COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, January 8. U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, announced today that 12 athletes, including six reigning world champions, have been named to the 2014 U.S. Paralympics Swimming National A Team. Nine athletes were named to the national B team, with an additional 15 athletes named to the emerging and military teams.
Courtesy of: USA Today Sports
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"As we continue to build the strength of the national team with our sights set on Rio, we are very excited to have so many decorated veterans who are perennial medal winners, as well as a great group of up-and-coming swimmers on our 2014 roster," said Queenie Nichols, high performance director for U.S. Paralympics swimming. "We already started our new year with a very successful team camp at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center, and I can't wait to see what this group of talented athletes will be able to do over the next 12 months."
Team USA had a strong showing at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Swimming World Championships in August. The U.S. swimmers took fourth place in the medal tally with a total of 22 medals (11 gold, 13 silver, nine bronze).
2014 national A team athletes who won world titles in 2013 include: Cortney Jordan (Henderson, Nev.), Jessica Long (Baltimore, Md.), Rebecca Meyers (Timonium, Md.), Tucker Dupree (Raleigh, N.C.), Roy Perkins (Del Mar, Calif.), Ian Silverman (Baltimore, Md.) and Justin Zook (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.).
Nine swimmers return to the national A team for a second consecutive year. Newcomers to this year's team include Leticia Martinez (Las Cruces, N.M.), Elizabeth Smith (Muncie, Ind.) and Colleen Young (St. Louis Mo.).
All together, the national A team boasts 46 Paralympic medals. Long is the most decorated female athlete with 17 Paralympic Games medals, while Perkins takes the honor on the men's side with six trips to the medal stand.
Team USA begins the 2014 season March 27-29 in Miami at the U.S. Paralympics Spring Swimming Nationals and Spring CanAm.
Additional athletes may be added to the team rosters throughout the season.
Rosters for the 2014 U.S. Paralympics Swimming National Teams
2014 National A Team
Name Hometown Class
Cortney Jordan Henderson, Nev. S7/SB7/SM7
Jessica Long Baltimore, Md. S8/SB7/SM8
Letticia Martinez Las Cruces, N.M. S11/SB11/SM11
Rebecca Meyers Timonium, Md. S13/SB13/SM13
Noga Nir-Kistler Allentown, Pa. S6/SB5/SM6
Elizabeth Smith Muncie, Ind. S9/SB9/SM9
Colleen Young St. Louis, Mo. S13/SB13/SM13
Tucker Dupree Raleigh, N.C. S12/SB12/SM12
Curtis Lovejoy Atlanta, Ga. S2/SB1/SM2
Roy Perkins Del Mar, Calif. S5/SB4/SM5
Ian Silverman Baltimore, Md. S10/SB9/SM10
Justin Zook Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. S10/SB9/SM10
2014 National B Team
Cailin Currie Danvers, Mass. S13/SB13/SM13
Anna Eames Golden Valley, Minn. S10/SB9/SM10
Alyssa Gialamas Naperville, Ill. S5/SB4/SM5
Anna Johannes Alexandria, Va. S9/SB8/SM9
Martha Ruether Allegany, N.Y. S13/SB13/SM13
Susan Beth Scott Cape Girardeau, Mo. S10/SB9/SM10
Cody Bureau Latrobe, Pa. S9/SB9/SM9
Tharon Drake Hobbs, N.M. S11/SB11/SM11
Ryan Duemler Chesterfield, Mo. S8/SB7/SM8
2014 Emerging Team
Hannah Aspden Raleigh, N.C. S9/SB8/SM9
Reilly Boyt Ft. Collins, Colo. S6/SB6/SM6
Brickelle Bro Castle Rock, Colo. S8/SB7/SM8
Leslie Cichocki Palos Hills, Ill. S14/SB14/SM14
McKenzie Coan Clarkesville, Ga. S8/SB7/SM8
Lindsay Grogan Athens, Ga. S9/SB9/SM9
April Kerley Mason, Ohio S9/SB9/SM9
Natalie Sims Minneapolis, Minn. S9/SB9/SM9
Mallory Weggemann Eagan, Minn. S8/SB7/SM8
Kayla Wheeler Lynnwood, Wash. S2/SB1/SM2
Michael DeMarco San Diego, Calif. S3/SB2/SM3
Robert Griswold Freehold, N.J. S9/SB8/SM9
Lucas McCrory Chapel Hill, N.C. S7/SB7/SM7
Tom Miazga Cedarburg, Wis. S8/SB7/SM8
Michael Prout West Springfield, Mass. S9/SB9/SM9
2014 Military Team
Elizabeth Wasil Colorado Springs, Colo. S10/SB9/SM10
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