Mexico City 2017: US swimmers named01.08.2017
13 Paralympians lead squad for upcoming World Championships.
US Paralympics has named the 22 athletes who will compete at the 2017 World Para Swimming Championships in Mexico City, from 30 September – 6 October. The team, which is comprised of 12 females and 10 males, includes 13 Paralympians and two returning world champions from the 2015 edition in Glasgow, Great Britain.
“We’re very excited about the 22 athletes who will represent Team USA at the World Championships,” said Queenie Nichols, high performance director for US Paralympics Swimming. “We’re thrilled about the up-and-coming talent on the team, as well as the veteran athletes who have proven their ability, who will certainly have incredible swims in Mexico City.”
"We’re thrilled about the up-and-coming talent on the team, as well as the veteran athletes who have proven their ability."
Jessica Long, a 23-time Paralympic medallist and 38-time world championships medallist, will return to her sixth World Championships as the reigning champion in the 100m butterfly S8, 100m breaststroke SB7, 200m individual medley SM8 and 400m freestyle S8.
Six other female Paralympians are included on the roster, including Hannah Aspden, McKenzie Coan, McClain Hermes, Sophia Herzog, Natalie Sims and Colleen Young.
World gold medallist in 2009, Tucker Dupree makes his fifth World Championships team, and is joined by fellow Paralympians Tharon Drake, Tye Dutcher, Robert Griswold and Curtis Lovejoy.
Nine rising stars are also included in the team; Caleb Cripe, Julia Gaffney, Connor Gioffreda, Gia Pergolini, Lawrence Sapp, Roderick Sewell, Zachary Shattuck, Aspen Shelton and Leanne Smith.
US team for 2017 World Para Swimming Championships