4-time Paralympic medalist Tucker Dupree has broken the American Record* in the 50 yard freestyle for S12 swimmers. Swimming on Sunday at the PAC prelims/finals meet in Stevenson, Illinois, Dupree swam a 21.95. The swim broke his old record of 22.10 done almost 4 years ago in Rochester, Michigan.
The record comes in Dupree’s first official meet representing his new club, the New Trier Swim Club in suburban Chicago, where he’s training under the club’s head coach and CEO Alexis Keto, who arrived with the club in October from the Colorado Athletic Club in Denver.
“I’m very excited about training with Alexis and New Trier Swim Club, as I look towards world championships in September,” Dupree said of his new partnership.
The 27-year old swimmer won silver in the 100 back, bronze in the 50 free, and bronze in the 100 free at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. He earned a 4th medal, a bronze in the 100 backstroke, in Rio, but finished just 5th in the 50 free. Had he matched his London time in the latter event, he would’ve repeated bronze.
Editor’s note: the 100 free wasn’t a contested event for the S12 classification in Rio.
Dupree won that race at the meet, and also finished first in the 100 back (54.50) and 100 free (49.10), and still has the 100 fly final left to swim. Dupree is the American Record holder in all three of those events as well.