Robert Griswold sets Pan American record on second day of the World Para Swimming World Series

By Olivia Truby | June 10, 2017, 9 p.m. (ET)

Robert Griswold sets an American and Pan American record in the S8 100-meter backstroke at the World Para Swimming World Series in Indianapolis on June 10, 2017.

INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. athletes secured 26 individual wins on the second day of the World Para Swimming World Series, which included a new mark in the record book. The event at the Indiana University Natatorium is the fourth stop of the first-ever world series circuit.  

En route to setting an American and Pan American record, Robert Griswold (Freehold, New Jersey) finished the S8 100 backstroke in a time of 1:04.34, while Caleb Cripe (Middlebury, Indiana) won the same event in the S7 class.

The trio of Rebecca Meyers (Timonium, Maryland), Colleen Young (St. Louis, Missouri) and Martha Ruether (Allegany, New York) swept the finals of the S13 50 freestyle, while Meyers, Young and Madeleine Babcock (Belmont, Massachusetts) dominated the SM13 200 individual medley.

Athletes with multiple individual victories on Saturday evening include Vica Beelner (Decatur, Georgia), Curtis Lovejoy (Atlanta, Georgia), Meyers, Casandra Shaffer (Bend, Oregon), Zachary Shattuck (Mt. Airy, Maryland), Leanne Smith (Salem, Massachusetts) and Breanna Sprenger (Avon, Ohio).

The World Para Swimming World Series event concludes Sunday, with the preliminary round beginning at 9 a.m. ET, followed by finals at 5 p.m. The sessions are open and free to the public.

Robert Griswold
“It felt really good. I think it was a culmination of things I’ve been working hard on at practice. Since I’ve gotten back from Rio, I’ve been working on my closing speed and just focusing on winning at the end of the race and doing all the little things right.” 

Rebecca Meyers
“It was a good swim. I felt strong and I finished strong. It was fun to swim with my teammates, Colleen and Martha, and to go 1-2-3. It’s a good indication of where I stand this season and what I need to work on as I gear up for [world championships in] Mexico City.” 

Competition will conclude Sunday with the 100 free and the 50 and 100 butterfly. Full results of each session can be found here

For more information, please contact Olivia Truby, U.S. Paralympics, at 920-428-1700 or