Gia Pergolini Breaks S13 100 Back World Record at U.S. Paralympic Trials


17-year-old Gia Pergolini of Dynamo Swim Club broke the women’s S13 100 meter backstroke World Record in the first prelims sessions of the 2021 U.S. Paralympic Trials on Thursday. She finished with a time of 1:05.31, taking .20 off her entry time.

The previous World Record was set by Italy’s Carlotta Gilli in May at 1:05.56.

Pergolini simultaneously set the American Record as well. She won silver in this event at the Para World Championships in 2017 and 2019.

She was the only swimmer to break a World Record this morning, but finals start at 5pm U.S. Central Time and they will feature the Women’s 100 breast multiclass, men’s 100 breast multiclass, women’s 50 breast multiclass, women’s 100 back multiclass, men’s 100 back multiclass, women’s 50 fly multiclass and men’s 50 fly multiclass finals.

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Andy Hardt
3 months ago

Wow, that’s a great time! I was wondering why she had a seed time faster than the (previous) world record, and of course SwimSwam to the rescue…

The Paralympic trials are happening at my home pool, although they don’t seem to be allowing spectators. I often do my work in the lobby of a hotel that’s right next to the pool, and it’s always great when there’s a big meet here. Swimmers/coaches/fans just descend on the area, and half of the conversations I overhear are about swimming something or other. Good luck to everyone competing this weekend!

super classy swim
3 months ago

so proud of gia she works so hard honored to call her a teammate !!