On Saturday July 22nd the swim meet had a strong showing from Team USA as athletes swam the Men’s 100 Freestyle, Women’s 200 Breast, Men’s 200 Backstroke, Women’s 200 IM, and Men’s 50 Butterfly. Many athletes had best times in their events, and three athletes qualified for five events at finals.
In the Women’s 200 Breaststroke, Molly Likins swam in lane 8 after qualifying 8th for finals. She swam a time of 2:52.01, a new best time for her! The current Deaf American Record is 2:50.29 set by Jessica Wheeden in 2009.
In the Men’s 200 Backstroke, Matthew Klotz went into finals qualified in 1st place with a time of 2:09.25. He had also qualified in the 100 Free but scratched that event to focus on the 200 Backstroke. Klotz currently holds the World, Deaflympic, and American Records in that event. He swam a time of 2:01.96 to win GOLD and beat out Yoshikazu Kanaji of Japan by almost 6 seconds. His finals time is a new World Record, breaking his former World Record time of 2:02.50.
Emily Massengale qualified third in preliminaries for the Women’s 200 IM with a time of 2:30.91. She dropped another 1.83 seconds in finals to swim a 2:29.08 to place 5th overall in the Deaflympics. She was just 1.86 seconds out of a medal spot and only 1 second away from the 200 IM American Record time.
Matthew qualified 4th for the Men’s 50 Butterfly in preliminaries with a time of 25.89; and in finals he swam a 25.65 to earn a SILVER medal behind Zhivaev of Russia who swam a World Record Time of 24.25.
Women’s 200 Breaststroke
Molly Likins, 2:52.01, 8th place, new Personal Record
Men’s 200 Backstroke
Matthew Klotz, 2:01.96, 1st place, New World Record
Women’s 200 IM
Emily Massengale, 2:29.08, 5rd place* new Personal Record
Men’s 50 Butterfly
Matthew Klotz, 25.65, 2nd place, new Personal Record
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