US swimmers secured 33 wins on day two (10 June) of competition at the World Para Swimming World Series on home soil in Indianapolis, continuing to show great form in the lead-up to the World Championships in Mexico City, from 30 September-6 October.
Three-time Rio 2016 champion Rebecca Meyers followed up her two victories from 9 June with two more wins. The 22-year-old (29.44) touched in first in the women´s 50m freestyle S13, slightly ahead of compatriots Colleen Young (29.45) and Martha Ruether (29.48).
Meyers (2:32.17) also won the women´s 200m individual medley SM13, followed by Young (2:36.72) and Madeleine Babcock (3:36.37).
“It was a good swim. I felt strong and I finished strong,” she said. “It was fun to swim with my teammates, Colleen and Martha, and to go 1-2-3. It’s a good indication of where I stand this season and what I need to work on as I gear up for [the World Championships in] Mexico City.”
Another US swimmer who stood out was Rio 2016 bronze medallist Robert Griswold, who won the men´s 100m backstroke S8 with a time of 1:04.34. His teammate Joseph Peppersack (1:12.14) and Canada´s Hicham Boufekane (1:19.32) finished second and third, respectively.
“It felt really good. I think it was a culmination of things I’ve been working hard on at practice,” he said. “Since I’ve gotten back from Rio, I’ve been working on my closing speed and just focusing on winning at the end of the race and doing all the little things right.”
Brazil´s most decorated Paralympian ever Daniel Dias made his debut at the World Series, winning both the men´s 50m backstroke S5 and the 50m freestyle S5.
Australia´s six-time Paralympic champion Ellie Cole also shone by winning the women´s 100m backstroke S9 after clocking 1:10.96. USA´s Hannah Aspden (1:16.02) and Great Britain´s Toni Shaw (1:18.19) completed the top-three.
The World Para Swimming World Series in Indianapolis concludes on Sunday (11 June).
Complete results are available online.
The final World Series will take place in Berlin, Germany, from 6-9 July, the last major competition before the World Para Swimming Championships, the biggest swimming event outside of the Paralympic Games, held 30 September – 6 October.