“The 200 IM stands out a bit more because I haven’t been able to get a best time in a while."
Cortney Jordan, a three-time gold medallist of the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships, won the women’s 400m freestyle S7 race on the last day of the 2013 Speedo Can-Am Para-swimming Championships in Edmonton, Canada.
Jordan won ahead of Canada’s Brianna Nelson and teammate Leanne Smith. She also won the 50m backstroke S7 event beating Nelson again. Canadian 18-year-old Sarah Mehain finished in third.
Multiple Paralympic and world champion Jessica Long demonstrated her strength in the pool by winning the women’s 100m butterfly S8 event, and the women’s 400m freestyle S8.
Long’s compatriot 18-year-old Ian Silverman, gold medallist at the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships, won the men’s 400m freestyle S10 ahead of Canadian Isaac Bouckley. Silverman finished in second in the men’s 100m butterfly S10, just 0.16 seconds behind Alexander Elliot of Canada. USA’s Justin Zook came in third.
Zook, however, finished on top of the podium in the men’s 50m backstroke S10, beating Alexander and Aidan Elliot to second and third place respectively.
On Saturday, Canadian Morgan Bird continued her good performance. After two wins on Friday, Bird won gold in the women’s 50-m freestyle and 200-m individual medley in the S8 category on Saturday. Her time of 3:10.92 in the 200 IM was a personal best.
“I was happy with both races,” Bird said. “The 200 IM stands out a bit more because I haven’t been able to get a best time in a while. Coming into this meet I knew what I wanted to improve and I kept my focus on that.”
Bird won two silver medals at the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal.