45 Selected to Huge Para Pan Pacs Team Including Both Newcomers and Veterans

The USOC has selected a roster of 45 swimmers – 27 women and 18 men – for the 2014 Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships. That meet will run from August 6th-10th in Pasadena, California.

The roster is a huge one, and according to the USOC it’s the biggest roster that the Americans have ever taken to a major competition. That roster size has been reportedly planned all year as a way to incentivize team members and with the relatively low costs of travel to a domestically-hosted meet.

The roster includes 19 members of the 2012 Paralympic team, including stars and gold medalists like Jessica Long and Brad Snyder. A veteran cast like 22-year old Cortney Jordan, who is a two-time Paralympian, and Tom Miazga, who was on the Paralympic team in 2008, missed the team in 2012, and made a comeback this year to break multiple American Records, will be crucial, as almost half of this roster will be making their debut in terms of competitions of this level.

Included among those newcomers are the likes of Michelle Konkoly, who might be the next big star of U.S. Paralympic swimming. The Georgetown student was a member of the Hoyas’ varsity team before an injury left her to look down the Paralympic avenue instead. That paid off with multiple American Records at the CanAms qualifying meet two weeks ago in Miami.

The full roster is below.

Roster for the 2014 Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championship Team

*Denotes 2012 U.S. Paralympian
^Denotes 2013 U.S. World Team member

Women

Name Hometown Classification

Hannah Aspden Raleigh, N.C. S9/SB8/SM9
^Haley Beranbaum Snohomish, Wash. S5/SB5/SM5
^Reilly Boyt Ft. Collins, Colo. S6/SB6/SM6
*Brickelle Bro Castle Rock, Colo. S8/SB7/SM8
Leslie Cichocki Palos Hills, Ill. S14/SB14/SM14
Amy Chapman Batavia, Ill. S8/SB7/SM8
*McKenzie Coan Clarkesville, Ga. S8/SB7/SM8
^Cailin Currie Danvers, Mass. S13/SB13/SM13
*Anna Eames Golden Valley, Minn. S10/SB9/SM10
*^Alyssa Gialamas Naperville, Ill. S5/SB4/SM5
Lindsay Grogan Athens, Ga. S9/SB8/SM9
Sophia  Herzog Fairplay, Colo. S6/SB6/SM6
*^Cortney Jordan Henderson, Nev. S7/SB7/SM7
Serafina King Santa Monica, Calif. S10/NE/NE
Michelle Konkoly Eagleview, Pa. S9/SB8/SM9
Ahalya Lettenberger Glen Ellyn, Ill. S8/SB7/SM8
*^Jessica Long Baltimore, Md. S8/SB7/SM8
*^Letticia Martinez Las Cruces, N.M. S11/SB11/SM11
*^Rebecca Meyers Timonium, Md. S13/SB13/SM13
*^Noga Nir-Kistler Allentown, Pa. S6/SB5/SM6
^Martha Ruether Allegany, N.Y. S13/SB13/SM13
Natalie Sims Minneapolis, Minn. S9/SB9/SM9
^Breanna Sprenger Avon, Ohio S1/SB1/SM1
^Elizabeth Smith Muncie, Ind. S9/SB9/SM9
Leanne Smith Rowley, Mass. S7/SB6/SM7
^Kayla Wheeler Lynnwood, Wash. S2/SB1/SM2
*^Colleen Young St. Louis, Mo. S13/SB13/SM13

Men

Name Hometown Classification

Blake Adams Lakeville, Minn. S13/SB13/SM13
*Evan Austin Terre Haute, Ind. S8/SB7/SM8
*^Cody Bureau Latrobe, Pa. S9/SB9/SM9
Rafael Castillo Miami, Fla. S6/SB6/SM6
*^Michael DeMarco San Diego, Calif. S3/SB2/SM3
^Tharon Drake Hobbs, N.M. S11/SB11/SM11
^Ryan Duemler Chesterfield, Mo. S8/SB7/SM8
*^Tucker Dupree Raleigh, N.C. S12/SB12/SM12
Robert Griswold Freehold, N.J. S9/SB8/SM9
*Dalton Herendeen South Bend, Ind. S10/SB8/SM10
*Curtis Lovejoy Atlanta, Ga. S2/SB1/SM2
Lucas McCrory Chapel Hill, N.C. S7/SB7/SM7
Tom Miazga Cedarburg, Wis. S8/SB7/SM8
*^Roy Perkins Del Mar, Calif. S5/SB4/SM5
Roderick Sewell Florence, Ala. S8/SB6/SM8
*^Ian Silverman Baltimore, Md. S10/SB9/SM10
*Brad Snyder Baltimore, Md. S11/SB11/SM11
Joe Underwood Phoenix, Ariz. S7/SB6/SM7

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Super excited to 15 year old Team Santa Monica swimmer, Serafina King on the roster. Congratulations to all of the swimmers!

Colin

Me too, Tamara. Congrats!

Teresa Coan

HARD WORK IS ALWAYS REWARDED! Congrats to C. WAVES
Swim Team member McKenzie Coan! We are so proud of you! Congrats to all of the swimmers! Go Team USA!
Coach Teresa and The WAVES Swim Team Members

Frances Follmer

Congratulations to Serafina King for making the team. I will travel from Maryland to California to see her represent the USA. Good Luck Team USA!

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