Lawrence Sapp and Adin Williams Each Win Three Titles On The Final Day Of U.S. Para Swimming Nationals

By Cady Lowery | Dec. 08, 2019, 11:10 p.m. (ET)

Lawrence Sapp races to a gold medal in the 100 back S14 at the 2017 world championships. 


LEWISVILLE, Texas – Lawrence Sapp (Waldorf, Maryland) and Adin Williams (Happy Valley, Oregon) stole the show on day three of the 2019 U.S. Paralympics Swimming Para National Championships presented by Toyota. Sapp and Williams both won their final three races at the Westside Aquatic Center in Lewisville, Texas, to leave with five medals each to tie for the most medals of the meet. 

Sapp shows up - On the final day of competition, Sapp won each of his three races. The 18-year-old phenom ended the night by winning the men’s 100-meter freestyle S14, beating teammate Jonathan Pierce (Torrance, California). He finished the meet with five medals. 

Rising star - Paralympic hopeful Williams took home five medals from the U.S. Para swimming nationals, ending his final day of competition by setting the American record in the men’s 100 free S6 with a time of 1:12:89. 

Taking home the hardware - Multiple swimmers garnered three or more national titles at the meet, including Sapp, Williams, McClain Hermes (Dacula, Georgia), Jamal Hill (Inglewood, California), Jessica Long (Baltimore, Maryland) and Liam Smith (Rockford, Michigan).

Records from U.S. Paralympics Swimming Para National Championships presented by Toyota

World records

Becca Meyers (Baltimore, Md.) women’s 400 IM SM12 (5:17.81), women’s 200 fly S12 (2:29.86)

Connor Gioffreda (Timonium, Md.) men’s 1500 free (22:53.84)

American records

Tyler Austin (Southfield, Mich.) men’s 200 breast SB14 (2:58.23)

Ellie Marks (Prescott, Ariz.) women’s 50 back S7 (38.99)

Ethan Morrobel (Scotch Plains, N.J.) men’s 100 fly S12 (1:07.17)

Jonathan Pierce (Torrance, Calif.) men’s 400 free S14 (4:38.40)

Samantha Tubbs (King George, Va.) women’s 200 breast SB9 (2:58.83)

Adin Williams (Happy Valley, Ore.) men’s 400 free S6 (5:32.40), men’s 100 free S6 (1:12.89)


Sophia Herzog

“I am really happy with my 200 IM time because I’ve been training hard for that race with my new coach. We’ve been hammering that hard, and the whole plan we put into place came out like we wanted. It worked, and I’m really happy with the swim for the middle of the season. Now I’ll work on getting my power and endurance back.”

Haven Shepherd

“I partially came here to see where my training is at, and I’ve got a few things I need to work on. It’s all a mindset. My 100 breast was hard, but I know that I’ve worked hard all month leading up to this. Now I know what I need to work on, but it’s all mental for me.”


Full results from the 2019 U.S. Paralympics Swimming Para National Championships presented by Toyota can be found here. Follow U.S. Paralympics on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.