Type of Impairment
Origin of Impairment
S6, SB5, SM6
Further personal information
York Haven, PA, USA
Sociology - Pennsylvania State University: State College, PA, USA
Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in the seventh grade at age 12, and soon became part of his high school team.
Why this sport?
One of his mother's friends introduced him to the sport. "I love everything about swimming. I love the competition. It's different from a team sport in that you really have to push yourself."
Club / Team
Penn State Ability: United States
Name of coach
Jane Brown [club]
He swims five days a week, and also includes strength work in his training schedule.
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I swim for the people who can't swim. If you have the heart you're going to go a lot further than your skill." (collegian.psu.edu, 30 Jul 2014)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (jinglingzhang.com, 28 Mar 2017)
In April 2005 he injured his ankle after being tackled while playing football. After a few days his condition deteriorated. "I woke up unable to breathe, screaming in pain. My foot was turning blue and I was in and out of consciousness. There's no way to describe the pain I had in my foot. My heart rate was so high you could literally see my heart beating out of my chest." He was taken to hospital and diagnosed with sepsis. He spent more than 20 days in a drug-induced coma and suffered from multiple organ failure. He also developed gangrene, and had his legs, right hand and all but one finger on his left hand amputated. (collegian.psu.edu, 30 Jul 2014)