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September 1, 2019

USA Deaf Swimming brings home Silver, Bronze, and Two Deaf American Records

The USADS National Team just missed the medal podium on Day 4 of the 2019 World Deaf Swimming Championships but came back strong on Day 5 of the competition with some record-setting swims.Molly Likins took the silver medal and set a new Deaf American record in the 100 Breaststroke

Carli Cronk (San Antonio, TX) started the winning streak during the day 5 finals with a bronze medal in the Women’s 800 Freestyle with a time of 9:39.96.

In morning preliminaries, Collin Davis, Daniel Pletenets, Matthew Zou, and Tyler Brown swam the Men’s 50 Freestyle. Collin swam a personal best time of 25.57 to place 10th, Pletenets (12th, 25.73), Zou (25th, 27.23), and Brown (29th, 27.79) to round out a strong showing.

Molly Likins (pictured top right) and Kaitlyn Weatherby had both qualified for finals in the Women’s 100 Breaststroke earlier in the day. Likins broke her own Deaf American Record in preliminaries with a time of 1:16.30 to qualify second for finals. She lowered that record again in finals to win silver with a time of 1:14.36! Kaitlyn Weatherby swam a personal best time of 1:21.39 in prelims to qualify 8th for finals and lowered that time even more in finals to 1:20.51 to place 8th.

Carli Cronk (pictured bottom right) and Emily Massengale qualified 4th and 5th respectively for the Women’s 100 Butterfly out of the preliminaries. In the evening, Cronk placed 3rdin finals for a bronze medal with a time of 1:06.20. Massengale placed 5th in finals by dropping over 1.63 seconds from 1:09.32 in preliminaries to 1:07.69 in finals. This was Cronk’s second medal of the championships. Kaitlyn Weatherby also placed top 8 in preliminaries with a time of 1:11.04, but could not swim finals due to the two finalists per country per event rule.Carli Cronk took bronze in both the 100 Fly and 800 Free

Women’s 100 Butterfly

4th – Carli Cronk, 1:07.76 Qualified

5th – Emily Massengale, 1:09.32 Qualified

8th – Kaitlyn Weatherby, 1:11.04 *

9th – Elizabeth Cocker, 1:11.20 

*Only top two finishers from each country allowed to swim in finals.


Women’s 800 Freestyle

3rd – Carli Cronk, 9:39.96 (PR) BRONZE

Women’s 100 Breaststroke

2nd – Molly Likins, 1:14.36 (PR) SILVER  **New Deaf American Record

8th – Kaitlyn Weatherby, 1:20.51 (PR)

Men’s 200 Backstroke

6th – Collin Davis, 2:13.12 (PR)

8th – Matthew Zou, 2:27.83 (First-Time Finalist)

Women’s 100 Butterfly

3rd – Carli Cronk, 1:06.20 (PR) BRONZE

5th – Emily Massengale, 1:07.69 (PR)


August 24, 2019

San Antonio swimmer Carli Cronk and her Team USA teammates have arrived in Brazil for the World Deaf Swimming Championships

June 12, 2019

Carli Cronk featured in SA News

" San Antonio - Welcome Home Community News" features San Antonio swimmer Carli Cronk and her upcoming trip to the World Deaf Swimming Championships in Brazil in August.

Click here to view article



May 9, 2019

USA National Down Syndrome Swim Team

A new organization has been created to serve swimmers with Down Syndrome. It is called USA Down Syndrome Swimming Organization. The purpose of the organization is to promote participation of Down syndrome (DS) athletes in competitive swimming at the National and International levels.

Many LSC in the USA do not realize that there are international competitions for Down syndrome athletes, exclusively. While many countries send lots of athletes to these international competitions, the US is behind in getting information out to other Down Syndrome athletes.

This is not Special Olympics. These athletes have to get strict qualifying times that are set by the DSISO (Down Syndrome International Swimming Organization) to be able to participate. All times had to been obtain at a USA Swimming or USA Masters sanction events. There are no heat medals.

The DSISO has 49 countries, with over 800 active Down Syndrome swimming members. At any given Championship the participation is around 220 swimmers.

Read Full Information HERE

Contact Information:
Website: www.USADSS.org
National Head Coach Julie Reilly - [email protected]
USA National Swim Team Manager Sandra Sanguinetti - [email protected]



March 25, 2019

AAAA swimmer Carli Cronk, of San Anontio,  has been named to the 2019 USA Deaf Swimming team that will participate in the 2019 World Deaf Swimming Championships to be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Aug 25-31. This premier event is one of the highest level of worldwide competition for deaf athletes.

