Name: Ian Silverman
Sport: Para Swimming
Classification: S10/SB9/SM10
Height: 6'3”
Weight: 195 lbs
Current Residence: Baltimore, Maryland

Paralympic Experience:

  • 2012 Paralympic Games: gold (400m freestyle), 6th (50m freestyle), 7th (200m individual medley, 100m freestyle), 8th (100m butterfly)

Career Highlights:

  • 2014 Para Pan Pacs: gold (400m freestyle), silver (200m individual medley), bronze (100m freestyle), bronze (100m butterfly), 4th (50m freestyle)
  • 2014: Spring Nationals/CanAms, gold (400m freestyle, 100m fly, 100m and 1500m freestyle), silver (50m freestyle, 200m individual medley), 4th (100m backstroke)
  • 2013: World Championships, gold (400m freestyle), silver (100m freestyle), bronze (50m freestyle, 200m individual medley)
  • 2013 Spring Nationals/ CanAms, gold (100m freestyle, 1500m freestyle, 50m freestyle, 200m individual, 800m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 100m fly)
  • Paralympic World Record Holder: 400m freestyle S10, 800m freestyle S10, 1500m freestyle S10, 400m IM SM10
  • Paralympic American Record Holder: 50m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m & 1500m freestyle; 50m, 100m & 200m butterfly; 200m IM & 400m IM
  • Tricia L Zorn Disability Swimmer of the Year Award 2013
  • Scholastic All-American recognition for high school swimming 2013-2014
  • All-American recognition for high school swimming for 2011-12, 2012-2013
  • All-Maryland Team 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Maryland Swimming Swimmer of the Year 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013


Fun Facts: Ian Silverman was born with mild cerebral palsy and has undergone muscle lengthening surgeries to his lower extremities, as well as serial casting and Botox injections; however, this has not stopped Silverman from achieving both in and out of the pool. Now, Silverman is a freshman at the University of Southern California, where he competes against able-bodied Division I athletes. Silverman is studying business and film at U.S.C. His first Paralympic experience was at the 2012 London Paralympic Games. He dedicated his swim and gold medal to his best friend and teammate, Alec J. Cosgarea, who tragically passed on July 9, 2012. Silverman is coached by Dave Salo at the University of Southern California. Silverman has swum for the North Baltimore Aquatic Club since the age of seven where he is coached by Erik Posegay.

Learn more: 
US Para Swimming