Name: McClain Hermes
Sport: Swimming
Event(s): 400-meter Freestyle, 100-meter Backstroke, 100-meter Breaststroke
Classification: S11, SB11, SM11
Height: 5-5
DOB: 1/5/2001
Birthplace: Charlotte, N.C.
Hometown: Dacula, Ga.
High School: Gwinnett Online Campus (Gwinnett, Ga.) '19
College: Loyola University Maryland ‘23
Team/Club: Dynamo Swim Club
Paralympic Experience
  • Two-time Paralympian (2016, 2020)
  • Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, 6th (400-meter freestyle)
  • Paralympic Games Rio 2016, 8th (100-meter backstroke)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2022 (4th, 400-meter freestyle, 100-meter backstroke; 5th, 100-meter freestyle; 8th, 50-meter freestyle)
  • Years of Participation: 2017, 2022
  • Medals: 5 (1 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze)
  • Gold – 2017 (400-meter freestyle)
  • Silver – 2017 (100-meter freestyle, 100-meter backstroke)
  • Bronze – 2017 (50-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke)
Personal: When Hermes was eight years old, she had four emergency eye surgeries due to retina detachments, the result of Wagner Syndrome...She is now completely blind in the right eye and describes the vision in her left eye as, “seeing through a straw with wax paper over it"...Her vision loss is progressive...The teenager competed for the U.S. at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games and holds 10 short course American records in the S12 classification...Daughter of Matt and Carmen Hermes...Has one brother, Logan, and one sister, Madeline...Interests include cross-training and tandem bike riding with family and friends...Also enjoys traveling, reading, and writing...Hermes and her father began Shoes for the Souls as a small service project in 2009...The first year she collected and donated 365 pairs of new and used shoes to the Atlanta Mission, which serves homeless men, women and children...That "small service project" has now collected and donated over 15,000 pairs of shoes to The Atlanta Mission