Congratulations to our very own Team USA member, McClain Hermes for her amazing debut at the 2017 World Para Swimming Championships in Mexico City. McClain started the competition strong securing the first silver medal for Team USA at the Francisco Marquez Olympic Swimming Pool, swimming the S11 100 free in a time of 1:19.67 before going on to set an American record and win the gold in the 400 free (5:46.00) in her world championships debut!
McClain’s journey was amazing, medaling in every event she swam for a total of 5 medals:
- DAY 1: she secured the first SILVER for Team USA in the S11 100 free (1:19:67)
- DAY 2: she captured a second SILVER in the S11 100 backstroke making a new American record with a time of 1:26.38
- DAY 4: was a double medal day for McClain winning GOLD and setting another American record in the S11 400-meter freestyle (5:46:00) and BRONZE in the S11 50 free (37.74)
- DAY 5: she closed out her debut with another BRONZE in the SB11 100m Breaststroke
This video was shot posted by Matt Hermes. It shows McClain receiving the GOLD and the national anthem playing in her honor!
McClain on her double-medal day. . .
“It feels really amazing because I’ve had a really hard past year. After Rio, I got really sick and went through a lot. It feels great to show that I can overcome something and perform really well.”