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Rebecca Meyers

Rebecca Meyers

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Countries United States of America
Occupations Athlete Swimmer
Type Sports
Gender female
Birth 20 November 1994 (Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.)
Star sign ScorpioScorpio
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Biography

Rebecca Meyers (born in Baltimore on November 20, 1994) is a Paralympic swimmer of the United States. She won three gold and one silver medals in Rio 2016. Rebecca was also a member of the 2012 Paralympic Team and won a Silver and Bronze in London. [1]

Biography

She has Usher syndrome and has been deaf since she was born. Since she was young she has used a cochlear implant, an electronic device that allows her to hear when people communicate with her [1] Rebecca is also losing her vision to a disease called Retinitis PIgmentosa (RP) and currently has a Seeing Eye dog named Birdie, who helps her navigate the world. [2] In 2015 she received a Best Female Athlete with a Disability ESPY Award. She won gold in record time at the 2016 Summer Paralympics. She grew up in Baltimore and graduated from Notre Dame Prep and is currently attending Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. 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, MD where Michael Phelps trained. She holds multiple World Records in the S13 class.

International

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. [1] [2]

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 Records in the S13 Classification: 200M Individual Medley and 400M Freestyle. [3] [4]

2013: Montreal, Canada IPC Swimming World Championships

2 Gold Medals: 200M Individual Medley and 400M Freestyle. 2 Silver Medals: 100M Butterfly and 100M Freestyle. [5]

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. [6] [7]

2009 Deaflympics Taipei, Taiwan

Won Bronze in the 4x200M Freestyle Relay. Set American Record in the 4x200M Freestyle Relay. [8]

Awards/Honors

2016: -Trischa Zorn Award presented by USA Swimming. [1]

-Team USA Finalist: Female Athlete of the Paralympic Games. [2]

-NCAA DIII Swimming and Diving Championships: placed 6th overall in the 1650y freestyle. Named to the All-America Team. [3]

2015: - ESPN ESPY Winner. [4]

- Team USA Female Paralympic Athlete of the Year Finalist. [5]

2011

USADF SPORTSPERSON of the Year presented by USA Deaf Sports Federation. [6]

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