold Records Four Wins On Final Stop Of Swimming World Series

By Stafford Braxton | July 10, 2017, 2 p.m. (ET)


Robert Griswold had a record-setting weekend on the final stop of the World Para Swimming World Cup in Berlin. 

The World Para Swimming World Series concluded Sunday evening in Berlin, with U.S. athletes setting a total of 21 records across the three days of competition. The event in Germany marked the final stop of the first-ever world series circuit.

Robert Griswold (Freehold, New Jersey) raised the bar once again, setting two world records and recording four overall wins on the weekend. His first world record would come in the S8 50-meter backstroke, clocking a time of 30.24. He set the American and Pan American record in the same event earlier that morning in prelims. In the 200 back, he beat the competition, setting his second world record in a time of 2:17.77. He recorded an additional win in the 100 back, setting the American and Pan American record in 1:03.92. With assistance from teammates Joseph Peppersack (Hopewell, Virginia), David Gelfand (Weston, Connecticut) and Matthew Torres (Ansonia, Connecticut), Griswold also took gold in the 4x100 relay.  

Newcomer Aspen Shelton (Willow Park, Texas) made her mark in the pool, setting the American, Pan American and world record in the S13 200 back with a time of 2:30.69.

Connor Gioffreda (Timonium, Maryland) set the American record in the S6 200 freestyle with a time of 2:49.83, while also setting the American and Pan American record in the 800 free in 13:05.35.

McKenzie Coan (Clarkesville, Georgia) recorded a win the S7 200 free, while Gia Pergolini (Roswell, Georgia) grabbed the American and Pan American records in the S13 50 back with a time of 31.58. 

Team USA will compete next at the U.S. Paralympics Swimming World Championship Trials in Colorado Springs, Colorado with hopes of claiming spot on the coveted world championships team, July 21-23. The World Para Swimming World Championships will take place in Mexico City from Sept. 30 – Oct. 6.