Gunn grad Amy Watt finished sixth in the women's 400 meters at the Rio Paralympics on Wednesday. It was her third event at the Paralympics, following the long jump and 100 meters, and her first final.
Watt completed the event in 1:04.21. China's Lu Li won in a time of 58.09, edging Russia's Anrune Liebenberg, who ran 58.88.
Fellow Reikes Center staffer Steven Toyoji is entered in Thursday's 1,500 meters. Stanford sophomore swimmer Brickelle Bro competes in the 50 free on Friday.
Three American swimmers collected hardware Wednesday night at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium courtesy of a gold-medal performance from McKenzie Coan, a silver-medal swim from Cortney Jordan and a bronze-medal finish from Tucker Dupree.
The trio sent Team USA’s swimming medal count to 27 for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games with 11 gold, nine silver and seven bronze medals after the seventh day of competition.
Coan left no doubt in any spectator’s mind that she owns the women’s S7 400-meter freestyle, touching the wall at 5:05.77 to snag her second gold in Rio. She won gold in the women’s S7 50 freestyle earlier in the week, completing a remarkable feat by taking first in the shortest and longest freestyle events offered at the Paralympic Games.
"Oh, my goodness that was so much fun,” Coan said. “To be able to go one-two with Cortney (Jordan), I am really emotional. She is my hero. This is the greatest moment of my career."
Jordan was a lane over from Coan in the women’s S7 400 freestyle and secured silver with a time of 5:18.20, giving her an 11th-career Paralympic Games medal.
"She's my training partner,” Jordan stated when asked about going gold-silver with Coan. “We've been doing this for four years. I moved to Baltimore, Maryland to be coached by Brian Loeffler, who's an incredible coach. We all moved together and it's an amazing training group. McKenzie is not only the best training partner, she's also one of my best friends.”
Jordan, a soon-to-be fourth grade teacher, won silver in the women’s S7 50 butterfly and bronze in the women’s SM7 200 individual medley earlier in the meet. She will finish her individual events in Rio on Friday with the 100 freestyle.
Dupree gathered the third U.S. medal of the evening session with a bronze in the men’s S12 100 backstroke, finishing with a mark of 1:01.04. The medal signaled the fourth of his Paralympic career, sending his total to one silver and three bronze medals. Dupree will hope to add to his cache on the final day of competition with the 50 freestyle.