Fox Swimmer Alyssa Gialamas Named to Pan Pacific Team USA


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. ― The United States will send 45 athletes (27 women, 18 men) to the 2014 Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships, U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, announced today. Athletes were selected for the meet, Aug. 6-10 in Pasadena, Calif., based on performances at the 2014 U.S. Paralympics Swimming Spring National Championships/Spring CanAm, March 27-29, in Miami.

“This is the largest team we have taken to a major competition, which reflects how well our athletes performed in Miami,” said Queenie Nichols, high performance director for U.S. Paralympics Swimming. “We are excited to see many of our 2012 U.S. Paralympians returning to the program this year and are equally excited to have some up and coming swimmers on the team.  It’s a great competition to help athletes begin their Road to Rio.”  

The roster, which is highlighted by London 2012 Paralympic Games gold medalists Jessica Long (Baltimore, Md.), Ian Silverman (Baltimore, Md.) and U.S. Navy veteran Brad Snyder (Baltimore, Md.), includes 19 members of the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Team. London medalists Tucker Dupree (Raleigh, N.C.), Cortney Jordan (Henderson, Nev.), Rebecca Meyers (Timonium, Md.), Roy Perkins (Del Mar, Calif.) and Noga Nir-Kistler (Allentown, Pa.) will also compete at the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships.

The U.S. Pan Pacific roster also includes 21 athletes who competed at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee World Championships in Montreal, Canada, helping Team USA to a fourth place finish in the medal standings with 33 medals. Jordan, Long, Meyers, Perkins and Silverman all won world titles last year.

The world champions reigned supreme in Miami with world records set by Meyers and Silverman and the others securing multiple victories. World records from Kayla Wheeler (Lynnwood, Wash.), 17, who competed at the 2013 world championships, and Leslie Cichocki (Palos Hills, Ill.), a relative newcomer to the program, also put them on the 2014 Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championship Team.

The 2014 Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships is the largest competition of the year for U.S. swimmers. Other top events on the Road to Rio include the world championships, July 19-26, 2015, in Glasgow and the Parapan American Games, Aug. 7-15, 2015, in Toronto. The 2016 Paralympic Games are Sept. 7-18 in Rio de Janeiro.

Roster for the 2014 Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championship Team
*Denotes 2012 U.S. Paralympian
^Denotes 2013 U.S. World Team member


Name                Hometown                Classification

Hannah Aspden            Raleigh, N.C.            S9/SB8/SM9
^Haley Beranbaum        Snohomish, Wash.        S5/SB5/SM5
^Reilly Boyt            Ft. Collins, Colo.            S6/SB6/SM6
*Brickelle Bro            Castle Rock, Colo.        S8/SB7/SM8
Leslie Cichocki            Palos Hills, Ill.            S14/SB14/SM14
Amy Chapman            Batavia, Ill.                S8/SB7/SM8
*McKenzie Coan            Clarkesville, Ga.            S8/SB7/SM8
^Cailin Currie            Danvers, Mass.            S13/SB13/SM13
*Anna Eames            Golden Valley, Minn.        S10/SB9/SM10
*^Alyssa Gialamas        Naperville, Ill.            S5/SB4/SM5
Lindsay Grogan            Athens, Ga.            S9/SB8/SM9
Sophia  Herzog            Fairplay, Colo.            S6/SB6/SM6
*^Cortney Jordan        Henderson, Nev.            S7/SB7/SM7
Serafina King            Santa Monica, Calif.        S10/NE/NE
Michelle Konkoly            Eagleview, Pa.            S9/SB8/SM9
Ahalya Lettenberger        Glen Ellyn, Ill.            S8/SB7/SM8
*^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
^Martha Ruether        Allegany, N.Y.            S13/SB13/SM13
Natalie Sims            Minneapolis, Minn.        S9/SB9/SM9
^Breanna Sprenger        Avon, Ohio            S1/SB1/SM1      
^Elizabeth Smith        Muncie, Ind.            S9/SB9/SM9
Leanne Smith            Rowley, Mass.            S7/SB6/SM7
^Kayla Wheeler            Lynnwood, Wash.        S2/SB1/SM2      
*^Colleen Young        St. Louis, Mo.            S13/SB13/SM13


Name                Hometown                Classification

Blake Adams            Lakeville, Minn.            S13/SB13/SM13

*Evan Austin            Terre Haute, Ind.        S8/SB7/SM8

*^Cody Bureau            Latrobe, Pa.            S9/SB9/SM9
Rafael Castillo            Miami, Fla.                S6/SB6/SM6
*^Michael DeMarco        San Diego, Calif.            S3/SB2/SM3
^Tharon Drake            Hobbs, N.M.            S11/SB11/SM11
^Ryan Duemler            Chesterfield, Mo.            S8/SB7/SM8
*^Tucker Dupree        Raleigh, N.C.            S12/SB12/SM12
Robert Griswold            Freehold, N.J.            S9/SB8/SM9
*Dalton Herendeen        South Bend, Ind.        S10/SB8/SM10                 
*Curtis Lovejoy            Atlanta, Ga.            S2/SB1/SM2
Lucas McCrory            Chapel Hill, N.C.            S7/SB7/SM7
Tom Miazga            Cedarburg, Wis.            S8/SB7/SM8
*^Roy Perkins            Del Mar, Calif.            S5/SB4/SM5
Roderick Sewell            Florence, Ala.            S8/SB6/SM8
*^Ian Silverman            Baltimore, Md.            S10/SB9/SM10
*Brad Snyder            Baltimore, Md.            S11/SB11/SM11
Joe Underwood            Phoenix, Ariz.            S7/SB6/SM7

For more information, please contact Jamie Blanchard, U.S. Paralympics, at 719-866-2068 or .