Paralympic Champion Becca Meyers Sets Two Pan American Records

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Photo Courtesy: Frank Genderson

Three-time Paralympic champion Becca Meyers (Baltimore, Maryland) was a force to be reckoned with in the pool on the second day of the 2019 World Para Swimming World Series, setting two Pan American records at IU Natatorium in Indianapolis on Friday.

Meyers started the day in record-setting fashion, swimming to a Pan American record in the women’s S12 50 free with a time of 29.23 seconds. She continued to write her name in the record books, setting another Pan American record in the SB12 100 breaststroke (1:20.98).

Three U.S. athletes additionally set American records on the second day of competition in Indianapolis. Following his American record in the men’s S14 100 backstroke on Thursday, Lawrence Sapp (Waldorf, Maryland) set another American mark on Friday in the SB14 100 breast with a time of 1:19.29.

A member of the U.S. Paralympics Swimming Resident Team based at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Samantha Tubbs (King George, Virginia) bested her own American record, setting a new mark in the women’s SB9 100 breast with a time of 1:22.63.

The third U.S. athlete to set a record was Zach Shattuck (Mt. Airy, Maryland), who now holds the American record in the men’s SB6 100 breast (1:25.65). Shattuck, who swam for Frostburg State University and graduated in 2018, now coaches for the swim team at the University of Mary Washington.

For Team USA, results from the world series meet in Indianapolis will help determine the U.S. roster for the Parapan American Games, set for Sept. 23-Aug. 1 in Lima, Peru.

Competition concludes tomorrow with the 150 individual medley, 200 IM, 50 backstroke, 50 butterfly, 100 butterfly and the 4×100 free 34 pt. relay.

Quotes
Becca Meyers
“Feels really good. Training has been going well. I’ve been working on a lot of sprinting, so I was excited to be able to execute that today. I’m really pleased with both of my times. I’ve been eyeing those records, so that was very exciting. It’s nice to set goals for yourself and it’s nice to hit those goals.”

Zach Shattuck
“It was a great swim. I haven’t had a PR in that event in a while so it was cool. It was a three-second drop from my seed time to tonight. It is great when you have someone like Evan (Austin) swimming next to you and pushing you. He’s been a big motivator for me, so having friends like that that you can race against is a good time.”

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