Live Recap: Day 2 Finals, U.S. Paralympic Swimming Trials

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Everything about the finals session for day 2 of the U.S. Paralympic Swimming Trials can be found here!

Yesterday marked the start of the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Trials at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. The event commenced yesterday, Thursday June 30, and will be completed Saturday evening, July 3. The Trials features swims from athletes across a range of classification categories.

Over 400 athletes are competing in this year’s Paralympic Trials, with the hope of representing Team USA at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games (September 7 – 18), following the 2016 Olympic Games (August 5 – 21). Four women and three men will represent the U.S. at the Rio Paralympic Games.

Note: The Paralympic classification system for athletes competing in swimming is coded with an S followed by a number. A swimmer competing in a lower number category indicates that they have a physical impairment that has more impact on their ability to compete in swimming. For example, a swimmer in the S2 category has more severe activity limitation in the water than a swimmer in the S14 category. A more detailed description of the classification system can be found here. 

Tonight’s Timeline Is As Follows:

Tonight’s full results available here.

Women’s 50m back (S1-S5)

Alyssa Gialamas, the top seed coming into tonight’s final, touched the wall first with a best time of 47.47 dropping a second from her preliminary swim.  Haley Beranbaum finished second behind Gialamas and was just off her best time, swimming a 1:00.58.  Victoria BeeIner was third in the event, and was right at her preliminary time, finishing at 1:16.37.

Men’s 50m back (S1-S5)

American Record holder in the event, Michael DeMarco (S3), was the top finisher overall in the event with a time of 1:02.38, dropping from his preliminary swim, but still slightly off his best time.  Carson Tueller (S4) was also just off his best, posting a 1:04.83; Curtis Lovejoy was also just off his preliminary time, swimming a 1:17.12.

Women’s 100m fly (S8-S13)

American Record holder in the event, Jessica Long (S8) was the top seed going into tonight’s finals for her class, and finished a second faster than her preliminary time at 1:11.75.  Mallory Weggemann (S8) was behind her at 1:18.98, dropping a second from her best time.  Brickele Bro (1:31.00) and Nelya Stary Schasfoort (1:31.57) both dropped over 2 seconds from their preliminary swims.

American Record holder in the event, Rebecca Meyers (S13), dropped a second from the preliminary session, but still was off her best, touching first at a 1:07.02.  Savannah Larson was the top finisher for the S10 class at 1:44.10, and American Record holder in the event, Elizabeth Smith, was the top finisher for the S9 class.  Smith dropped a little from her preliminary swim, but was still off her best time by about a second.

Men’s 100m fly (S8-S13)

American Record holder in the event, Ian Silverman (S10), was the top seed going into tonight’s final, but came up short, posting a time of 1:09.55.  Dalton Herendeen (S10) finished first with a time of 1:03.58, adding just a touch off his best this morning.

Bradley Snyder was the top finisher for (S11) dropping almost three seconds to post a best time of 1:05.30.  Evan Austin (S8) who was the top seed going into finals, dropped over a second from his preliminary swim to post a best time as the top finisher from his class.

David Gelfand (S9) of WAHO was just off his best time again, going a 1:13.73, but was able to repeat his morning swim to win his class.

Women’s 50m fly (S1-S7)

The top finishers from all three classes competing in this event posted times that were faster than their preliminary swims.  Haley Beranbaum (S5) was slightly off her all time best, but improved her morning swim to go a 53.40.  Noga Nir-Kristler (S6) also was slightly off her best, but dropped from her morning swim to touch the wall at 41.22.

As for the S7 class, Cortney Jordan, the top seed going into finals, posted a best time of 35.66, dropping a second from her prelim swim.

Men’s 50m fly (S1-S7)

American Record holder Roy Perkins Jr. (S5) was still off his all time best, but was able to drop time from his morning swim to touch the wall at 35.23.

Connor Gioffreda (S6) was the top seed going into finals, but was also slightly off his best posting a time of 36.60.

As for the S7 class, Lucas McCrory from YOTA was able to drop from his morning swim, cruising to the wall first at 35.50.

Women’s 50m free (S1-S13)

After missing the World Record in the 50 free during the prelims, Martha Reuther (S9) was out touched by Colleen Young (S9) to break the World Record with a time of 28.54.  Ruether still posted a best time of 28.62, also breaking the previous World Record.

The lone entrants for their classes Letticia Martinex (S11) and Laurrie McClain Hermes (S12) both swam around their preliminary times, Martinez dropping half a second to go 34.06 and Hermes adding a little to go 34.59.

Martha Reuther (S13) broke the World and American Records that she set this morning by dropping .13 to go 28.24.

American Record holder for the event in her class, Alyssa Gialamas (S5), dropped time from her preliminary swim going a 47.02, but was still off her record of 44.03.

Noga Nir-Kistler (S6) dropped a second and a half from her preliminary time to cruise to a best time of 36.53. McKenzie Coan (S7) also garnered a best time by finishing at 32.68.

Men’s 50m free (S1-S13)

After just missing the American Record during the prelim session, Zach Shattuck (S6) added a little from his morning time, to miss the record again finishing at 32.92.

As for the current American Record holders in the event Ian Silverman (S10), Bradley Snyder (S11) and Tucker Dupree (S12) all posted the fastest times for their classes.  Dupree broke his own American Record to post a time of 24.03, but both Silverman and Snyder were off their best times, touching the wall at 25.51 and 26.62 respectively.

Along with Dupree, Noah Scherf and Michael DeMarco were the only entrants in their classes and both dropped from their preliminary times to go 58.04 and 31.44 respectively.

After a close race in prelims, Lander Eicholzer (S8) was the top seed going into finals, but this race was out touched by Evan Austin who won the S8 class with a time of 30.23.  Eicholzer still posted a best time of 30.47 to place second in his class.


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