USA Deaf Swimming National Team Prepares to Depart for the 2017 Deaflympics


Press Release

Date:  July 13, 2017

Organization:  USA Deaf Swimming

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USA Deaf Swimming National Team Prepares to Depart for the 2017 Deaflympics

In just 24 hours, the USA Deaf Swimming Team (Team USA) will be departing for the Deaflympics. Eight swimmers, all with hopes and aspirations of earning medals for the United States, will be departing for the games with coaches and staff. They will be competing with athletes from over 37 different countries. Please join us in supporting them on this journey!

2017 Team USA includes the following athletes:

Matthew Klotz, Cameron Park, California
Tyler Brown, Fort Thomas, Kentucky
Matthew Hopkins, Wayne, Pennsylvania
Matthew Zou, Ellicott City, Maryland

Elizabeth Cocker, Rancho Cordova, California
Alyssa Greymont, Morgan Hill, California
Molly Likins, St. Clair, Michigan
Emily Massengale, Bloomington, Indiana

Tom Lebherz, Head Coach
Doug Matchett, Team Leader
Rene Massengale, Team Leader
Linda Klotz, Team Leader
Mary Essex, Team Manager

What are the Deaflympics?

The Deaflympics have been in existence since they were first held in Paris in 1924. Originally called the Silent Games, the name was changed to Deaflympics in 1991. The Summer Deaflympics are held every four years and involve an entire range of sports including swimming. The World Deaf Swimming Championships also occur every four years and alternate with the Deaflympics. 

This year's Deaflympics are being hosted in Samsun, Turkey, a northern coastal city on the Black Sea Coast. Samsun is a modern city of about 500,000 citizens and has welcomed the nations participating in the Deaflympics to it's beautiful coast.

The swimming competition will take place at the Atakum Olympic Swimming Pool in Samsun; and will last for 6 days. The competition schedule for the games and for swimming can be found at the following link: 

Link:  Deaflympics Swimming Competition

The Opening Ceremonies for the Deaflympic Games will take place on July 18th, 2017. 

Important Links: 

Deaflympics 2017 Website:

Deaflympics 2017 Swimming Schedule:

Team USA Social Media Links: 

You can keep up with Team USA on the following social media sites:

USA Deaf Swimming Website:

Facebook Page:                                     

Instagram:  @USADeafSwim