Paralympic Trials Recap

Alexandra Jacobs

Paralympic Trials Recap

Over the last few weeks, FAST has been very fortunate to have several former and current athletes compete on the national stage in a bid to compete at Tokyo at the end of the summer. From June 17-20, Amanda Palyo competed at the University of  Minnesota in the Paralympic Trials in an attempt to qualify for the Paralympics.

 
On a little over 3 months of training, Amanda competed in her best event, 100m backstroke on day 1 of the meet. Her final time - 1:17.72, was her best time in several years, and was good enough to final in the event. However, since she missed the minimum qualifying time for her para category in April, she was deemed ineligible to compete in finals. Her prelims time would have been fast enough to place 3rd overall in finals.
 
Amanda competed in the 100 free & 100 fly on day 2, finishing with times of 1:17.45 & 1:37.5, respectively. Both races were small adds from her lifetime bests.
 
Embracing FAST’s identity of being an “IM Team,” Amanda finished out the weekend competing in the 200 IM. While not a lifetime best, 3:11.62, it ended up being a fun, no pressure race to cap off a successful weekend of swimming against some of the best para swimmers in the world.