Aug 13, 2013
MONTREAL - Becca Meyers, who will be a freshman and member of the Loyola University Maryland swimming and diving team starting this fall, won a gold medal in the 200-meter individual medley last night at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Swimming World Championships.
Meyers edged the world-record holder, Canada’s Valerie Grand-Maison, by eight-tenths of a second, touching the wall in 2:30.04 to take the top spot in the SM13 category.
The Timonium, Md., native was born with Usher Syndrome, a rare disorder that effects her sight.
"I've raced Valerie many times and she's so strong, I didn't expect to win," Meyers, who took silver to Grand-Maison’s gold at the 2012 London Paralympic Games, said. "But at the turn, I saw I was ahead and just pushed it, I really went for it, and I knew I could do it. I was really happy with my race."
Meyers will continue her competition in Montreal on Wednesday when she swims in the 100-meter butterfly. She will also compete in the 50-meter freestyle on Thursday and the 400-meter freestyle Friday. Meyers will then conclude with the 100-meter freestyle on Sunday, an event in which she won last summer in London.
Loyola Head Coach Brian Loeffler is also in Montreal serving as one of the U.S. team’s coaches.