Following the results of their competitive tests, American Record holders Ian Silverman and McKenzie Coan have officially been reclassified. The “bench” test and “in water” test were both conducted on Tuesday. The final competitive test involved observing the swimmers in competition, which took place on Thursday at the German International Championships.
Silverman, a sophomore swimmer at USC, has cerebral palsy, which affects body movement and muscle coordination. He was the 2012 Paralympic champion in the 400 free in the S10 class (athletes with the least-severe impairment), and holds 25 American Records in the S10 class (12 SCY records, 13 LCM records).
Silverman has been classed as an S10/SB9/SM10, meaning he will compete in the 10 category for freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, and IM races; and as a 9 in the breaststroke races.
Coan, meanwhile, holds multiple American Records as a freestyler in the S8 class. She has been reclassified as an S7/SB6/SM7. Coan is now an immediate Paralympic medal favorite in the S7 class.