USADS Announces Team for 2019 World Deaf Swimming Championships

USADS Announces Team for 2019 World Deaf Swimming Championships


USA Deaf Swimming is pleased to announce the selection of athletes for the 2019 World Deaf Swimming Championships. The World Championships will be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil on August 25-31, 2019. The following athletes have been selected to represent the United States as members of Team USA at this event, the highest level of worldwide competition for deaf athletes this year. The World Deaf Swimming Championships typically alternate every other year with the Deaflympics which occur every four years. Both competitions are sanctioned by the International Committee for Deaf Sports (ICSD) and operate under FINA regulations.


Over 30 countries will be represented at this world championship meet. Team USA athletes range in age from 13 to 23 and come from ten different states across the U.S. All athletes must have a hearing loss of at least 55 dB in the better ear plus meet minimum time cuts and other team requirements in order to be eligible to participate in international deaf competition.


2019 World Deaf Swimming Championships Athlete Roster




Swim Club




Men’s Team



Matthew Klotz

Cameron Park, CA

Tiger Aquatics

Tyler Brown

Fort Thomas, KY

Northern Kentucky Clippers

Collin Davis

Durham, NC

YOTA Swim Team

Daniel Pletenets

Jacksonville, FL

Episcopal Amberjax Swim Team

Cooper Willetts

Kingwood, TX

Eagle Swimming Association

Matthew Zou

Ellicott City, MD

Columbia Association Swim Team




Women’s Team



Elizabeth Cocker

Rancho Cordova, CA


Carli Cronk

San Antonio, TX

Alamo Area Aquatics

Katie DiBenedetto

Danville, IN

Hendricks Elite Aquatics Team

Trysta Duerson

Edmond, Ok

Bison Aquatic Club

Samantha Fujii

Los Angeles, CA

Rose Bowl Aquatics

Molly Likins

St. Clair, MI


Emily Massengale

Bradenton, FL

Sarasota Tsunami Swim Club

Brooke Thompson

Bloomfield Hills, MI

Motor City Aquatics

Kaitlyn Weatherby

Sewell, NJ


Anquniece Wheeler

Detroit, MI

Detroit Recreational Swim Team


The team will be led by Brad Robbins, Head Coach, and Chris Daly, Assistant Coach. Brad Robbins, is currently Head Coach of the Tigard Tualatin Swim Club in Tigard, Oregon, and has nearly 20 years of experience coaching athletes from age group to the collegiate level at local, state, and national competitions including Olympic trials. Coach Chris Daly is currently Assistant Coach of Sarasota Tsunami Swim Team in Sarasota, Fl, and brings strong coaching experience working with both deaf and hearing athletes at the age group and senior levels. They will provide outstanding leadership for this team of deaf athletes at the upcoming meet.


Team USA is managed by USA Deaf Swimming, the nonprofit swimming organization that oversees and supports deaf swimming within the United States. The goal of USA Deaf Swimming is to promote competitive swimming amongst deaf athletes and increase the number of deaf athletes competing at all levels in the sport of swimming.


More information is available at the USA Deaf Swimming website,