Over 30 countries will be represented at this world championship meet. Team USA athletes range in age from 13 to 22 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 in order to be eligible to participate in international deaf competition.

The team will be led by Brad Robbins, Head Coach, and Chris Daly, Assistant Coach. A total of 9 women and 6 men will compete for  Team USA .

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.




March 2, 2019

Attention Coaches: Free Intro Para Swim Clinic, Sunday Mar 24 - Findlay Ohio

Do you have any para-swimmers on your team or know of any in your area? If so, please check out this flyer .

My name is Peggy Ewald and I am a consultant for U.S. Paralympics Swimming. My mission with U.S. Paralympics focuses on connecting, educating and recruiting more Para-Swimmers and Coaches.

As you are aware, Team USA had an amazing year at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. Over the remainder of the quad, many opportunities for student athletes with physical, cognitive or visual impairments will open up at every level of sport.

I will be conducting a FREE clinic on Sunday, March 24 for para-swimmers, coaches, and parents. More details are included on the attached flyer. Please pass along the information to anyone you feel may be interested.

Click on this link to register!

I look forward to sharing what I have learned from being a part of the Team USA staff at the Beijing, London and Rio Paralympic Games!

Click here for additional information



February 13, 2019

USA Swimming Disability Motivational Time Standards

These time standards are the accumulation of over 3 years work and are intended to foster and promote the inclusion of athletes with a disability within USA Swimming LSC Championships. The motivational times are designed to provide a fair, equitable and structured approach by using a combination of three groupings of similar disabilities for athletes, along with qualifying/motivational times tailored to different levels of competition.

National Disability Committee Time Standards FAQ

LSC Motivational Time Standards



Nov 27, 2018

Webinar: Finding the Right College for your Paralympic Swimmers - Thurs, Dec 6 @ 10am MST - RSVP

Register now for the webinar hosted by Queenie Nichols, Director, U.S. Paralympics Swimming and Peggy Ewald, Consultant for U.S. Paralympics Swimming

Click Here



August 11, 2018

Advanced Para Swimming Clinic

The ASCA World Clinic will be held Tuesday,September 4, 2018 from 1-5 pm in Anaheim, California. It is hosted in conjunction with U.S. Paralympics Swimming.

See information here



June 11, 2018

Disability Swimming: Upcoming  Meets

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Feb 14, 2018

CanAm Paraympic Time Standards

Click here to view time standards



Nov 28, 2017

USA Swimming Coaching Disability Workshop - February 2-3, 2018 - Colorado Springs, CO

USA Swimming Disability Committee and the United States Paralympic Swimming National staff will be partnering in presenting the 2018 Disability Coaching Workshop in Colorado Springs on the United States Olympic Training Center Campus and pool.

Registration will take place on Friday February 2, 2017 at 4pm at the USA Swimming Headquarters. Opening Welcome and presentation will start at 5pm in Dirks Room and presented by members of the USA Disability National Committee members.

For more information and to register, please click here.

You must be a USA Swimming member to attend– either by way of your LSC paying your transportation cost or you paying to get out here and we will cover the rest once you are here. Airport transportation to and from the Colorado Springs airport provided by the USOC buses, housing, food staying on the Olympic Training Center campus, and clinic cost at the pool and classroom.



Sept 9, 2017

The Fred Lamback Disability Meet will be held Oct 21-22, 2018 in Augusta, Georgia.

Deadline to enter is Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 6:00 PM.

This meet is open to all swimmers with a physical impairment, visual impairment, or intellectual impairment. This is an open meet with no time standards.

Please read the meet information document here for additional information.



May 13, 2017

Cincinnati Para-Swimming Open - May 2017

Three countries were represented - USA, Mexico and Columbia

Thirteen athletes went through Classification.

Outstanding swims included:

Connor Gifford American Record in the S6 200m Butterfly - 3:47.65
American Record in the S6 800m Freestyle - 13:48.61
American Record in the S6 1500m Free - 26:00.21
Pan Am Record in the S6 1500 m Freestyle
World Record in the S6 1500m Freestyle
Robert Griswold American Record in the S8 50m Backstroke - 30.81
Pan Am Record in the S8 50m Backstroke
Curtis Lovejoy National A Team in the SM2 150m IM - 4:42.33
Thomas Wilson Met National B Team standard in the S9 100 m Backstroke
- 1:06.27 (not internationally classed)
Michaela Jenkins met Emerging Team Standard in the S10 100m Butterfly - 1:17.69

Three more officials joined the U.S. Paralympic Officials group.

