Evan Austin celebrates winning the Men's 50m Butterfly S7 Final during Day One of the London 2019 World Para-swimming Allianz Championships at Aquatics Centre on September 09, 2019 in London, England.
Team USA Para swimmers had plenty of momentum before coronavirus limited pool access across the country. While they get back to training there’s a few athletes you’re going to want to keep an eye on as they prepare for Tokyo.
Meet five of the top male Para swimmers ready to take over the pool in the coming year.
The two-time Paralympian is primed for a strong season after capturing gold in the 2019 World Championships. After taking a break from swimming following the 2012 Paralympic Games, Austin returned in 2013 and has since racked up medals, most recently dominating the 50m fly at last year's world championships He’ll be looking to break onto the podium in Tokyo.
Griswold got his start in the swimming pool when he was six and hasn’t looked back since. The Paralympic bronze medalist got his hardware in the 100m back in Rio and hopes to gain more in the next Paralympics. Griswold has nine World Championship medals going back to 2015, including two gold from 2019 in the 100m back and 200m IM.
Minor turned heads at the 2019 World Para Swimming World Series in Indianapolis finishing first in the 400m freestyle and 50 freestyle, but that wasn’t his first time on the podium. Minor won gold in the 100m and 400m freestyle and silver in the 50 freestyle at the 2018 National Championships and finished second in the 50m and 100m freestyle at the 2017 Can-Am Open.
Sapp has been a member of USA Swimming since 2013 and has been turning in great world championship performances for the US Paralympics Swimming team since 2017. He burst onto the scene with a strong performance at the 2019 World Championships, including a silver medal in the 100m fly. He started swimming at age five and was diagnosed with autism and an intellectual impairment at age 18.
Torres had a busy day on the podium at the 2019 World Para Swimming World Series in Indianapolis. The young swimmer won six medals at the world series, which followed another six-medal outing in his Parapan American Games debut earlier that year. Torres is training for Tokyo in Colorado Springs while taking online classes at Fairfield University.