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Timonium's Becca Meyers breaks third world record at IPC swimming worlds

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Becca Meyers of Timonium broke her third world record in swimming at the IPC Swimming World Championships.

Becca Meyers of Timonium broke her third world record at the International Paralympic Committee Swimming World Championships as competition came to a close Sunday night in Glasgow, Scotland. In the women's 100-meter butterfly S13, Meyers, 20, battled until the end with Russia's Darya Stukalova, an S12 swimmer. Stukalova won the race, but Meyers broke the 19-year-old world record for the S13 class with a time of 1 minute, 5.03 seconds. "It feels incredible," she said. "I had a phenomenal week in the pool and out." Meyers set a world record in the 200 individual medley Tuesday and learned she had won the ESPY award for Best Female with a Disability. She also broke the world record Thursday in the 400 freestyle. "I definitely learned a lot about myself, and this is a nice refresher of how tough the [Paralympic] Games are," said Meyers, who was born deaf and was diagnosed with the genetic disorder Usher syndrome. "It was a reminder that I do have to prepare mentally as well because it is a long week. I'm going to take all the lessons I learned in and out of the pool put them towards Rio" de Janeiro in 2016. Cortney Jordan, a graduate student at Loyola Maryland who works at Merritt Athletic Club in Towson, won her sixth medal by finishing second in the 50 freestyle. Jessica Long of Baltimore took second in the 50 free S8 and 4x100 relay.

Pan American Games

Walker-Kimbrough comes up big in close win vs. Cuba

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough (Maryland) scored 14 points on 7-for-11 shooting and had four steals as the United States (4-0) held off Cuba (2-2) in a Pan American Games basketball semifinal, 65-64. The United States will face host Canada in the gold-medal game tonight in Toronto. The Americans trailed by as many as 14 points in the third quarter but battled back thanks in part to a press that forced seven Cuban turnovers in that period alone. "One of the key quotes in basketball is, 'Defense wins games,'" Walker-Kimbrough said. "I think that is what really got us going, is our defense. I think the press played a very big part in that." The Terps' rising junior had seven points on 2-for-5 shooting and added two assists in a 93-77 win over Puerto Rico (1-2) on Saturday.

Et cetera

Nairn scores for NWSL's Spirit in 3-0 win Saturday

Amanda Da Costa, Crystal Dunn and Christine Nairn (Archbishop Spalding) scored in the second half Saturday night as the Washington Spirit (6-4-2) stayed undefeated at home with a 3-0 victory over Seattle Reign FC (6-3-2) in a National Women's Soccer League game played before an announced sellout crowd in Boyds.

Major League Soccer: Fabian Castillo drove home a carom from the top of the goal box in the second minute of stoppage time Saturday night to give host FC Dallas (10-5-5) its fourth straight victory, 2-1, over D.C. United (10-7-5) in a battle of first-place teams. Tesho Akindele found space to the left of goal and fed a cross to Victor Ulloa inside the penalty area, and Ulloa fired the ball toward goal. Defender Taylor Kemp got a foot on the ball, but it bounced directly to Castillo for the winner.

World TeamTennis: The Washington Kastles defeated the Philadelphia Freedoms, 3-5, 5-1, 5-0, 5-0, 5-0, on Saturday, tying the largest margin of victory in franchise history.

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