INDIANAPOLIS, November 29. U.S. Paralympics Elite Team member Travis Mohr made waves during the first session of the U.S. Paralympics Last Chance Meet in Indianapolis this morning, setting a new world record in the men’s SB6 Classification 100 meter breaststroke. Mohr’s time of 1:30.64 easily shattered the old mark of 1:31.23, held by Matthias Schlubeck of Germany, which had stood since the 1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona.
The 22-year old Mohr is a Paralympic veteran himself, having represented the USA at both the 1996 Games in Atlanta and the 2000 Games in Sydney. Currently, Mohr trains with coach Dick Shoulberg at Germantown Academy in suburban Philadelphia – with his focus on making his third consecutive Paralympic team in 2004.
Mohr’s 50 split of 42.89 seconds set a new world standard as well.
Three other American standards fell this morning during the first session: 15-year old Anessa Kemna of the Mach 3 Flyers Swim Club (MN) set a new standard in the S11 women’s 50 meter breaststroke with a time of 50.20.
Jarrett Perry, a U.S. Paralympics Elite Team member who competes for the Wichita Swim Club broke his own standard in the 50 breaststroke (SB8 men) clocking a time of 38.04.
Finally, Doug Powell bettered the mark in the S12 men’s 50 breaststroke with a time of 41.87.
In today's second session, Perry broke his own American record in the S9 men’s 100 meter backstroke, finishing in 1:06.54. Perry is currently ranked second in the world in the event and has his sights set on Athens next fall.
Mikhael Keyser, a U.S. Paralympics National Team member, also broke an American mark in the S9 men’s classification, clocking a 27.75 in the 50 meter freestyle.
Competition continues through Sunday at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis.
Competition continues through Sunday at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis