LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall College's Becca Meyers won her second career ESPY's honor last night at the 25th annual awards ceremony, hosted by NFL great Peyton Manning and televised by ESPN from Los Angeles, topping a field of five nominees for Best Female Athlete with a Disability honor. The Diplomats' All-American swimmer also won the accolade, which is determined by fan voting, in 2015.
Meyers completed her second-career Paralympics Games in Rio de Janeiro last September after winning a total of four medals—three Gold and one Silver—and setting two world records in the 100-meter Butterfly, 200-meter Individual Medley, 400-meter Freestyle, and 100-meter Freestyle. You can watch highlights of her performances here.
Meyers was born deaf and has Usher syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes gradual hearing, balance, and vision loss.
She is currently on an extended leave of absence from the College in order to pursue swimming at the highest level of her sport and to share her inspiring story with audiences around the world. Last September, Meyers returned to campus together with her guide dog, Birdie, to present President Daniel Porterfield and the College with a special U.S. Olympic Committee medal — the Order of Ikkos — that Paralympic medal winners receive to give to others who have been especially supportive of their efforts to achieve world-class success.
The F&M women's swimming program's record holder in the 1,650 and 1,000 Freestyle events, Meyers spent two seasons on the Diplomats from 2014-16. She led her team to a third-place showing at the 2016 Centennial Conference (CC) Championships after securing gold in the 1,650 Freestyle with a time of 16:43.06 to break the pool, meet and CC records and winning the event by more than 23 seconds. She also took silver in the 500 freestyle by clocking a time of 4:59.51.
Her 1,650 Freestyle time was the fourth fastest in Division III for the 2015-16 season and earned her a place in the NCAA Championships where she garnered All-America status with a sixth-place showing, the best finish by a Diplomat since 2007.