Paralympians Put on Show in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Aug. 13. OVER the past three days, competitors at the 2006 U.S. Paralympics National Championships went wild on the record books to the delight of each spectator at the event. Jessica Long proved to be the superstar of the meet with five national records during the three-day competition.

The following are national records broken during the meet:
Thursday, Aug. 10
Curtis Lovejoy lowered his S2 200-meter freestyle time of 5:09.97 set during prelims with a 5:09.80 during finals.

Jessica Long dropped her S8 400-meter freestyle standard of 5:06.98 set during prelims with a 5:06.41 during finals.

Elizabeth Stone cleared her S9 400-meter freestyle record of 5:06.90 set during prelims with a 5:04.42 during the evening.

Kate Gibbs clocked a 2:58.39 in the 200-meter butterfly time finals for an S9 national record, while Canada’s Amanda Donaher posted a 3:42.19 in the same event for an S10 national record.

Friday, Aug. 11
Mexico’s Juan Reyes touched in 45.28 to beat the S4 50-meter backstroke record, while Roy Perkins clocked a 48.59 in the S5 50-meter backstroke for a record as well.

Jessica Long picked up another standard with a 1:24.56 in the S8 100-meter backstroke, while Elizabeth Stone also garnered her second record with a 1:15.93 in the S9 100-meter backstroke.

April Kerley lowered the S9 50-meter freestyle record with a 30.88 during prelims, then lowered it with a 30.50 in finals.

Jessica Long earned her third record of the meet in two days with a 2:48.46 in the SM8 200-meter IM.

Singapore’s Theresa Goh clocked a 44.97 to break the S5 50-meter freestyle record, while Cody Bureau grabbed the S9 50-meter freestyle record in 27.72.

Michael DeMarco swam to the SM3 150-meter IM record in 3:39.08, while Roy Perkins notched his second standard of the day with a 3:33.71 in the SM5 200-meter IM.

Saturday, Aug. 12
Cortney Jordan joined the record parade with a 3:16.90 in the S7 200-meter backstroke, while Rachel Grusse stopped the clock in 3:37.53 for the S8 200-meter backstroke standard.

Elizabeth Stone closed the meet with three standards as she hit the wall in 2:44.45 in the S9 200-meter backstroke.

Jessica Long cemented her place as the star of the meet with her fourth and fifth records in the next two events. She registered a 1:08.54 in the S8 100-meter freestyle prelims before clocking a 1:16.88 in the S8 100-meter butterfly prelims.

Anna Eames posted a record in the S10 100-meter butterfly with a 1:14.47, while Mark Barr claimed a 1:04.32 in the S9 100-meter butterfly.

Singapore’s Theresa Goh notched her second record with a 4:30.67 in the SB4 200-meter breaststroke, while Deb Gruen touched in 3:38.83 for the SB6 200-meter breaststroke standard.

Kendall Bailey scored the SB9 200-meter backstroke record with a 3:06.22 before Deb Gruen came back for her second record in 23:11.55 in the S7 1500-meter freestyle.

Ashley Owens closed the show with a 19:26.39 in the S10 1500-meter freestyle for the record.