The fastest deaf swimmers in the world are competing in San Antonio, Texas at the 2015 World Deaf Swimming Championships on August 17‐22 at the Northside ISD Aquatic Complex (8400 N Loop 1604 West, San Antonio, TX). Admission is free with donations encouraged. This competition is the premiere event of international deaf swimming and features some of the fastest Deaf swimmers from around the world from an exciting range of 25 countries. This championship meet, hosted by USA Deaf Swimming, is held only once every four years and alternates biennially with the Deaflympics.
This exciting championship is hosted at the Northside Aquatic Center, a state‐of‐the‐art natatorium that was completed in 2013 by the Northside Integrated School District (NISD), the fourth largest school district in the State of Texas. Preliminary Sessions are at 9:00am and Final Sessions at 3:00pm all this week including Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Twenty‐one athletes from Team USA, the reigning world champions, are competing at this event including 10 women and 11 men. Just ahead of Great Britain, Team USA women are currently in second place in the women’s team points standings following Russia in first after the first three days of competition.
Team USA Highlights
Marcus Titus, USA, set a new Deaf World Record in the Men’s 100 Freestyle with a time of 51.22; and he set a new meet record of 1:00.59 in the 100 Breast. Alyssa Greymont and Lilly Creswick, USA earned 1st (9:26.86) & 2nd (9:38.17) in the Women’s 800 Freestyle; and Molly Creswick earned 3rd in the Women’s 50 Breast (34.34). The Women’s 400 Medley Relay (Emily Massengale, Molly Likins, Elizabeth Cocker, Lilly Creswick) came in just shy of the medal podium in 4th place with a time of 4:40.10. Also earning points for the women were Lilly Creswick and Alyssa Greymont who placed 4th and 5th in the Women’s 200 Freestyle finals, Molly Likins and Alix Gavin who placed 5th and 7th in the Women’s 200 Breaststroke, Emily Massengale 8th in Women’s 100 Backstroke and 6th in 200 Butterfly, and Kaitlyn Weatherby 5th in Women’s 200 Butterfly and 7th in 200 Individual Medley. Also earning points for the Men’s team was the Men’s 4x200 Freestyle Relay placing 7th (David Tolstyka, Christopher Martinez, Nicholas Cirone, and Tyler Brown).
Danielle Joyce, Great Britain, set a new deaf world record in the Women’s 100 Back (1:06.35). Peggy DeVilliers, South Africa, set a new deaf world record for women in the 50 Fly (28.28); and DeVilliers also set a new meet record in the 50 Free (26.85). Yoshikazu Kanaji also set a meet record in the Men’s 200 Backstroke (2:08.14).
For more information about the meet, please visit: http://www.wdsc2015.us/
Media and photographers are welcome to attend. Please bring photo identification to obtain press credentials at the front gate.