Jessica Long, Brad Snyder Headline 2013 U.S. Paralympic National Team

U.S. Paralympics has named the 2013 National “A” and “B” Teams for Paralympic swimming, and in the post-Paralympic year it is headlined by some huge names, including World Record holders Jessica LongVictoria ArlenMallory WeggemannBrad Snyder, and Justin Zook.

The criteria for being named to this year’s “A” team was being a medalist at last year’s Paralympic Games; making the “B” team required qualifying for the Paralympic Team and finishing in the top 8 (and within 3% of the winning swimmer’s time). Athletes can be added to these rosters throughout the year by hitting the National Team “A” or “B” standards, or by winning a medal at the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships.

Making these teams can be a huge financial boon for athletes; though surely not enough to support them fully, Paralympics/World Championship medalists receive a monthly stipend of $800; those athletes who meet the National A Team Standard receive a $500 monthly stipend; and B Team members receive a $300 monthly stipend. In addition, National Team athletes can receive up to $1,750 in travel stipends to attend certain select elite-level meets, insurance, and housing/food support for training at the National Training Center.

Further money can be earned by setting a Paralympic World Record in a Paralympic event ($500) and a World Record at this year’s World Championships ($1,000).

More about this year’s Athlete and Sport Program is available here.
Read more about 2013 Long Course Championships qualifying procedures here.

2013 National A Team


Name Hometown Class
Victoria Arlen Exeter, N.H. S6/SB5/SM6
Kelley Becherer Sheboygan, Wis. S13/SB13/SM13
Cortney Jordan Henderson, Nev. S7/SB7/SM7
Jessica Long Baltimore, Md. S8/SB7/SM8
Rebecca Meyers Timonium, Md, S13/SB13/SM13
Noga Nir-Kistler Allentown, Pa. S6/SB5/SM6
Susan Beth Scott Cape Girardeau, Mo. S10/SB9/SM10
Elizabeth Stone Grand Rapids, Mich. S9/SB8/SM9
Mallory Weggemann Eagan, Minn. S7/SB6/SM7


Name Hometown Class
Tucker Dupree Raleigh, N.C. S12/SB12/SM12
Rudy Garcia-Tolson Riverside, Calif. S8/SB7/SM7
Lantz Lamback Augusta, Ga. S7/SB7/SM7
Roy Perkins Del Mar, Calif. S5/SB4/SM5
Ian Silverman Baltimore, Md. S10/SB9/SM10
Brad Snyder St. Petersburg, Fla. S11/SB11/SM11
Justin Zook Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. S10/SB9/SM10

2013 National B Team


Name Hometown Class
Anna Eames Golden Valley, Minn. S10/SB9/SM10
Anna Johannes Alexandria, Va. S9/SB8/SM9
Colleen Young St. Louis, Mo. S13/SB13/SM13


Name Hometown Class
Cody Bureau Latrobe, Pa. S9/SB9/SM9
Joe Wise Menlo Park, Calif. S10/SB9/SM10

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8 years ago

It’s a shame our Para Olympic Athletes aren’t supported like Great Britain’s!

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