Robert Griswold competes in the men's 100-meter butterfly S8 at the Para Swimming World Championship Mexico City 2017 on Nov. 6, 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico.
Mallory Weggemann will always remember the pool on the University of Minnesota campus not only as the place where she swam her first lap as a Para swimmer but also where she earned a spot on her third U.S. Paralympic Team.
Others, such as Zachary Shattuck, Lawrence Sapp, Gia Pergolini and Morgan Stickney, will remember it as the place where they earned their first Paralympic team nominations.
The U.S. Paralympic Team Trials brought the country’s best Paralympic veterans and hopefuls to the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center in June. Next stop: Tokyo.
There were memorable performances aplenty, beginning with teenager Pergolini knocking down a world record in the preliminaries of the S13 100-meter backstroke on day one. She bettered it later that night in the final.
From there, U.S. records came tumbling down.
Robert Griswold, Shattuck, Sapp, Anastasia Pagonis, David Abrahams and Jamal Hill were among a number of swimmers who took down previous fastest marks by Americans, and are among the 10 men and 24 women named to the 2020 Paralympic team.
The U.S. finished fourth in medal count the last time out, collecting 14 gold, 14 silver and nine bronze medals in Rio. China, Ukraine and Great Britain all finished ahead.