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NDP's Meyers sets world deaf swimming championship record

Notre Dame Prep swimmer Becca Meyers swam the 800 meters record in a record time of 9 minutes, 26.83 seconds at the World Deaf Swimming Championships on Tuesday. (Baltimore Sun photo from January by Gene Sweeney Jr.)

Notre Dame Prep's Becca Meyers set a World Deaf Swimming Championships record in her preliminary heat of the 800-meter freestyle Tuesday in Coimbra, Portugal.

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It's the first world record for Meyers, who won the gold medal Sunday in the 200-meter freestyle and has a bronze medal in the 800 freestyle from the 2009 Deaflympics in Taiwan.

The rising junior, who swims for NDP and for Loyola Blakefield Aquatics, set the 800-meter record in 9 minutes, 26.83 seconds, breaking the old mark of 9:31.76 set by Kristin Ates of the United States in 2007. The deaf world record is 9:09.73, set in 1981 by American Elizabeth Lutz.

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Meyers, who was born deaf, will swim in the 800 meter final Thursday and is listed as swimming the 400 freestyle on Saturday, the final day of the competition.Becca Meyers photos


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