The Jimi Flowers Meet will be in Colorado Springs on June 3-4.



April 4, 2017

Asher and Coach Luke Shaw Streamline Aquatics celebrating one of his gold medals

2017 Speedo CanAm Paraympic Championship


Streamline Aquatics swimmer Asher Hartman won two gold medals at the 2017 Speedo CanAm Paraympic Championships.

Asher placed first in the 200 free & 50 Fly. He also made finals in 50 & 100 free, 200 IM, and 100 back.



March 21, 2017

U.S. Paralympics Swimming - Coaches Clinics


A number of national clinics for coaches are being conducted by U.S. Paralympics Swimming during 2017. The focus of these clinics is education and support for coaches who either have or would like to coach athletes with impairments.

The scheduled for these clinics can be found on the website at: http://www.teamusa.org/US- Paralympics/Sports/Swimming/Events. Please pass this information on to any coaches who may have an interest.



March 2017    

U.S. Paralympics - Swimming Event Schedule

2017 Events

The following are upcoming events. The information about each event can be found in the Meet Packet. Please check this list of events often, as new events will be added and changes can be made to present competitions. Click here to view schedule.

Please contact Kathy Hartman with any questions or for more information.



March 2017    

Texas Regional Games
San Antonio, Texas
April 5-9, 2017

The Texas Regional Games are a Paralympic Style Competition for athletes with physical disabilities and visual impairments.

Swimming events will be held at the Josh Davis Natatorium in San Antonio.

All military registration is complimentary (classifiable or not)

Deadline to Register is March 31, 2017 - Click here to register
Regular registration is open until midnight on March 27. March 28-31 a $30 late fee will be included and will not be waived.

Other eventts are:
Track & Field (Madison High School Track and Field Stadium)
Archery (Madison High School Soccer Field)
Power Lifting (Madison High School Weight Room)
Air Guns (Somerset High School)
Boccia (Madison High School Gym)
Cycling Criterium (Heroes Stadium)
Cycling Time Trial (Fitwell in Castroville)
Table Tennis (Madison High Sschool Gym)



February 2017    Education to support Swim Lesson and Swim Team Programs

Be one of the first to earn a Certificate of Training* in working with children who have cognitive or physical challenges in an aquatic setting.

Participants can choose the level of training which best suites their need:

  1. The Children With ChallengesTM (CWC) Online Educational Course gives a general introduction to programming for children with challenges, or
  2. A more in-depth learning experience through participation in both the CWC online course and CWC Workshop

Read more information here.



July 15, 2016    Nitro's Lindsay Grogan makes Rio's Paraympic team!

On her way to Rio, this is her story ...

About Lindsay:
I'm 28 years old and first joined a swim team when I was 7. I didn't start year-round club swimming until senior year of high school. I have competed in both able-bodied and disability meets, including senior state and sectionals in Georgia before moving to Texas, as well as 2014 Para Pan Pacs and 2015 IPC World Championships. Here in Texas I've done a lot of the meets at UT. I qualified for Rio in the S9 400 freestyle and will most likely swim the 200 IM, too.

As her coach what would you say to other adaptive swimmers and or coaches to encourage them?
Nitro's Elliott McGill responded, "To me, Lindsay very much goes about her business like an athlete should. She asks questions, makes changes and works really hard. The way she goes about swimming you just think she's an athlete. Nothing more or less. Everybody, no matter what, gets to chose what defines them.

"With training, be creative but smart. We try to take a very science based approach to her technique and training. What will fatigue more or first for Lindsay in a race is different. So this season we really stressed distance per stroke. Then, when we tapered we thought it was important to add kicking in to relieve the amount of effort her arms had to output each practice. "



Aug 21, 2015    South Texas swimmer wins bronze at Deaf World Championships

Grace Hale of San Antonio (center) was a member of the Team USA 4x200 relay team that won the bronze medal this week at the Deaf World Championships.

