Bradley Snyder


Name: Bradley Snyder
Event: 50-meter, 100-meter & 400-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 100-meter
backstroke, 100-meter breaststroke, 200-meter individual medley
Height: 5-9
Weight: 160
DOB: 2/29/1984
Birthplace: Reno, Nev.
Hometown: St. Petersburg, Fla.
High School: Northeast High School (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
College: United States Naval Academy, Naval Architecture

Paralympic Experience:
  • 2012 Paralympic Games, gold (100-meter freestyle, 400-meter freestyle), silver (50-meter freestyle)

Career Highlights: 

  • 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships, gold (50-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle, 400-meter freestyle)


The son of Valarie Snyder, Snyder is the oldest of four children, with two younger brothers and one younger sister. His brother Mitchell  was named the Male Swimmer of the year for the 2009 season and his sister Elyse is also a varsity athlete in the sports of cross country and track & field. Snyder began his professional career as an Ensign in the US Navy after graduating from the US Naval Academy with a degree in Naval Architecture. He was elected as swim team captain during his last year of school and completed the Navy Dive School, EOD School and Army’s Airborne school before moving to Charleston, SC. During his second deployment in Afghanistan in the Spring of 2011, Snyder was severely injured due to an IED explosion where he suffered complete vision loss. He returned to the pool during rehabilitation where he was able to earn a spot on the US Paralympic National Team and ticket to London in 2012. In the Spring of 2013, Snyder medically retired from the US Navy and spends time as a motivational speaker. 

US Para Swimming

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