BISMARCK, North Dakota, June 16. THE USA Paralympics Swimming Trials closed like it opened, with world records from Jessica Long and Victoria Arlen. USA Paralympics will name the Paralympic roster soon.
Long kept adding to her world record tally, coming into today officially at four even though she'd swam under 50 split world records as well. This morning, Long blasted a 2:37.71 in the women's SM8 200 IM, besting her world record of 2:38.15 from Aug. 2011. She then cut nearly two more seconds off the standard with a blistering 2:36.00 during finals. Long just missed another world record, this one in the women's S8 100 free. She posted a 1:06.53, just shy of her world and American record of 1:06.50 set in Aug. 2011.
Victoria Arlen snared another world record, this time with a sterling time of 1:14.74 in the women's S6 100 free. That performance wiped out the 1:15.97 set by Eleanor Simmonds in Aug. 2010. Her prelim swim of 1:16.54 also smashed the American record of 1:18.66 Arlen set at GTAC in May of this year, before she lowered it again this evening with her global mark.
Mallory Weggemann clipped her American record in the women's S7 100 free with a 1:08.42. The effort undercut her 1:08.45 from Aug. 2010, and moved her closer to Jacqueline Freney's world record of 1:08.03 set earlier this year at Aussie Trials.
Haley Beranbaum twice lowered the women's SM5 200 IM American record with a 4:26.03 and 4:25.09 in prelims and finals. She held the previous record with a 4:31.77 from May of this year.
Anna Johannes downed the American record in the women's SM9 200 IM during prelims with a 2:41.50 before winning the race with a 2:43.93 at night. The prelim time cut her 2:42.75 from April of this year.
Evan Austin shot down another American record, this time with a 2:38.17 in the men's SM8 200 IM. That swim eclipsed the 2:39.79 set by Travis Mohr at the 2004 Paralympics in Athens. He returned in the men's S8 100 free with an American record 1:04.95. The effort surpassed the 1:05.86 also set by Mohr in Athens.
Justin Zook picked up a 57.64 in the men's S9 100 freestyle finale, undercutting the American record 58.14 set by Cody Bureau at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing.
Kayla Wheeler turned in a 2:55.97 in the women's S1 100 freestyle, crushing the 3:04.40 American record she set at the Jimi Flowers meet in Feb. of this year. Alyssa Gialamas posted a 1:36.63 in the women's S5 100 free, cutting more than two seconds from her American record of 1:39.27 from July 2011.
Rafael Castillo put up a 1:14.46 on the scoreboard in the men's S6 100 freestyle, lowering his prelims American record. His prelim time of 1:15.31bested the American record of 1:17.75 posted by Martin Parker back in 1992. Lantz Lamback tied his American record in the men's S7 100 free with a preliminary 1:02.10 before winning finals with a 1:03.55.
Ian Silverman clocked a 16:56.83 in the men's S10 1500 freestyle, clearing the American record of 17:07.06 set by Joe Wise in March 2009.