By Pam Redding
EDMONTON, July 29. TWENTY-TWO members of the United States' Elite and National Disability swim teams recently returned from the Canadian Open Championships for Swimmers with a Disability in Edmonton, Canada.
During the four-day meet held July 17-20, U.S. swimmers set 47 American and three world records: Kelly Crowley, S9 200m free; Curtis Lovejoy, S2 150m IM; and Michael Prout, S9 200m free.
The team earned 18 gold, 28 silver and 15 bronze medals. Lovejoy was named the "Male Swimmer of the Meet" for his world record-setting performance in the 150m IM.
Results are available at Results.
Crowley swims in Barcelona Exhibition
Kelly Crowley, an S9 swimmer from Santa Clara, CA, competed in an exhibition event at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona last week. After a long trip from the Canadian Open in Edmonton, Crowley had a terrific race and improved her American record in the 100m free to 1:07.57 to earn second place in her class. The winner was Natalie du Toit from South Africa, who set a new world record at 1:02.76.
Three US Paralympics Team Members Named
As a result of their performances at the recent Canadian Open Championships for Swimmers with a Disability, the following swimmers were named to U.S. Paralympics National Team:
Jen Durrant-S9 from Oak Forest, IL
Daniel Kamber-S7 from Birmingham, AL
Trischa Zorn-S12 from Indianapolis, IN
Last Chance Meet Entries
Meet entry information for the "Last Chance" meet in Indy November 29-30 is available from Julie O'Neill (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The cut times to enter the meet are the same as those for the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games and are online at ipcswimming.org.
The meet is approved by IPC Swimming so all results from the timed final event will go into the world rankings. The meet is open to foreign competitors and the hope is to generate more slots for American swimmers to compete in 2004.