USA Paralympics CanAm Championships: U.S. Paralympic Swimmers Rewrite American Records

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, April 11. THE USA Paralympics CanAm Championships took place this past weekend with quite a few long course meter American records being put into the books.

Susan Beth Scott started the meet off right with a 4:33.54 in the women's 400 free S10. That effort wiped out the American record of 4:34.87 set by Ashley Owens back in 2008. Meanwhile, Kelley Becherer clocked a 2:12.21 200 free S13 American record with a split in the 400 free. That time lowered her previous mark of 2:12.72 set in 2008. She also won the 400 free in 5:15.96.

During the second day of the meet, the record books took a serious hit. Scott set a pair of American records in the women's 50 and 100 back S10. Her split of 35.29 downed the 35.73 set by Mikhaila Rutherford at the 2004 Athens Paralympics. Meanwhile, Scott's 100 back time of 1:11.20 bettered Rutherford's 1:12.25 also set in Athens.

Justin Zook turned in a 1:00.63 in the men's 100 back S10 for the American records. That performance lowered his 2010 record of 1:01.14. Tom Miazga checked in with a 31.29 in the men's 50 free S8 to beat Evan Austin's national standard of 31.40 set in 2009. Cody Bureau then posted a 26.91 in the men's 50 free S9 to clear his previous American record of 27.11 set at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. Bureau's time now stands as a Pan American standard. Blake Adams then downed the men's 50 free S13 American record with a 28.11 to best Jeff May's 1992 record of 28.33 from the Barcelona Paralympics.

Lantz Lamback posted a Pan American and American record in the men's 50 fly S7 with a 33.23. That time beat out his 2008 record of 33.83 set at the Paralympics. Meanwhile, Elizabeth Stone tracked down a pair of American records in the women's 50 and 100 fly S9 events. In her 100 fly 50 split, she touched in 34.71 to break her 2008 record of 34.79. She finished the race in 1:13.10 to down Joyce Luncher's record of 1:14.40 set at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics. Rudy Garcia-Tolson picked off another American record with a 1:13.04 in the men's 100 fly S8. That time eclipsed the 1:14.06 set by Justin Fleming back in 2005.

During prelims of the second day, Anna Johannes clocked a 3:12.61 in the women's 200 breast SB8 to erase Rutherford's 2002 record of 3:14.87.

On the final day of swimming, Dalton Herendeen lowered the American record in the men's 200 IM SM10 with a time of 2:22.74. That performance cleared the 2:25.24 set by Joe Wise in March 2010. Meanwhile, Anna Johannes bettered the American standard in the women's 200 IM SM9 with a 2:43.54. That effort lowered her 2010 mark of 2:44.70.

Demonstrating some serious range, Adams chopped more than two minutes from the American record in the men's 1500 free S13 with a time of 22:23.57. That swim smashed the previous record of 24:43.83 set by Austin Young last year, and also now stands as the Pan American record in the metric mile as well.

Two-time defending Swimming World Magazine Disabled Swimmer of the World Mallory Weggemann was named Swimmer of the Meet. She won the women's 50 free S7 (32.54), 100 free S7 (1:09.60), 400 free S7 (5:26.48), 100 back S7 (1:25.18) and 50 fly S7 (36.06).

Records reported were provided by USA Paralympics.