Jessica Long Sets Two U.S. Disability Records; Kolbe, Demarco Notch One Apiece

By Julie O'Neill

GRESHAM, Oregon, USA, July 16. U.S. Paralympics Elite Team member Jessica Long (Baltimore, Md.) set two American and two Pan-American records for disability swimmers during the course of the Day 2 preliminaries at the 2005 U.S. Paralympics Swimming National Championships.

Finishing first in the S8 women’s 100-meter backstroke event, Long broke the previous American and Pan-American standard by more than a second, touching the wall in 1:29.35. In the 200 individual medley (SM8 Classification), she bettered her own standard with a three-second improvement, finishing in 3:02.59.

U.S. Paralympics National team members Beth Kolbe (Tiffin, Ohio) and Michael DeMarco (San Diego, Calif.) also set new American marks during the preliminaries. Kolbe finished in 1:18.71 in the S3 women’s 50-meter backstroke, bettering the standard she set in May at the Paralympic World Cup, while DeMarco finished in 3:44.65 in the Men’s SM3 150-meter individual medley to improve the mark he set this past spring at the GTAC Disability Open.

Complete results are available at www.usparalympics.org.

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