American Paralympic Champion Jessica Long has broken the World Record in the women’s 1500m freestyle for S8’s by almost a minute, swimming this past weekend at the 2015 California Classic.
Long was the only woman to swim the distance event and the 23-year old Loyola University swimmer touched in 19:03.34. Her previous best time, which was also the old World Record, is a 20:00.35 done in 2007 when she was just past her 15th birthday.
She made a formal split request at the 800, where she touched in 10:06.53, in an attempt to break that record en route to the 1500 time, but was 21 seconds short of her own 9:45.08 World Record there.
Long currently holds 16 World Records: 11 in long course meters and 5 in short course meters. Her other results at the weekend meet:
- 100 free (S8) – 1:08.63
- 200 free (S8) – 2:23.32
- 400 free (S8) – 4:48.90
- 50 breast (SB7) – 46.04
- 200 breast (SB7) – 3:27.09
- 50 back (S8) – 41.74