By Phillip Whitten
PHOENIX, June 23. THE heat relented a bit – down one degree to 104 – but the swimming on Day Two of the USA Swimming National Disability Championships remained red hot. Eight more worlds records fell beneath the onslaught to bring the two-day total to 26.
Spain's Xavier Torres got things going in the 200m Individual Medley in the S-4 category (see yesterday's story for an explanation of the different disability categories). Torres clocked 2:39.41 in prelims to bring the record below 2:40. In finals he lowered it to 2:34.66.
Mexico's Juan Reyes took the 50m backstroke for men in the S-4 category down to 46.36 seconds – some three seconds faster than his winning time at the Paralympic Games in Sydney last September.
The superbly conditioned Curtis Lovejoy notched the first world mark for the USA, when he won the 150m IM in the S-2 category in 4:47.86. It was the second world mark in the meet for the 44 year-old Lovejoy, who is a pariplegic. (In the 150 IM, the swimmer does 50 meters each of back, breast and free.)
In the 200m backstroke, Jennifer Butcher, the Paralympic champion, twice lowered her own world mark in the S-13 division. Butcher first clocked 2:44.36 in prelims, then improved to 2:40.50 in finals.
In the men's 200m back, Canada's Benoit Huot clocked 2:19.48. The time was a record in the S-10 division.
Four marks fell in the men's 100m breaststroke. Canada's Kirby Cole clocked 1:19.16 to take the S-13 division.
Mexico's Cristopher Tranco notched his second world record of the meet when he won the SB-1 division in 2:41.88. The USA's Curtis Lovejoy was also under the old mark with his 3:37.05.
Mexico's Arnulfo Castorena took the SB-2 record down to 2:13.42.
(Swiminfo is indebted to USA Swimming's Dave Thomas, who compiled the list of records set.)(/i>)
Complete results of prelims, finals and timed finals under RESULTS