Name: McClain Hermes
Sport: Swimming
Event(s): 400m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, 100m Breaststroke
Classification: S11, SB11, SM11
Height: 5-5
Weight: 125
DOB: 1/5/2001
Birthplace: Charlotte, N.C.
Hometown: Dacula, Ga.
High School: Gwinnett Online Campus (Gwinnett, Ga.) '19
Team/Club: Dynamo Swim Club
Paralympic Experience
  • One-time Paralympian (2016)
  • Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, 8th (100m back)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2017 – gold (400m free), silver (100m free, 100m back), bronze (50m free, 100m breast)
  • Years of Participation: 2017
  • Medals: 5 (1 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze)
  • Gold – 2017 (400m free)
  • Silver – 2017 (100m free, 100m back)
  • Bronze – 2017 (50m free, 100m breast)
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.