Ian Silverman smashes world record at Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships

USC-bound swimmer breaks nearly 13-year-old mark in the men's 400-meter freestyle S10 race

August 07, 2014|Sports Digest

Paralympic swimming

Baltimore's Silverman smashes nearly 13-year-old world record

Team USA's Ian Silverman of Baltimore broke a nearly 13-year-old world record in the men's 400-meter freestyle S10 race Wednesday, highlighting Day 1 of the 2014 Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships in Pasadena, Calif. During the first day of action at Rose Bowl Aquatics Center, the U.S. team won 27 medals, including six from the sweep of the women's 50m free S9 and S13 races. "It's a huge accomplishment to break a world record," Silverman said in a story on teamusa.org. "I really can't even put it into words what it means to finally get that one. I've been close to it before, really close, and I am really happy to start my week with that world record. That's the one I wanted." Silverman, who will swim at Southern California this fall, won the same event at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, only months after learning about Paralympic sport. "That world record has been a monkey on my back since I just missed it in London," said Silverman, who holds four world records, including the men's 800m free, the men's 1500m free and the men's 400m individual medley. When Canada's Philippe Gagnon swam the previous world record (4:04.20) in the men's 400m S10 on Aug. 7, 2001, Silverman was only 5. He swam a 4:03.57 Wednesday. "There have been so many great swimmers to swim that race, and this record has held the test of time," Silverman said. "To be the one to finally break it, it's a huge honor." Silverman was joined on the podium by Canada's Alec Elliott, who swam 4:16.61, and Team USA's Dalton Herendeen of South Bend, Ind., who swam a 4:20.75. Brad Snyder of Baltimore, retired from the U.S. Navy, made his return to international swimming after a two-year hiatus by placing first in the men's 400m free S11, an event he also won at the 2012 Paralympic Games. Jessica Long of Baltimore won the women's 100m fly S8. Becca Meyers of Timonium took the women's 100m fly S13. Meyers was second in the S13 women's race, finishing in 28.63; Martha Ruether of Allegany, N.Y., won in 28.58. The 2014 Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships is the largest competition of the year for U.S. swimmers. Competition continues through Sunday.

Maryland basketball

Men to play Arizona St. in Hall of Fame Classic

The matchups for November's CBE Hall of Fame Classic were announced Wednesday, with the Terps set to face Arizona State in the semifinals of the event Nov. 24 in Kansas City, Mo. As part of the week's festivities, former Terps coach Gary Williams will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on Nov. 23. (He goes into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this Friday.) Arizona State went 21–12 last season in its eighth season under former North Carolina State coach Herb Sendek. The Terps and Sun Devils are 1-1 against each other all time, last meeting in 1994 at the Maui Invitational.

Women: Maryland released its nonconference schedule, with the highlight a game Dec. 3 at Notre Dame, which has made the Final Four each of the past four seasons. The Terps will open their season Nov. 14 against Mount St. Mary's in College Park. Other notable games include Loyola Maryland at home Nov. 24, Towson at home Dec. 7 and Coppin State in Baltimore on Dec. 21.

College soccer

McDonogh's Andrzejewski commits to North Carolina

McDonogh forward Bridgette Andrzejewski, a two-time All-Metro first-team selection, has made an oral commitment to play at North Carolina. Andrzejewski had 29 goals and 10 assists last season to help lead the No. 1 Eagles (14-2-2) to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference title. AnsonDorrance"Knowing the success they've had in the past, I trust that they will help me reach my full potential," Andrzejewski said of North Carolina. The rising junior, who just returned from a training session with the under-17 national team in Portland, Ore., added that she grew up idolizing former North Carolina and U.S. national team star Mia Hamm. Andrzejewski is also excited about following in the footsteps of former McDonogh and North Carolina standout Laurie Schwoy, who coached her as a youth.

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More women: Jade Seabrook, a Navy senior defender, has been named to the watch list for the MAC Hermann Trophy, which annually honors the top Division I player.

Men: UMBC senior defender Oumar Ballo (Archbishop Curley) and Navy senior defender Joseph Greenspan have been named to the men's Hermann Trophy watch list. ... Maryland, which lost to Notre Dame in December's College Cup final, was picked second in the NSCAA/Continental Tire preseason rankings. UMBC, the two-time defending America East champion, was 19th, while Navy was ranked 25th.


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