Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships: Jessica Long Downs Another World Record

EDMONTON, Canada, August 12. JESSICA Long (Baltimore, Md.) took down her second world record in as many days, continuing to lead a strong performance from Team USA at the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships.

Long, who claimed two gold medals and set a world record in the 400m freestyle (S8) to open the competition on Wednesday, came back Thursday with another dominating and record-setting swim in the 100m butterfly (S8). Long won gold and established a new world record time of 1:11.14 to earn the top spot on the podium.

Also winning medals in the 100m butterfly events were Anna Eames (Golden Valley, Minn.), winning silver in the S10 category, and Kelley Becherer (Sheboygan, Wis.), winning silver in the S13 category.

However, Long wasn't the only U.S. athlete breaking records on the second day of competition. Mallory Weggemann (Eagan, Minn.) won gold and set a new American record in the 50m butterfly (S7) with a time of 34.56; Elizabeth Stone (Grand Rapids, Mich.) took silver and claimed an American record in the 100m butterfly (S9) with a time of 1:12.16; and Tucker Dupree (Raleigh, N.C.) earned a silver medal and set an American record in the 50m freestyle (S12) with a time of 24.80. Dupree also won gold in the 400m freestyle (S12).

Team USA's remaining gold medal of the day came from Lantz Lamback (Augusta, Ga.) in the 400m freestyle (S7). Lamback picked up a second medal, this one silver, in the 50m freestyle (S7).

Lamback and Dupree weren't the only double medalists for the U.S. on day two, as the team hauled in a total of four gold, 10 silver and three bronze medals on Thursday.

Curtis Lovejoy (Atlanta, Ga.) won silver in the 50m freestyle (S2) and bronze in the 200m freestyle (S2), while Roy Perkins (Del Mar, Calif.) picked up silver medals in both the 50m and 200m freestyle (S5) events.

Four American men earned spots on the podium in the 400m freestyle: Michael Prout (West Springfield, Mass.) won silver in the S9 category, while Tom Miazga (Milwaukee, Wis.) won silver in the S8 category; and Rudy Garcia-Tolson claimed bronze in the S8 category with Joe Wise taking bronze in the S10 category.

Team USA has won a total of 32 medals in the first two days of competition.

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