March 29 - American swimmer Kayla Wheeler has rounded off an impressive weekend at the 2014 United States Paralympics Swimming Spring National Championships/Spring CanAms by setting yet another record at Miami's Ransom Everglades School.
"Since I started swimming that event, I've been trying to get under six minutes," she said.
"I had that time in mind back in 2007 so to finally get it today, I was really excited.
"I'm really, really happy that I made it today."
Wheeler's record was one of 12 Pan American records to fall on the final day of competition with 15 American records also broken as action came to a close in Miami.
Leslie Cichocki brought her American record tally up to five after swimming 2:25.70 in the women's S14 200m freestyle and 35.82 in the 50m backstroke.
The American had set a Pan-American record in the 200m freestyle preliminary stages but her time of 2:25.94, and subsequent 2:25.70, was beaten by Canada's Kirstie Kasko as she swam to victory in 2:24.24.
Rafael Castillo was also on form on the final day of competition, setting a Pan American record of 1:22.56 in the S6 100m butterfly before swimming the 50m backstroke in a time of 42.99 to break the American record.
Ian Silverman followed his world record in the men's 1,500m freestyle S10 on Thursday (March 27) with an American record in the 100m butterfly, while Letticia Martinez broke the Pan American record in the women's S11 100m butterfly in a time of 1:24.91.
While not on record setting form, 17-time Paralympic medallist Jessica Long was named swimmer of the meet after winning the women's 100m freestyle, 200m individual medley, 100m backstroke and 400m freestyle in the S8 classification.
"This is not my best swimming," said Long, who prepped for the event for only four days.
"I came here to qualify for the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championship team and start preparing for Rio."
This event served as the US team qualifier for the Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships in August, which will see 45 athletes represent the US in Pasadena, California from August 6-10.
The team is set to be named on April 12.
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