Medals and records in Rio for Snyder, Coan

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Brad Snyder, a for­mer Navy swim team cap­tain who was blinded in Afghanistan in 2011, set an Amer­i­can record in the S11 100 back­stroke and shared the sil­ver medal on the sec­ond day of com­pe­ti­tion at the Par­a­lympics on Fri­day in Rio de Janeiro. Snyder, who lives in Can­ton and trains with coach Brian Lo­ef­fler at Loy­ola Mary­land, fin­ished in 1 minute, 8.28 sec­onds, ty­ing Poland’s Wo­j­ciech Makowski. Ukraine’s Dmytro Zalevskyi won in1: 06.66. The pre­vi­ous Amer­i­can record of 1:09.23 was set by John Mor­gan 24 years ear­lier to the day. Snyder, a freestyle spe­cial­ist, will com­pete to­day in the 400 free, where he’s the de­fend­ing gold medal­ist. The 100 back­stroke “is ev­i­dence my work is pay­ing off. Same ba­sic race strat­egy, same dis­tance, same stroke as Lon­don [in 2012] and that is three sec­onds faster. I’m very happy to come away with a medal in that event, an ‘off event.’ ” WOMEN: Loy­ola Mary­land ju­nior McKen­zie Coan claimed her first gold medal for Team USA, set­ting a Par­a­lympic record in the S7 50me­ter freestyle. Coan, from Clarksville, Ga., fin­ished in 32.57 sec­onds in the morn­ing pre­lim­i­nary, then bet­tered that time in the fi­nal, touch­ing first in 32.42. “I am so ex­cited for my first ma­jor medal to be gold. It is ab­so­lutely in­sane,” she said. Ger­many’s Denise Grahl won sil­ver in 33.16, and Great Bri­tain’s Su­san­nah Rodgers won bronze in 33.26. Cort­ney Jor­dan, who grad­u­ated from Loy­ola with a master’s de­gree in 2016 and trains un­der Lo­ef­fler, fin­ished fourth in 33.33. ... Jes­sica Long of Bal­ti­more earned her 19th over­all Par­a­lympic in­di­vid­ual medal with a bronze in the S8 100m but­ter­fly, ty­ing her with Erin Popovich for sec­ond all-time in U.S. women’s his­tory.

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