CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Franklin & Marshall swimmer Becca Meyers won four events over the weekend at the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Trials to qualify for her second Summer Paralympic Games, while teammate Megan Liang represented the Diplomats with a pair of sixth-place performances but narrowly missed out on qualifying.
Complete results from the U.S. Trials can be found here.
The trials served as qualification for the 2016 Summer Paralympic Games, being held at the Rio Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from September 7-18.
Meyers (Baltimore, Md. / Notre Dame Prep) is headed to her second career Paralympics and is in search of her first gold medal after taking silver (200-meter IM), bronze (100-meter freestyle) and fifth (50-meter freestyle) in the 2012 London Paralympic Games. At the U.S. Trials, Meyers earned victories in four events and added a second and third-place showing in the six competitions in which she participated.
She touched the wall first in the 400-meter freestyle with a time of 4:27.87, nearly 30 seconds faster than the second-place finisher. Meyers also secured gold in the 100-meter butterfly (1:07.02), 200-meter IM (2:29.50) and 100-meter freestyle (1:01.55). A 2016 NCAA Division III All-American in the 1650-yard freestyle, Meyers is one of only 10 athletes to represent the United States on the 2016 National A Team in Rio. She was born deaf and suffers from Usher syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes gradual hearing, balance and vision loss.
Liang (Moraga, Calif. / Campolindo) was impressive over the weekend, registering a pair of sixth-place finishes in the 50-meter freestyle (33.26) and the 100-meter freestyle (1:11.52). The U.S. Trials were the second in Liang's career after she also competed at the 2012 Trials in North Dakota. Liang is an amputee after cancer forced doctors to remove the majority of her left leg below the knee in 2001 when she was seven years old.