Historic performances continue on second day of national championship competition

by U.S. Paralympics Swimming

Olivia Chambers, Morgan Stickney and Taylor Winnett pictured on the podium. (Photo by Kevin Lubin/USOPC)

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – Eleven national champions were crowned at the Rosen Aquatic Center on the second day of competition at the 2023 U.S. Paralympics Swimming National Championships presented by Toyota. After a jam-packed season that included the Manchester 2023 Para Swimming World Championships and Santiago 2023 Parapan American Games, swimmers are using the event as the last chance of the season to meet minimum qualifying standards needed in order to take part in next year’s U.S. Paralympic Team Trials in June.

Two-time Paralympic champion Morgan Stickney (Cary, North Carolina) smashed not one, but two world records in the morning session clocking in with historic times of 10:14.47 in the women’s 800m freestyle S7 and 19:21.20 in the women’s 1500m freestyle S7 respectively to cement her 2023 season. After a spectacular showing at the world championships this summer, Olivia Chambers (Little Rock, Arkansas) added another record to her tally grabbing the world’s fastest in the women’s 1500m freestyle S13 after recording a time of 17:53.84.

“First off, I’m just so grateful to have the opportunity to race this weekend,” said Stickney. “That was the first time racing the 1500m as an amputee, so I definitely had no expectations going in. I just wanted to have fun because it’s my favorite event. Nationals is a great opportunity to get more racing in. I’m going through a lot medically, so I’m honestly just grateful to be here.”

Adding to his world record from day one, Morgan Ray (St. Augustine, Florida) continued to shine in the pool breaking three American records – twice in the men’s 100m breaststroke SB6 along with the men’s 50m breaststroke SB6.

Competition will conclude on Sunday, Dec. 17 with preliminary sessions starting at 9 a.m. ET and finals starting at 5:30 p.m. ET. All races are mixed class, and results based on the World Para Swimming points system to create an equitable field of play among the different classes. The evening finals are being streamed live on the U.S. Paralympics Swimming website and Facebook page. For full timed results, click here

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Day 2 Results - WPS Points

Men’s 200m Butterfly S1-14

  1. Jeff Lovett – S14
  2. Braxton Wong – S9
  3. Owen McNear – S10

Women’s 1500m Freestyle S1-14

  1. Morgan Stickney – S7
  2. Olivia Chambers – S13
  3. Taylor Winnett – S10

Men’s 1500m Freestyle S1-14

  1. Max Kubik – S9
  2. Isaace Barton – S10
  3. Drennan Shall – S10

Women’s 100m Backstroke S1-2,6-14

  1. Elizabeth Marks – S6
  2. Alexandra Truwit – S10
  3. Gia Pergolini – S13

Men’s 100m Backstroke S1-2,6-14

  1. Lawrence Sapp – S14
  2. Trevor Lukacsko – S14
  3. Braxton Wong – S14

Women’s 50m Breaststroke SB1-3

  1. Leanne Smith – SB3

Women’s 100m Breaststroke SB4-9,11-14

  1. Colleen Young – B13
  2. Olivia Chambers – SB13
  3. Ahalya Lettenberger – SB6

Men’s 100m Breaststroke SB4-9,11-14

  1. Morgan Ray – SB6
  2. David Abrahams – SB13
  3. Zach Shattuck – SB6

Women’s 50m Freestyle S1-13

  1. Gia Pergolini – S13
  2. Natalie Sims – S9
  3. McKenzie Coan – S7

Men’s 50m Freestyle S1-13

  1. Jamal Hill – S9
  2. Noah Jaffe – S8
  3. Ilija Tadic – S9

Mixed 400m Freestyle Relay 56 pts.

  1. Jeff Lovett, Piper Sadowiski, Abby Kershaw, Trevor Lukacsko
  2. Cyrus Kia, Tyler Austin, Tessa Nagy, Julia Lane
  3. Joey Jurries, Maggie Scherder, Caitlin Trevor, Philip Sosidko