Name: Natalie Sims
Sport: Swimming
Event(s): 100m Freestyle, 400m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, 100m Butterfly
Classification: S9, SB9, SM9
Height: 5-8
Weight: 145
DOB: 6/6/1997
Birthplace: Edina, Minn.
Hometown: Edina, Minn.
High School: Edina High School (Edina, Minn.) ‘16
Team/Club: YWCA Minneapolis Otters
Paralympic Experience
  • One-time Paralympian (2016)
  • Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, 8th (400m free)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2017 – gold (34 pt. 4x100m free, 34 pt. 4x100m medley), bronze (100m free, 400m free, 50m free), 5th (200m IM), 7th (100m fly)
  • Years of Participation: 2017
  • Medals: 5 medals (2 gold, 3 bronze)
  • Gold – 2017 (34 pt. 4x100m free, 34 pt. 4x100m medley)
  • Bronze – 2017 (100m free, 400m free, 50m free)
Personal: When Sims was thirteen years old, she took a chance and joined her YWCA’s swim club, the Minneapolis Otters. In less than four years she grew from a beginner to one of the fastest youth swimmers in the organization. In 2013, Sims qualified in the S9 classification for her first Paralympic meet. Between 2013-15 she was named to the U.S. Paralympic Swimming Emerging Team and competed in the 2014 Can-Am Paralympic Championships in Edmonton. She is the cousin of Dragomir Cioroslan, the Romanian weightlifting bronze medalist from the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games....Daughter of Michael and Lisa Sims…Has one brother, Jack, and one sister, Nicole…Interests include running, biking, fishing, swimming, reading and yoga…She is a lifeguard.