U.S. team selected for Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships

By Jamie M. Blanchard | April 09, 2014, 3:45 p.m. (ET)
Brad Snyder
After a nearly two-year hiatus from competitive swimming, U.S. Navy veteran Brad Snyder returned last month, and earned a spot on the 2014 Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships.

Ian Silverman
Paralympic champion Ian Silverman set a world record en route to a spot on the U.S. team for the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. ― The United States will send 45 athletes (27 women, 18 men) to the 2014 Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships, U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, announced today. Athletes were selected for the meet, Aug. 6-10 in Pasadena, Calif., based on performances at the 2014 U.S. Paralympics Swimming Spring National Championships/Spring CanAm, March 27-29, in Miami.

“This is the largest team we have taken to a major competition, which reflects how well our athletes performed in Miami,” said Queenie Nichols, high performance director for U.S. Paralympics Swimming. “We are excited to see many of our 2012 U.S. Paralympians returning to the program this year and are equally excited to have some up and coming swimmers on the team.  It’s a great competition to help athletes begin their Road to Rio.”  

The roster, which is highlighted by London 2012 Paralympic Games gold medalists Jessica Long (Baltimore, Md.), Ian Silverman (Baltimore, Md.) and U.S. Navy veteran Brad Snyder (Baltimore, Md.), includes 19 members of the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Team. London medalists Tucker Dupree (Raleigh, N.C.), Cortney Jordan (Henderson, Nev.), Rebecca Meyers (Timonium, Md.), Roy Perkins (Del Mar, Calif.) and Noga Nir-Kistler (Allentown, Pa.) will also compete at the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships.

The U.S. Pan Pacific roster also includes 21 athletes who competed at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee World Championships in Montreal, Canada, helping Team USA to a fourth place finish in the medal standings with 33 medals. Jordan, Long, Meyers, Perkins and Silverman all won world titles last year.

The world champions reigned supreme in Miami with world records set by Meyers and Silverman and the others securing multiple victories. World records from Kayla Wheeler (Lynnwood, Wash.), 17, who competed at the 2013 world championships, and Leslie Cichocki (Palos Hills, Ill.), a relative newcomer to the program, also put them on the 2014 Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championship Team.

The 2014 Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships is the largest competition of the year for U.S. swimmers. Other top events on the Road to Rio include the world championships, July 19-26, 2015, in Glasgow and the Parapan American Games, Aug. 7-15, 2015, in Toronto. The 2016 Paralympic Games are Sept. 7-18 in Rio de Janeiro.

Roster for the 2014 Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championship Team
*Denotes 2012 U.S. Paralympian
^Denotes 2013 U.S. World Team member


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


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

For more information, please contact Jamie Blanchard, U.S. Paralympics, at 719-866-2068 or Jamie.Blanchard@usoc.org.