USADS Announces 2022 Deaflympics Roster

24th World Summer Deaflympics

The USA Deaf Swimming Federation (USADS) has announced the full roster for the 24th World Summer Deaflympics. The competition will take place in Caxias Do Sul, Brazil from May 1-15, 2022. The Deaflympics consists of 20 sports, and will host 6,000 deaf and hard-of-hearing athletes from nearly 100 countries.

The Deaflympics are sanctioned by the IOC and are the highest level of world competition exclusively for athletes who are deaf and hard of hearing. They are held every four years on an alternating schedule with the Olympic Games. The 24th Deaflympics was originally scheduled for 2021 but got pushed back when the Olympic Games in Tokyo were rescheduled. 

The USA’s Deaflympics Swimming Roster is made up of 12 athletes. 


Athlete Age Home Town
Carli Cronk 16 San Antonio, TX
Trysta Duerson 19 Edmond, OK
Sammy Fujii 17 Los Angeles, CA
Marissa Giuntoli 17 Austin, TX
Emily Massengale 21 Bradenton, FL
Madison Nilan 16 New Market, MD
Brooke Thompson 17 Bloomfield Hills, MI
Kaitlyn Weatherby 23 Sewell, NJ
Collin Davis 19 Durham, NC
Tanner Fixsen 19 Stayton, OR
Matthew Klotz 25 Cameron Park, CA
Daniel Pletenets 17 Jacksonville, FL

Of these twelve athletes, nine also competed for team USA at the 2019 Deaf World Championships in Sao Paulo Brazil. Several of the selected athletes hold various Deaf records. These include Team USA returners Matthew Klotz, Emily Massengale, and Collin Davis.

Matthew Klotz swam for LSU from 2016-2020. He competed at the 2013 and 2017 Deaflympics and is a 5-time gold medalist. He also owns two silver medals and one bronze. Klotz currently holds the Deaf world record in the 50 free (23.14), 50 back (25.75), 100 back (56.06), 200 back (2:01.96).  

Emily Massengale competed in the 2017 Deaflympics where she earned 2 bronze medals. She also brought home 3 medals from the 2019 Deaf World Championships. Massengale currently owns the Deaf Swimming USA records in the 50, 100, and 200m backstrokes. She swims backstroke and IM and currently attends Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO. 

Collin Davis is currently a senior in high school. He represented the USA at the 2019 Deaf World Championships where he set the Deaf American Record in the 800m freestyle. He primarily competes in distance freestyle and backstroke events. Davis is committed to swim for the University of Wyoming for the 2022-2023 season.

The last Deaflympics were held in 2017 in Samsun, Turkey. In the swimming competition, Russia came out on top with 44 medals- 26 gold, 10 silver, and 8 bronze. The USA was fourth in the overall medal count with 3 gold, 2 silver, and 3 bronze for 8 total medals.

This year, Russian athletes will not be allowed to participate. The International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) announced in March that they will be following the recommendations of the IOC and excluding athletes from Russia and Belarus from competition.

The swimming competition at the 2022 Deaflympics will run from May 2nd to May 9th. An entries report or psych sheet is not currently available. 


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1 year ago

Go fast, Carli!