Morgan Stickney Breaks Americas Record in 400 Free on Day 2 of Minneapolis Para WS

by SwimSwam 5

April 21st, 2023 News


  • April 20-23, 2023
  • Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • 50m (Long Course Meters)
  • Full Meet Results

Courtesy: USOPC

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – Team USA continued its domination in the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on the second day of action at the Citi Para Swimming World Series USA 2023 adding a total of 17 podium appearances for the day. Across two days of competition, the U.S. has amassed an impressive 28 total medals for the meet.

Double Tokyo Paralympic champion Morgan Stickney (Cary, North Carolina) led an all-Team USA podium breaking an Americas record in the women’s 400m freestyle grabbing her first gold of the meet. Paralympian McKenzie Coan (Clarkesville, Georgia) took silver with national team member Olivia Chambers rounding out the podium with bronze.

“I’m happy with how it went,” said Stickney. “I’ve had a lot of difficulties training in the last year, so I’m happy I was able to finish the race and do really well. It’s amazing to be here and just be able to see everyone and spend time with them. It’s been a lot of fun to be part of Team USA.”

In the men’s 50m freestyle, Paralympic bronze medalist Jamal Hill (Inglewood, California) took the silver medal with Noah Jaffe (Carlsbad, California) adding two bronzes and an American record to his collection.

No stranger to the podium, five-time Paralympic medalist Elizabeth Marks (Colorado Springs, Colorado) added two more world series medals to her tally grabbing gold in the women’s 50m butterfly and silver in the women’s 50m freestyle, respectively. 29-time Paralympic medalist Jessica Long (Baltimore, Maryland) followed Marks in the 50m butterfly picking up silver with Paralympic champion Mikaela Jenkins (Evansville, Indiana) rounding out the trio of U.S. medalists.

“Everyone here has been incredibly welcoming,” said Marks. “My first-ever Para meet was in this pool. We decided to train through this event, so we were just hoping for good swims and good practice, I always want to try to make a worlds team.”

Just over a year after winning his first world series gold as an American citizen, Paralympian Abbas Karimi, a native of Afghanistan, picked up his second title with the top finish in the men’s 50m butterfly. Karimi currently trains at the University of Miami with a goal to compete and win at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris next year.

“I’m happy,” said Karimi. “If I could make any changes, I would come with a better strategy, a better plan – which I am going to do… make a new plan and come back stronger and faster. During the race, I had to focus more and then keep going fast and ‘keep going fast’ is what I was telling myself.”

In the men’s 100m butterfly, Paralympian Lawrence Sapp (Walford, Maryland) earned his first 2023 world series medal of the season taking the men’s 100m butterfly title with teammate Jeff Lovett (Eustis, Florida) securing bronze respectively.

“I’m feeling really, really good,” said Sapp. “I’m happy with [my race]. I’m just doing my best I can. I look forward to doing my best and keep working hard to keep pushing through.”

The final day of racing begins at 9 a.m. CT on April 22. All races are mixed class with results based on the World Para Swimming points system to create an equitable field of play among the different classes.

Sessions are streamed live on and on the U.S. Paralympics Swimming Facebook page. For full results from the second day of competition, click here. Follow U.S. Paralympics Swimming on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for updates and results from the team.


Women’s 50m Butterfly

  1. Elizabeth Marks, S6
  2. Nicole Turner (IRE), S6
  3. Naomi Somellera Mandujano (MEX), S7

Men’s 50m Butterfly

  1. Abbas Karimi, S5
  2. Jesus Alberto Gutierrez Bermudez (MEX), S6
  3. Adin Williams, S7

Women’s 100m Butterfly

  1. Elizabeth Smith, S9
  2. Jessica Long, S8
  3. Mikaela Jenkins, S10

Men’s 100m Butterfly

  1. Lawrence Sapp, S14
  2. Barry McClements (IRE), S9
  3. Jeff Lovett, S14

Women’s 400m Freestyle

  1. Morgan Stickney, S7 – AMERICAS RECORD
  2. McKenzie Coan, S7
  3. Olivia Chambers, S13

Men’s 400m Freestyle

  1. Ugo Didier (FRA), S9
  2. Matthew Torres, S8
  3. Noah Jaffe, S8

Women’s 50m Freestyle

  1. Maria Carolina Gomes Santiago (BRA), S12
  2. Elizabeth Marks, S6
  3. McKenzie Coan, S7

Men’s 50m Freestyle

  1. Ugo Didier (FRA), S9
  2. Jamal Hill, S9
  3. Noah Jaffe, S8 – AMERICAN RECORD

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1 year ago

Morgan. You are a true champion.

Cecelia G
1 year ago

Great job Morgan! You have had such a difficult year with your health issues. Amazing your grit and determination. You are an inspiration to all of us!

Reply to  Cecelia G
1 year ago

Just wondering why someone would leave a negative comment about this article.

1 year ago

Congrats to Morgan! You work so hard and deserve to be a winner! From your fans back in Cary!

Georgia Rambler
Reply to  Lovetoswim
1 year ago

Morgan is great. Would urge all her fans who can, to donage platelets at the Red Cross, Morgan and many others need them and they are in short supply. Donated last Sunday, wore her mermaid shirt during the procedure, and hope to go back in a mionth or so.