Rutherford Sets World Mark at Paralympic World Champs

By Chris Black

MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina, December 11. MIKHAILA Rutherford set a world record to highlight action on Day Two of the IPC World Swimming Championships in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

The 14 year-old from Alameda, Calif., clocked 1:14.13 for the women's 100m backstroke to take the gold and set the record in the S10 division.

Five other Americans earned medals today: Curtis Lovejoy was second and set an American record in the men's SM2 150m Individual Medley (4:34.84)

Jarret Perry also earned silver with an American record, stopping the clock at 1:06.98 in the 100m back in the S9 category for men.

Justin Zook picked up the bronze in the men's S10 100m backstroke, posting an American record 1:05.73.

In the SM5 100m breaststroke, US swimmers took the bronze in both the men's and women's event. Brandi Van Anne finished third among the women, while Aaron Paulson was third among the men.

After two days, Great Britain leads in the medal count, though Canada has 9 golds to Britain's eight. The US is tied with Australia for fifth.

Day Two Results:
1st Mikhaila Rutherford – 100 Back S10 1:14.13 WORLD RECORD

2nd Curtis Lovejoy – 150 IM SM2 4:34.84 4:34.84 AMERICAN RECORD

2nd Jarret Perry – 100 Back S9 1:06.98 AMERICAN RECORD

3rd Justin Zook – 100 Back S10 1:05.73 AMERICAN RECORD

3rd Brandi Van Anne – 100 Breast SM5

3rd Aaron Paulson – 100 Breast SM5

5th Erin Popovich – 100 Free S7

5th Carrie Willoughby – 100 Free S13

6th Brandi Van Anne – 100 Free S6

6th Michael De Marco – 150 IM SM3

6th Aimee Bruder – 150 IM SM4

8th Angel Langer – 100 Free S6

Medal Count (Top 5 Countries)
Country G/S/B Total Medals
Great Britain 8/9/9 26
Canada 9/6/1 16
Spain 6/4/6 16
China 6/1/4 11
United States 4/2/4 10
Australia 2/4/4 10

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