U.S. Paralympics

U.S. Paralympics

Dec 07 U.S. finishes strong at IPC Short Course Swimming World Championships

Dec. 07, 2009, 5:17 p.m. (ET)

RIO DE JANEIRO - Team USA captured 10 medals on the final day of competition at the IPC Short Course Swimming World Championships.  The U.S. finished with a total of 40 medals - 16 gold, 15 silver and nine bronze.

Jessica Long (Baltimore, Md.) finished the meet atop the podium, collecting two gold medals and two world records.  Long won both the 100m breast (SB7) and 100m butterfly (S8) in record times of 1:26.85 and 1:12.24, respectively.

Mallory Weggemann's (Eagan, Minn.) 1:08.56 in 100m freestyle (S7) earned her yet another gold medal and world record.  Weggemann finished with a total of five gold medals and three world records, with one of those golds coming with the women's 4 x 50m medley relay team on the final day.  Joining Weggemann were Casey Johnson (Cypress, Calif.), Kayla Wheeler (Lynwood, Wash.) and Cheryl Angelelli (Clinton Township, Mich.).

Angelelli and Wheeler also earned individual medals with Angelelli claimed gold in the 100m freestyle (S4) and Wheeler taking bronze in the 100m freestyle (S3).

The women also won three silver medals on Thursday:  Erin Popovich (Silverbow, Mont.), 100m breast (SB7); Cortney Jordan (Henderson, Nev.), 100m freestyle (S7) and Susan Beth Scott (Cape Girardeau, Mo.), 50m freestyle (S10).

The lone medalist on the men's side was Phillip Scholz (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.), who took silver in the 100m butterfly (S11).

Complete coverage of the meet can be found at http://www.swimmingrio2009.com.br/en/.

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