Brad Snyder and Jessica Long win at IPC Swimming World Championships
From Sun staff reports|
Jul 14, 2015 | 1:47 AM
Brad Snyder and Jessica Long of Baltimore won titles on the first day of competition at the IPC Swimming World Championships on Monday in Glasgow, Scotland.
Snyder, a U.S. co-captain, secured his first world championship with a time of 56.78 seconds in the men's 100 freestyle S11 to finish just eleven-hundredths of a second short of the world record set in 1986 by American John Morgan.
Snyder, a Navy veteran who won gold in this event at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, started the morning off on record pace in preliminaries, breaking the championships record only to improve his time in the afternoon finals.
"I've had my eye on that [world] record since 2012 and I know I'm capable of it," Snyder said. "I'm looking forward to hopefully having another shot at it in Rio next year. I've proved to myself that I'm capable and now I just have to do it."
Long, a three-time Paralympian, added to her collection of 23 world medals, including 19 gold, by coming from behind to touch the wall .26 of a second ahead of Ukraine's Kateryna Istomina in the women's 100 butterfly S8.
Long also beat her own meet record set at the 2010 world championships in Montreal to finish in 1:09.79.
Becca Meyers of Timonium finished fourth in the women's 50 free S13.