U.S. Paralympic Trials Day 2: Prelims Recap

2016 U.S. Paralympic Team Trials — Swimming

In the women’s 50 m freestyle Michelle Konkoly set a new World Record in the S9 class with a time of 28.37. She dusted the competition, beating everyone else in her class by nearly 2 seconds. There was tough competition in the S8 class between London 2012 Paralympians Jessica Long and Mallory Weggemann. Long managed to edge out Weggemann, finishing with a time of 31.97. Weggemann came just shy of her seed time, clocking in at 32.69.

In addition to leading the 50 m freestyle going into this evening’s finals session, Long also leads the 100 M butterfly in the S8 class with a time of 1:12.70. Other double event leaders include  Alyssa GialamasMichael DeMarco, Ian Silverman, Bradley Snyder, Noga Nir-Kistle, and Lucas McCrory. 

Competition will resume this evening with the finals session starting at 5 PM eastern time.

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Michelle Konkoly: ‘Started trials off with a bang! I dropped over .7 in the 50 free to go 28.37 – a new life time best (faster than I ever was before I got hurt) and World Record!! So incredibly thankful for all the love and support from my coaches, team mates, family and friends. #no 1 ranking in the world should rank should snag me a spot on the Rio team.

Konkoly is now the fasted S9 by .48 and would be ranked T he 5th fasted S10 of whom only 7 have ever swam under 29.

This, Steve Long is your answer as to why there was no protest in Glasgow or Berlin. You’re all at it!!

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Rachel Harvill

Rachel has been swimming ever since she can remember. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where she learned to love swimming with the Walnut Creek Aquabears. She took her passion for swimming to Willamette University in Salem, Oregon where she primarily competes in sprint freestyle events. In addition …

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