March 25 - A host of Paralympic and world champions are set to do battle in Miami this week as the Ransom Everglades School hosts the US Paralympics Spring Swimming National Championships/Spring CanAm which act as a qualifier for the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships in August.
US swimmers will be joined by competitors from Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico and Russia over the three days of action which are due to run from Thursday (March 27) to March 29.
Topping the bill will be home swimmers Cortney Jordan, Jessica Long, Roy Perkins, Rebecca Meyers and Ian Silverman, who all claimed titles at last year's International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Swimming World Championships in Montreal.
Beijing 2008 gold medallist Jordan, the US flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony in Montreal, will be looking to replicate her dominant form from last year when she claimed world crowns in S7/SB7/SM7 50 metres, 100m and 400m freestyle events.
Twelve-time Paralympic champion Long, who holds 13 world records and is a two-time US Paralympic Sports Woman of the Year, also impressed in Montreal adding three more world titles to her collection, while Meyers also added world titles in Montreal to her silver and bronze from London 2012.
On the men's side, Silverman and Perkins will lead the home charge.
Silverman comes into Miami in fine form after setting a 400m individual medley world record in Richmond last month, with a time of 4min 53.24sec and the London 2012 champion won one gold, one silver and two bronze medals in Montreal last year.
Beijing 2008 gold medallist Perkins followed up his silver and bronze at London 2012 with his second World Championship title in the S5 50m butterfly upsetting defending champion Daniel Dias of Brazil.
The results in Miami this week will determine the athletes who will compete for the US team at the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships which is due to take place from August 6 to 10 in Pasadena.
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