Name: Ahalya Lettenberger
Event(s): 400m Free, 100m Back, 100m Breast, 200m IM
Classification: S7, SB6, SM7
DOB: 3/19/2001
Birthplace: Glen Ellyn
Hometown: Glen Ellyn, Ill.
High School: Glenbard West High School (Glen Ellyn, IL) ‘19
College: Rice University (Houston,TX) '23, Bio-Engineering and Pre-Med
Coach(es): Seth Huston
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2019 – silver (400m free), 4th (200m IM), 5th (100m free), 8th (100m back)
  • Years of Participation: 2019
  • Medals: 1 (1 silver)
  • Silver – 2019 (400m free)
Other Career Highlights
  • 2018 Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships, 2nd place (200 IM, 100 Breaststroke); 3rd place (400 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke)
  • 2015: Spring Can Am , 2nd place (100 Back)
  • 3rd place (200 IM, 100 Breast)
  • 2014: Spring Can Am, 4th place (100 Breast, 100 Back)
  • Pan Pacific Para Championships, Finals (50 Free, 100 Back, 200 IM, 100 Breast)
  • Winter Can Am, 4th place (400 Free)
  • 1st place (200 Back, 100 Back, 200 IM)
  • 3rd place (100 Breast)
  • 2013 Winter Can Am, 3rd place (200 IM)
  • 4th place (100 Back, 400 Free)
Personal: Ahalya was born with arthrogryposis amyoplasia, a muscular skeletal disorder that affects her lower limbs, but has never let her disability affect her tenacity, determination and competitive spirit. While Ahalya has always participated in a variety of sports, she began swimming just at age 11 to combat chronic hip pain due to her bilateral hip dysplasia. Thanks to her coaches at her competitive swim team, who encouraged her natural abilities in the pool and fed her competitive drive, she fell in love with the sport. At age 12, she competed in her first Para swimming event, the GTAC Disability Open. Less than a year later in March 2013, at age 13, she was named to the U.S. emerging team roster, and was also a member of the 2014 Pan-Pacific roster. Ahalya’s greatest swimming achievement to date is winning the silver medal in the 400m freestyle at the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships…Currently attends Rice University in Houston where she is a bioengineering and pre-med major. She currently competes on their Division I swim team…Hobbies include cooking, baking, movies, reading, spending time with friends and family…Daughter to Tom and Anna…Has two siblings Alex and Charlie…Has a black lab named Rocky.