U.S. Women Steal the Show in London

By Olivia Truby | Sept. 13, 2019, 2:30 p.m. (ET)

Becca Meyers set a new world record in the women’s 200-meter individual medley SM12 at the World Para Swimming Championships. 

LONDON - The women of Team USA were unstoppable on the fifth day of competition at the World Para Swimming Championships. Becca Meyers (Baltimore, Maryland) set her second world record at the championships, while Julia Gaffney (Mayflower, Arkansas) and Mikaela Jenkins (Evansville, Indiana) became world champions for the first time in their careers at the London Aquatics Center in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. 

Highlights from the pool
Double dipping - Meyers broke her second world record in London, setting a new mark in the women’s 200-meter individual medley SM12 with a time of 2:24.56. Meyers, an SM12, swam up in the SM13 class and earned the silver medal among her SM13 competitors. Less than 30 minutes later, she also took home the bronze medal in the women’s 100 freestyle S12 (1:00.72).

Long-awaited gold - Gaffney, who secured five silvers and one bronze medal at the 2017 world championships, swam to her first-ever world title, winning the gold medal in the women’s 200 IM SM7 (2:55.98). She out-touched teammate Mallory Weggemann (Eagan, Minnesota), who finished .02 seconds behind Gaffney for the silver medal. 

Sweet as silver - The team of Lizzi Smith (Muncie, Indiana), Jenkins, Jessica Long (Baltimore, Maryland) and McKenzie Coan (Clarkesville, Georgia) recorded a second-place finish in the women’s 4x100 medley relay 34 pts. Coan, who had the final leg of the relay, took off in fourth place and chased down teams from Spain and Canada to finish second behind Great Britain.

Team USA Results
Overall: 25 medals (9 golds, 12 silvers, 4 bronzes)

Sept. 13: 6 medals (2 golds, 3 silvers, 1 bronzes)

Gold (2): Julia Gaffney (Mayflower, Ark.), women’s 200m IM SM7 (2:55.98), Mikaela Jenkins (Evansville, Ind.), women’s 100m fly S10 (1:07.07)
Silver (3): Becca Meyers (Baltimore, Md.), women’s 200 IM SM13 (2:24.56); Mallory Weggemann (Eagan, Minn.), women’s 200m IM SM7 (2:56.00); Women’s 4x100 medley relay 34 pts (Lizzi Smith, Mikaela Jenkins, Jessica Long, McKenzie Coan)
Bronze (1): Becca Meyers (Baltimore, Md.), women’s 100 free S12 (1:00.72)

Full results can be found on the World Para Swimming Championships website.

Quotes
Becca Meyers
“I can’t believe I’ve set two world records. It feels amazing. My hard work has paid off, especially after making a huge coaching change. I’m really excited. I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for me as I train for Tokyo 2020.

Julia Gaffney
“I’m a world champion now. It feels really good. I’ve fought really hard for this moment and I’m super glad I was able to get the gold for Team USA. I’m stoked.”

Mikaela Jenkins
“I can’t believe it, honestly. I really, really wanted gold. Really badly. I have worked really hard for this, so I’m very happy. This is pure excitement that is throbbing through me.”

Looking Forward
Competition continues tomorrow with nine Team USA athletes taking to the pool in London, including Meyers who will go for her third world record. The full schedule can be found here

How to Watch
Fans can watch live coverage of all finals sessions on the Olympic Channel, beginning at 1 p.m. ET daily, with additional streaming online at NBCSports.com/Live or through the NBC Sports app.

Get Connected
For updates throughout the meet, follow U.S. Paralympics Swimming on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.