The Deaf World Championship meet is being held this week, August 17-21, at Northside Swim Center, 8400 N Loop 1604 W, San Antonio, Texas 78249

Schedule and information is posted here: http://www.wdsc2015.us/

Live Streaming is online here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ideafnews



Aug 17, 2015    Team USA competes at Deaf World Championship meet at Northside pool this week

The Deaf World Championship meet is being held this week, August 17-21, at Northside Swim Center, 8400 N Loop 1604 W, San Antonio, Texas 78249

Schedule and information is posted here: http://www.wdsc2015.us/

Live Streaming is online here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ideafnews



Aug 4, 2015    Grace Hale featured on San Antonio news to promote the Deaf World Championships to be held in San Antonio Aug 17-22


June 30, 2015    Austin Swimmer named U.S. Deaf Swim Team Captain


Austin swimmer Alix Gavin has been named female team captain for the 2015 National Deaf Swim Team USA. Alix will join male team captain, and Olympic qualifer, Marcus Titus at the 2015 World Championships in San Antonio Aug 17-22.

Alix is a 2013 Deaflympian and swims for TXLA and McNeil High School. Also named to the team is San Antonio swimmer Grace Hale.

Men's Team
Marcus Titus (captain)
Matthew Klotz (flag bearer)
Edward Freeman
Tyler Brown
Nicholas Cirone
Cooper Willetts
Isaiah Skiple
Christopher Martinez
Dominic Riccio
Marco Navarte
Angelo Najera
David Tolstyka
Women's Team
Alix Gavin (captain)
Elizabeth Cocker
Lilly Creswick
Alyssa Greymont
Molly Likins
Emily Massengale
Emma Doughty
Grace Hale
Kaitlyn Weatherby
Ksenia Markel
Captains Marcus Titus and Alix Gavin Grace Hale



Sixteen countries have committed to participate in the World Deaf Swimming Championships that will be held Aug. 17-22 in San Antonio, Texas, and U.S. Deaf Swimming has put out a call to identify potential talent to represent the stars and stripes in front of a home crowd.

The team has already earned commitments from the United States' two deaf stars: Deaf World Record holders Marcus Titus and Matthew Klotz have already committed to the team for the fourth edition of this meet.

U.S. Deaf Swimming officials, however, suspect that there are other hard of hearing swimmers who have not been identified yet by the organization. U.S. Deaf Swimming would love to hear from both deaf and hard of hearing swimmers.

Please contact Doug Matchett at [email protected] To find out more about U.S. Deaf Swimming, visit www.deafswim.org. The official website of the 2015 World Deaf Swimming Championships is http://www.wdsc2015.us/.


Mar 24, 2015
CanAm National paralympic meet in Toronto Canada


Asher Hartman and Coach Bob Renfrew participated in the CanAm National paralympic meet in Toronto Canada. Asher swam 400 free 4th in finals, 100 fly, 200 IM 6th, 50 free 5th, 100 free 6th, 100 back 6th.


Jan 27, 2015
USA Deaf records set by ST swimmer

South Texas swimmer Alix Gavin has set new USA Deaf Swimming Records in the 50 and 100 YD Breaststroke.

Swimming for McNeil High School of Round Rock, Alix swam the 50 Breast in 33.14 and the 100 Breast in 1:09.48 in the District 13-6A finals. Previous records were 35.58 and 109.66. Alix is a USA club swimmer for Texas Longhorn Aquatics

Jan 27, 2015
The 2015 USA Para-swimming events are as follows

  February 28 - March 1: Central Oklahoma Para-Swimming Open, Edmond, OK
  March 20-22: Can-Am Para-swimming Championships, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  April 23-25: Texas Regional Games, San Antonio, TX
  May 9-10: Cincinnati Disability Open, Cincinnati, OH
  May 15-16: Gateway Games, St. Charles, MO
  May 15-17: Desert Challenge, Mesa, AZ
  June 6-7: Jimi Flowers Classic, Colorado Springs, CO
  June 6-8: Great Lakes Games, Lake Forest, IL
  June 11-14: Endeavor Games, Edmond, OK
  July 13-19: IPC Swimming World Championships, Glasgow, United Kingdom
  August 7-15: Parapan American Games, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  September 12-13: California Classic, Yucaipa, CA
  October 24-25: Fred Lamback Disability Meet, Augusta, GA
  December 10-12: Can-Am Open, Bismarck, ND

Aug 7, 2014
San Antonio Awarded 2015 World Swimming Championships

The International Committee of Sports for the Deaf awarded San Antonio Texas the 2015 World Deaf Swimming Championships slated for August 17-22, 2015 at the Northside Independent School District's Northside Swim Center.

'We thank the the ICSD for approving San Antonio, but also thank Texas Governor Rick Perry, San Antonio Mayor Julien Castro, San Antonio Sports Commission, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the NISD and its Swim Center, South Texas Region USA Swimming, and particularly the USA Deaf Swimming Delegation for their hard work', says USADS bid lead Ben Hobbins.

Worlds at Northside Swim Center will feature an outdoor 50m Olympic competition pool, interactive sound and video scoreboard systems, high-tech timing and state-of-the-art start systems for Deaf swimmers, officials and coaches command centers, drug testing rooms, lighting, shaded seating for 2,400 spectators and locker room facilities accommodating up to 1,200 athletes.

'USA Deaf Swimming is thrilled San Antonio was approved', says Dana Elam. 'WDSC 2015 will be attended by Deaf swimmers representing the World'. The event is considered the key venue for American and International Deaf swimmers competing to attend the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games and the other arrays of ICSD sanctioned competitions around the world.

March 27-29, 2014 - U.S. Paralympics Swimming Spring Nationals - CanAm - Miami, FL

Update- March 30
South Texas swimmers Maddie, Asher and William all brought medals back to Texas from the U.S. Paralympics Swimming Spring Nationals.

South Texas Medal Winners

From left: April Del Rio, Maddie Del Rio, AAAA Coach Bob and Asher Hartman

Maddie Del Rio:100 free 7th, 50 fly 3rd, 50 free 6th, 100 fly 4th

Asher Hartman: 200 Back, 1st, 50 free 7th, 100 free 6th, 400 free 4th, 100 back 7th, 50 fly 4th, 200 IM, 5th.

William McKinley: 100 free 9th, 50 free 8th, 50 breast 2nd.

Update- March 28
Asher Hartman is bringing gold back to Texas with a first place finish in the 200 back. He also placed 4th in 50 fly and 6th in 100 free. Maddie Del Rio finished strong with a bronze medal in 50 fly and 7th in 100 free.

World Records Broken on Day 1

A new, exciting chapter to US Paralympic Swimming kicks off Thursday, March 27, in Miami with the US Paralympic Can/Am National Meet. As the first major meet since a strong performance for the US delegation at the 2013 IPC World Championships, expect many swimmers to be on their "A" game, ready to pick up right where they left off.

The meet in Miami is more than a national meet, but also serving as the trial meet for the Pan-Pacific Para Swimming Championships to be held in Pasadena, CA, August 3rd through the 6th. With a team of 45 athletes being selected to compete in Pasadena, the door is wide open for veterans to continue their reign, and for newcomers leave a lasting impact.

FOR MORE INFO: http://swimswam.com/previewing-2014-canam-meetpan-pacific-para-championships-trials/

South Texas Swimming and USA Swimming are working to be as inclusive as possible and welcome the participation of disabled swimmers.

Including swimmers with a disability has obvious benefits for all members of the swimming community. Inclusion is simply the right thing to do!

For information, please contact the South Texas Adaptive Swimming Chair, Kathy Hartman.


Adapted swimmers parents

A guide for Coaches

Layman's guide to disability classifications

USA Swimming - Disability page

U.S. Paralympics website:  Questions about para swimming can be directed to [email protected]

USA Deaf Sports

TXLA swimmer Alix Gavin took home Deaf Woman Youth Swimmer of the Meet honors at the Jan 13-18 Deaf International Short Course Swimming Championship held in Rochester, NY.

Alix, 15, also won silver medals in the 200 IM, 200 Free Relay and 800 Free relay. She was awarded bronze medals for the 200 Breast, 400 Free and 400 Medley Relay.

Alix is shown at left with her awards and her Round Rock - McNeil High School coaches, Johnny Foss and Elisa Chapa.

2012 American Paralympics gold medalist Ian Silverman has signed to swim with Dave Salo and the University of Southern California - USC.

Silverman won gold in the men’s 400m freestyle in 4:01.91. Also in London he finished 6th in the 50 freestyle, 7th in 100 freestyle & 200 IM, and 8th in the 100 butterfly.

His eyes are now aiming towards Rio in 2016, and will be training with the Trojans as he works towards his Paralympics goals. Read More


2013 Zones - Grace Hale                2013 Zones - Asher Hartman             Former National Team swimmer Marcus Titus (coach) and
Alix Gavin (swimmer) of Austin,
TX represent USA at 2013
Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria