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Becca Meyers sets another world record at Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships

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Meyers breaks another world record in Pasadena

Becca Meyers of Timonium set a world record for the second time in three days at the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships in Pasadena, Calif., by taking the women's 200-meter individual medley S13 on Saturday in 2 minutes, 26.86 seconds.

"I had a feeling that I was going to set the world record, but when I touched the wall, I was very, very shocked," Meyers said in a news release.

Colleen Young of St. Louis joined Meyers on the podium, taking the silver medal with a time of 2:35.04. Canada's Rhea Schmidt finished third with 2:42.23.

"It feels amazing to set two world records here," Meyers said. "I am so grateful to be a part of Team USA and to have this opportunity to swim here and break these world records."

On Thursday, Meyers, a student at Franklin & Marshall, set a world record in the women's 400-meter freestyle S13 race, clocking a 4:25.31 in the morning preliminary race. Heading into the meet, Meyers also held the world record in the women's 800 and 1,500 freestyle and the 400 IM for her classification.

Meyers won two medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, her first, and is considered a top contender for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Through Day 4 of the competition at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center, American swimmers have set three world records, with the other belonging to Ian Silverman of Baltimore, en route to 27 gold medals.

Tom Miazga of Cedarburg, Wis., a 2008 U.S. Paralympian who did not qualify for the 2012 Paralympic Games and the 2013 world championships, made a triumphant return to Team USA with a gold medal in the men's 100 back with a 1:12.17.

"Today was awesome," Miazga said. "It was just an honor for me to make the team after a couple hard years. I was excited just to get here, get the opportunity to race against other countries again. It's really humbling to come out and have a lifetime best, the best time that I've gone since the London trials. It's just really refreshing and relaxing. It's good to know that I'm back on track. I'm really happy."

Miazga topped Argentina's Lucas Poggi (1:19.05) and Mexico's Luis Andrade (1:21.11).

Other American title winners include Haley Beranbaum of Snohomish, Wash., in the women's 200 individual medley SM5 and Jessica Long of Baltimore in the SM8. In the men's 200 IM, Roy Perkins of Del Mar, Calif., won the SM5, Cody Bureau of Latrobe, Pa., won the SM9 and U.S. Navy veteran Brad Snyder of Baltimore won the SM11.

Snyder also won the men's 100 backstroke S11, his sixth title in Pasadena. In the women's 50 back, Alyssa Gialamas of Naperville, Ill., won the S5 classification with Beranbaum second.

Other medals on Day 4: Reilly Boyt of Fort Collins, Colo., won the bronze SM6 in the women's 200 IM, Cortney Jordan of Henderson, Nev., won the bronze in the SM7, Hannah Aspden of Raleigh, N.C., won the bronze in the SM9 and Leslie Cichocki of Palos Hills, Ill., won the silver in the SM14.

Michael DeMarco won silver in the SM3 classification of the men's 150 IM. In the men's 200 IM, Silverman won the silver in the SM10 and then added a bronze in the men's 100 back S10. Bureau won the silver in men's 100 back S9 with Robert Griswold of Freehold, N.J., third. Tucker Dupree of Raleigh, N.C., won silver in S13.

Team USA won silver in the men's 4x100m 34 point relay.

Team USA remains at the top of the medal count, winning 98 total (27 golds, 42 silvers and 29 bronzes), with one day remaining.

Australia is second with 82 (49, 19, 14) and Canada is third with 53 (6, 23, 24). Rounding out the top five are Brazil with 39 (22, 9, 8) and Mexico with 37 (12, 12, 13).


DE Hatcher passes physical, off PUP list

The Washington Redskins activated Jason Hatcher from the physically-unable-to-perform list after the defensive end passed his physical Saturday, the team announced. The former Dallas Cowboy, 32, spent the past seven weeks rehabilitating from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.He was Washington's highest-profile defensive free-agent signing this past spring, when he agreed to a four-year deal worth $27.5 million, including $10.5 million guaranteed — all of which is owed to him this season.

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More: Washington signed free-agent safety Da'Mon Cromartie-Smith and waived cornerback Peyton Thompson. Cromartie-Smith entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2010 out of Texas-El Paso and spent four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers' active roster and practice squad.


Navy's Snyder, Paralympics gold medalist, wins in Calif.

Retired Navy Lt. Brad Snyder of Baltimore won his fourth title of the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships in Pasadena, Calif., winning the men's 100-meter freestyle S11 on Friday, the third day of competition at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center. The meet marks the first time Snyder, a U.S. captain, has competed at a major international event since the Paralympic Games. The 2012 Paralympic gold medalist later placed third in the men's 100 breaststroke. Jessica Long of Baltimore won a silver medal in the women's 100 backstroke S8, and Ian Silverman of Baltimore won bronze in the men's 100 freestyle S10.

Men's lacrosse

Winter, O'Sullivan to meet in Lake Placid tourney final

Chase Winter (Johns Hopkins) led the way with three goals and an assist, and Power-Tek reached its fifth Men's Open championship game in the past six years at the Lake Placid Summit Classic in North Elba, N.Y. The Colgate-based squad beat Breakaway, 10-5, in the first semifinal. In the second semifinal, Long Island-based Select Sector SPDRs held off Baltimore-based 1 Lacrosse, 7-5. Loyola Maryland grad Sean O'Sullivan (four goals) and Notre Dame's Matt Kavanagh led the winners against a team that included Duke's Deemer Class (Loyola High) and Villanova's John Kluh (St. Mary's). The championship will be held today.

Inside Lacrosse

Major League Lacrosse: Long-pole Kyle Hartzell (Salisbury, Archbishop Curley) scored in overtime to lift the host New York Lizards to a 12-11 win over the Denver Outlaws. The Lizards (9-5) and Outlaws (9-5) could meet in the semifinals next weekend, with seeding to be determined. Michael Kimmel (Johns Hopkins) had two goals for the Lizards, while Drew Snider (Maryland) led Denver with three goals and teammate Jeremy Sieverts (Maryland, McDonogh) had a goal and an assist. ... The fourth and final playoff berth went to the Ohio Machine, which defeated the Florida Launch, 14-10. The Machine is coached by Bear Davis, the Archbishop Spalding boys coach and associate athletic director.

Et cetera

Falcons sign former Terps linebacker Drakeford

Outside linebacker Darin Drakeford, who spent time with the practice squads of the Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants last season, has been signed by the Atlanta Falcons. Drakeford went undrafted in 2013 after four years at Maryland.

Boxing: Washington native Lamont Peterson improved to 33-2-1 and defended his International Boxing Federation junior welterweight title with a 10-round win over Edgar Santana at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

College football: named Johns Hopkins senior cornerback Ryan Rice to its preseason All-America second-team.

College baseball: Navy hired Bobby Applegate as its pitching coach.

Women's college soccer: UMBC hired Chante Sandiford as an assistant coach. She will work closely with the team's goalkeepers.

WNBA: Kia Vaughn scored 22 points and Ivory Latta added 14 to help the Washington Mystics (15-15) to a 74-61 victory over the host Indiana Fever (13-17) on Friday night. 1/2 games in front of the New York Liberty in the Eastern Conference; the Fever is dropped into a tie with the Chicago Sky for the fourth and with the Chicago Sky for the final playoff berth in the East.

Softball: Salisbury alumna and head coach Margie Knight will be inducted into the Maryland Fastpitch Softball Association Hall of Fame on Oct. 25 at Tiffany East in Baltimore. Knight played basketball, volleyball and softball for what was then Salisbury State from 1975 to 1979.

Golf: The Els for Autism Golf Challenge, the brainchild of World Golf Hall of Famer Ernie Els, will stage one of its regional events Monday at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills. Amateur golfers are invited to register two-person teams for the event and, in doing so, raise money for the Els for Autism foundation. Registration is $900 per player and includes golf, two meals, an Els for Autism gift bag and the chance to win prizes. Els' 11-year-old son, Ben, has autism. For more information and to register, go to

Baseball: On Monday, the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches will hold the inaugural Maryland Cup, featuring 80 of the best high school players from Maryland and Virginia, at Prince George's County Stadium in Bowie. For more information, go to

Boys lacrosse: The Cannons Lacrosse Club will hold open tryouts starting today at Calverton School/Dunkirk Park. Go to to register.

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