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Digest: Snyder, T. McFadden win Paralympic gold medals

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Snyder, McFadden win Paralympic gold

Baltimore's Brad Snyder, 28, won his second gold medal of the London Paralympics on Friday, a year to the day after he was blinded by an improvised explosive device while serving with the Navy in Afghanistan. "It is an emotional day, but it's kind of a day of celebration," Snyder said after winning the 400-meter freestyle S11 gold in 4 minutes, 32.41 seconds, by a margin of 5.83. "I zeroed my focus on performance and was able to put a lot of the emotions away. The last year's been really crazy and this was kind of a whim, a dream back in February, and for it to come to fruition is very, very exciting." The pool has been a place where Snyder can thrive. , and he intends to continue to push his ability. "To be able to feel good, if not great at something, it gives you an immeasurable amount of confidence in all the other aspects of life that I'm struggling with," he said. "I went a 4:16 or so with my sight. We're knocking on the door. Maybe in another year or two we'll be able to eclipse those times — at least that's a great goal to strive for."

Paralympic women's wheelchair track: Tatyana McFadden, an Atholton graduate and Clarksville resident, won her third gold medal in three events at London, taking the 1,500 meters T54 in 3:36.42 to beat Switzerland's Edith Wolf by 0.36. McFadden, 23, now a junior at Illinois, had won the 400 meters by more than two seconds and the 800 by nearly three seconds. "The 1,500 is not my event," said McFadden, who was born with spina bifida. "It is out of my range. I'm still shocked that I won." McFadden, a three-time Paralympian, also will compete in the 100 meters today and the marathon Sunday.

Philip Hersh, Tribune Newspapers

Paralympic women's swimming: Becca Meyers of Notre Dame Prep and Loyola Blakefield Aquatics won a silver medal in the 200-meter individual medley SM13100. Meyers, 17, who was born profoundly deaf and has Usher syndrome, finished in 2:30.13, which was 2.49 behind the world-record time set by gold-medalist Valerie Grand-Maison of Canada. Meyers rallied from third place in the final 50 meters with a split of 34.15. ... Jessica Long, who grew up in Middle River, added a bronze in the 4x100 medley relay 34 points. Long, who competes in the S8 sport class, swam the third leg for the Americans, who finished in an American record of 4:54.13, which was 0.18 behind the gold medalists from Australia. Long earlier won five golds and two silvers in London.

Paralympic women's sitting volleyball: Washington native Kari Miller, 35, and the United States lost the gold-medal match to China, 22-25, 25-15, 32-30, 25-15.

Men's college lacrosse: Goucher promoted Brian Kelly (Johns Hopkins) to head coach, replacing Kyle Hannan, who resigned last month. Kelly was hired five years ago as the Gophers' top offensive assistant.

Major Indoor Soccer League: The Blast released its 2012-13 schedule, which will begin Nov. 3 at 1st Mariner Arena against the Chicago Soul, the league's newest addition. The Blast will play 26 regular-season games.

Golf: Marty West of Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase shot a final-round 2-under-par 69 and won the Maryland State Seniors championship with 70-69—139 at Piney Branch Golf Club in Hampstead.

WNBA: Kristi Toliver (Maryland) had 18 points and six assists as the Los Angeles Sparks (20-9) rolled to a 96-68 victory over the host Washington Mystics (5-23).

College football: Keith Brown rushed nine times for 130 yards and three first-half touchdowns to power visiting Bowie State (2-0) to a 28-14 victory over Benedict (0-2) on Thursday night. Brown gave the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead with 9:59 left in the first quarter with a 9-yard run. He followed that with a 76-yard run with 1:11 left in the quarter, and his final run, an 8-yarder, came with 13:23 left in the half. Bowie led 28-0 at the half and held the Tigers to 120 yards of total offense. Benedict scored twice on fumble recoveries.

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