Rookies And Veterans Alike Ready To Take On Can Am Para-Swimming Championships

By Stafford Braxton | March 30, 2017, 4:10 p.m. (ET)

 
Three-time Paralympian, Tucker Dupree, will represent Team USA at the 2017 Speedo Can Am Para-Swimming Championships this weekend. 

Newcomers and Paralympians alike are headed to Canada to compete for top spots at the Can Am Para-Swimming Championships in Windsor, Ontario, March 31 – April 2. Nine Rio Paralympians lead the U.S. roster with standouts such as Michelle Konkoly (Eagleville, Pennsylvania) and Tucker Dupree (Raleigh, North Carolina). The 2015 Can Am championships saw an impressive Team USA showing with a total of 28 records broken heading in to the Paralympic Games Rio 2016. The event will bring over 150 athletes and more than 10 countries from around the world to compete.

Rio Return
After her Rio high, Konkoly returns to the pool having secured four medals, including two gold, in hopes of securing a spot on her second world championship team. She enters the competition as the current world record holder in the S9 50- and 100-meter freestyle. Joining her are Rio teammates and silver medalists, Dupree, Rudy Garcia-Tolson (Bloomington, California) and Sophia Herzog (Fairplay, Colorado). Herzog will enter this weekend’s competition as the reigning world record holder in the S6 1500m freestyle race. Additionally, look for strong performances from Paralympians Evan Austin (Terre Haute, Indiana), Haley Beranbaum (Snohomish, Washington), Tye Dutcher (Merced, California), Letticia Martinez (Las Cruces, New Mexico) and Natalie Sims (Minneapolis, Minnesota).

Testing The Waters
Newly nationally classified athletes Aspen Shelton (Fort Worth, Texas) and Gia Pergolini (Chattahoochee, Georgia) are looking to make their mark in the pool in Canada. Having broken several American records between the two of them in short course competition, Shelton (S12) and Pergolini (S13) will hope to rise to the occasion and attempt to rewrite the record books for Team USA.

Emerging Athletes
This meet will be an opportunity for emerging athletes to gain experience on the international level while also having the chance to qualify for a spot on the U.S. Paralympics Swimming National Team roster. Athletes will strive for national team standards to either be placed on the A-team, B-team or the emerging team. Four athletes currently on the emerging team will look to move their way up after living and training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado as resident athletes. Roderick Sewell (Spring Valley, California), Jacob Pruett (Phoenix, Arizona) and Garner Moss (Madison, Wisconsin) will compete for the men, while Samantha Tubbs (King George, Virginia) will represent the women.

The event will be hosted at the Windsor Aquatic Club and will begin on Friday, March 31 and conclude on Sunday, April 2. Full results can be found on the Swimming Canada website.