Rebecca Meyers

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Rebecca Meyers
Personal information
Nickname(s)Becca
Born (1994-11-20) 20 November 1994 (age 24)
Baltimore, United States
Sport
Country USA
SportParalympic swimming
Disability classS13
ClubNORTH BALTIMORE AQUATIC CLUB

Rebecca Meyers (born in Baltimore on November 20, 1994[1]) is a Paralympic swimmer of the United States.[2] She won three gold and one silver medals in Rio 2016. She was also a member of the 2012 Paralympic Team, and won a silver and bronze in London.[3]Rebecca Meyers has also competed at the 2009 Summer Deaflympics which was held in Taiwan, which is also her only appearance at the Deaflympics.[4][5] She also clinched a bronze medal in the 4×200m freestyle relay event in the 2009 Summer Deaflympics.[6]

Biography[edit]

Meyers has Usher syndrome and has been deaf since she was born.[7] Since she was young she has used a cochlear implant, an electronic device that allows her to hear.[8] Meyers is also losing her vision to a disease called retinitis pigmentosa (RP), and has a Seeing Eye dog named Birdie, who helps her navigate the world.[9]

In 2015 and 2017, Meyers received a Best Female Athlete with a Disability ESPY Award.[10] She won gold in record time at the 2016 Summer Paralympics.[11]

She grew up in Baltimore, graduated from Notre Dame Prep and is currently attending Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She is a History major with a concentration in Disability Studies. She was a club swimmer with Loyola Blakefield Aquatics for eleven years. In 2012, she joined and continues to train at North Baltimore Aquatic Club, an elite swim club based in Baltimore, Maryland, where Michael Phelps trained. She holds multiple world records in the S13 class.

International[edit]

2017: Mexico City, Mexico World Para Swimming Championships

  • 1 gold medal: 400M Freestyle
  • 2 silver medals: 100M Butterfly and 100M Freestyle
  • 1 bronze medal: 100M breastroke

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2015: Glasgow, Scotland IPC Swimming World Championships

  • 2 gold medals: 200M Individual Medley and 400M Freestyle
  • 1 silver medal: 100M Butterfly
  • Set 2 world records in the S13 classification: 200M Individual Medley and 400M Freestyle[13][14]

2014: Pasadena, California Pan Pac Para-Swimming Championships

  • 4 gold medals: 100M Butterfly, 100M Freestyle, 400M Freestyle, and 200M Individual Medley
  • 2 silver medals: 100M Breaststroke and 50M Freestyle
  • Set 2 world record in the S13 classification: 200M Individual Medley and 400M Freestyle[15][16]

2013: Montreal, Canada IPC Swimming World Championships

  • 2 gold medals: 200M Individual Medley and 400M Freestyle
  • 2 silver medals: 100M Butterfly and 100M Freestyle[17]

2011: Coimbra, Portugal 3rd World Deaf Swimming Championships

  • 4 gold medals: 200M Freestyle, 400M Freestyle, 800M Freestyle, and 4x200M Freestyle Relay
  • Set world record in the 4x200M Freestyle Relay
  • Set deaf world championship record in 800M Freestyle[18][19]

2009 Deaflympics Taipei, Taiwan

  • Bronze medal in the 4x200M Freestyle Relay
  • Set American record in the 4x200M Freestyle Relay[20]

Awards and honors[edit]

2017:

  • ESPN ESPY award winner: Best Female Athlete with a Disability [21]
  • Women's Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year Nominee. [22]


2016:

  • Trischa Zorn Award presented by USA Swimming[23]
  • Team USA Finalist: Female Athlete of the Paralympic Games[24]
  • NCAA DIII Swimming and Diving Championships: placed 6th overall in the 1650y freestyle; named to the All-America Team[25]

2015:

  • ESPN ESPY award winner Best Female Athlete with a Disability [26]
  • Team USA Female Paralympic Athlete of the Year Finalist[27]

2011

  • USADF Sportsperson of the Year presented by USA Deaf Sports Federation[28]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rebecca Meyers". Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  2. ^ "(Video Interview) Rebecca Meyers Uses Paralympic Trials Victories as Indicator for Rio". 2 July 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
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  4. ^ "London's hometown heroes: Rebecca Meyers". Team USA. Retrieved 2018-01-26.
  5. ^ "Rebecca Meyers | Deaflympics". www.deaflympics.com. Retrieved 2018-01-26.
  6. ^ "4×200m freestyle relay | 2009 Summer Deaflympics". www.deaflympics.com. Retrieved 2018-01-26.
  7. ^ Sun, Baltimore. "Timonium para-swimmer Becca Meyers has can-do mantra, 'enormous' heart -- and an ESPY nomination". Retrieved 13 September 2016.
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  10. ^ Principe, Pat. "Meet the local swimmer who won an ESPY award!". Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Baltimore's Meyers sets world record to win Paralympic gold". Retrieved 13 September 2016.
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