U.S. Paralympics Select 29 Members For 2016 National Team

In the midst of an Olympic year, the United States Paralympics Swimming has listed 29 athletes as members of Team USA’s 2016 Swimming National Team. The U.S. Paralympics Team enjoyed a wealth of success over the course of 2015. U.S. Paralympic swimmers brought home at least 30 medals at both the IPC World Championships and the Parapan American Games. Their most recent meeting was at the Can-Am Open where several Team USA members locked down their qualification slots for the Rio 2016.

Of its 29 members, at least 18 have competed in past Paralympic Games including veterans Jessica Long, Rebecca Meyers, Tucker Dupree, and Roy Perkins. Several emerging swimmers who have had a hand in lowering U.S. Open Records or hold IPC rankings have been selected to the team such as Colleen Young’s S13 Glasgow performance, Robert Griswold’s S8 World Records, and Tharon Drake’s S11 U.S. Open records.

The U.S. Paralympics nominated the 2016 Swimming National Team based on their athletes’ performances during 2015 at official IPC recognized events. Athletes who competed in individual events and earned one or more medals were automatically drafted to the 2016 National A Team.  If a swimmer didn’t medal at the IPC Worlds, but finished top eight in one or more individual events within 3% of the event’s bronze medal finish, they will be nominated to the 2016 National B Team. Additionally any athlete who achieves a 2016 National A or B Team Standard at said events will be selected for that respective National Team. U.S. Paralympics also considers athletes for discretionary nomination if they were highly competitive in international meets, but were otherwise were unable to perform due to illness, injury, or otherwise unable to compete during the qualification period. If an athlete is named to the 2016 National Team, they are required to travel to designated competitions in the coming months before Rio with the National A Team gaining preference for international trips over the B Team.

Members of the 2016 U.S. Paralympic National Team receive financial compensation each month that is purposed for their training and travel requirements during the course of 2016. These athletes will also be eligible for several accommodating benefits including direct athlete support, extensive health insurance, academic performance programs, transportation and lodging, and Team USA uniforms and apparel.

The 2016 Swimming National Team will get their first crack on this year’s competition at the Jimi Flowers Classic and will have a chance to qualify for the Olympic roster June 30-July 2, at the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Team Trials in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

2016 National A Team
Women
Hannah Aspden Raleigh, N.C. S9/SB8/SM9
McKenzie Coan Clarkesville, Ga. S8/SB7/SM8
Cortney Jordan Henderson, Nev. S7/SB7/SM7
Michelle Konkoly Eagleville, Pa. S9/SB8/SM9
Jessica Long Baltimore, Md. S8/SB7/SM8
Rebecca Meyers Timonium, Md. S13/SB13/SM13
Martha Ruether Allegany, N.Y. S13/SB13/SM13
Elizabeth Smith Muncie, Ind. S9/SB9/SM9
Elizabeth Wasil Colorado Springs, Colo. S10/SB9/SM10
Colleen Young St. Louis, Mo. S13/SB13/SM13
Men
Tharon Drake Hobbs, N.M. S11/SB11/SM11
Tucker Dupree Raleigh, N.C. S12/SB12/SM12
Robert Griswold Freehold, N.J. S9/SB8/SM9
Roy Perkins Del Mar, Calif. S5/SB4/SM5
2016 National B Team
Women
Reilly Boyt Ft. Collins, Colo. S6/SB6/SM6
Brickelle Bro Castle Rock, Colo. S8/SB7/SM8
Anna Eames Golden Valley, Minn. S10/SB9/SM10
Alyssa Gialamas Naperville, Ill. S5/SB5/SM5
Sophia Herzog Fairplay, Colo. S6/SB6/SM6
Anna Johannes Alexandria, Va. S9/SB8/SM9
Letticia Martinez Las Cruces, N.M. S11/SB11/SM11
Noga Nir-Kistler Allentown, Pa. S6/SB5/SM6
Nelya Schasfoort Avon Lake, Ohio S7/SB7/SM7
Mallory Weggemann Eagan, Minn. S8/SB7/SM8
Men
Evan Austin Terre Haute, Ind. S8/SB7/SM8
Cody Bureau Latrobe, Pa. S9/SB9/SM9
Michael DeMarco San Diego, Calif. S3/SB2/SM3
Ryan Duemler Chesterfield, Mo. S8/SB7/SM8
Rudy Garcia-Tolson Bloomington, Calif. S8/SB7/SM7

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Not many male swimmers in that list.

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Stephen's swimming journey has taken him all across the Southeastern United States. Starting out at the Flowood, MS based Sunkist Swim Team, he made the transition to Auburn, AL where he competed the remainder of his high school years with Auburn Aquatics. His college career began at Daytona State College under the …

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