25 of the nation’s top para-athletes will represent the U.S. at this summer’s IPC World Swimming Championships.
Headliner Jessica Long leads a talented and experience crew into Glasgow, Scotland, this summer. Long owns 12 Paralympic gold medals and competed in Athens, Beijing and London.
The team features 16 returning swimmers from the 2008 and 2012 Games.
The full Team USA press release is below:
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, announced today the 25 athletes who will represent the U.S. at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships, July 13-19, in Glasgow, Scotland.
The world championships will bring together around 650 swimmers from 50 countries to compete at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow. The event will be the largest international competition before the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
“We are excited about the U.S. team that will be competing at worlds,” said Queenie Nichols, high performance director for U.S. Paralympics swimming. “The team has a great mix of veteran athletes, as well as some real up and comers, which will undoubtedly result in some outstanding performances in Glasgow.”
The roster features nine female and seven male Paralympians with swimmers competing at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games and London 2012 Paralympic Games. Three-time Paralympian Jessica Long (Baltimore, Maryland) leads a talented group with 17 Paralympic medals, including 12 gold. On the men’s side, Roy Perkins (Del Mar, California) collected six medals in his two Paralympic Games to build a strong foundation for the U.S. team.
In addition to Paralympic representation, the U.S. returns a core group of 16 athletes from the 2013 world championship team. Ten female and six male returning swimmers competed at the event in Montreal, Canada where the U.S. finished fourth in the medal count with 33 total medals—11 gold, 13 silver and 9 bronze.
|*Denotes U.S. Paralympian|
|Hannah Aspden||Raleigh, N.C.||S9/SB8/SM9|
|Brickelle Bro*||Castle Rock, Colo.||S8/SB7/SM8|
|McKenzie Coan*||Clarkesville, Ga.||S8/SB7/SM8|
|Cailin Currie||Danvers, Mass.||S13/SB13/SM13|
|Alyssa Gialamas*||Naperville, Ill.||S5/SB4/SM5|
|Lindsay Grogan||Athens, Ga.||S9/SB8/SM9|
|Cortney Jordan*||Henderson, Nev.||S7/SB7/SM7|
|Michelle Konkoly||Eagleville, Pa.||S9/SB8/SM9|
|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|
|Elizabeth Smith||Muncie, Ind.||S9/SB9/SM9|
|Colleen Young *||St. Louis, Mo.||S13/SB13/SM13|
|Cody Bureau*||Latrobe, Pa.||S9/SB9/SM9|
|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|
|Rudy Garcia-Tolson*||Bloomington, Calif.||S8/SB7/SM7|
|Robert Griswold||Freehold, N.J.||S8/SB7/SM8|
|Dalton Herendeen*||South Bend, Ind.||S10/SB8/SM10|
|Roy Perkins*||Del Mar, Calif.||S5/SB4/SM5|
|Brad Snyder*||Baltimore, Md.||S11/SB11/SM11|
Team Leader: Jamie Martin
Assistant Team Leader: Queenie Nichols
Head Coach: Jeannine Carpenter
Assistant Coach: David Albert
Assistant Coach: Andrew Barranco
Assistant Coach: Dave Denniston
Assistant Coach: Lou Petto
Assistant Coach: Alexis Swedlund
Sport Science: Peggy Ewald
Medical: Kerry Conway
Medical: Christopher Crawford
Details about the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships can be found at Paralympic.org.