NDP's Meyers sets world deaf swimming championship record
Notre Dame Prep swimmer Becca Meyers swam the 800 meters record in a record time of 9 minutes, 26.83 seconds at the World Deaf Swimming Championships on Tuesday. (Baltimore Sun photo from January by Gene Sweeney Jr.)
Notre Dame Prep's Becca Meyers set a World Deaf Swimming Championships record in her preliminary heat of the 800-meter freestyle Tuesday in Coimbra, Portugal.
It's the first world record for Meyers, who won the gold medal Sunday in the 200-meter freestyle and has a bronze medal in the 800 freestyle from the 2009 Deaflympics in Taiwan.
The rising junior, who swims for NDP and for Loyola Blakefield Aquatics, set the 800-meter record in 9 minutes, 26.83 seconds, breaking the old mark of 9:31.76 set by Kristin Ates of the United States in 2007. The deaf world record is 9:09.73, set in 1981 by American Elizabeth Lutz.
Meyers, who was born deaf, will swim in the 800 meter final Thursday and is listed as swimming the 400 freestyle on Saturday, the final day of the competition.