April 1, 2014
U.S. Paralympics swimmers set world marks on Day 1 of CanAms
MIAMI ― Americans Rebecca Meyers, Ian Silverman and Kayla Wheeler set world records on the opening day of the 2014 U.S. Paralympics Swimming Spring National Championships/Spring CanAms at Miami’s Ransom Everglades School. The event, which runs through March 29, serves as the U.S. team qualifier for the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships in August.
Wheeler of Lynnwood, Wash., started the record setting day with a 1:45.27 in the women’s 50-meter butterfly S2 preliminary race, narrowly breaking the 1:45.84 world record she set in September 2013. She broke the world record once more in the finals, swimming a 1:41.08.
Pan American swimming records fall in Miami
Kayla Wheeler (Lynnwood, Wash.), who broke a world record during Day 1, set American records in the women’s 50m free S2 with a 1:23.97 and 50m breaststroke SB1 with a 2:06.94.
U.S. swimmer Kayla Wheeler highlights final day in Miami
MIAMI ― American swimmer Kayla Wheeler closed out an impressive appearance at the 2014 U.S. Paralympics Swimming Spring National Championships/Spring CanAms today in Miami with a Pan American record in the women’s 200-meter freestyle S2. It was one of 12 Pan American records and 15 American records broken on the final day of the international event, which serves as the U.S. team qualifier for the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships in August.
The 2014 U.S. Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championship Team, which can include up to 45 athletes, will be named by April 12. The competition is August 6-10 in Pasadena, Calif.
Wheeler swam a 6:06.24 in the morning preliminaries, a record, then bested herself with a 5:49.55 in the evening finals.
“Since I started swimming that event, I’ve been trying to get under six minutes,” Wheeler said. “I had that time in mind back in 2007 so to finally get it today, I was really excited. I’m really, really happy that I made it today.”