Three Local Swimmers Compete at Paralympic Trials

The LSC had three swimmers compete at US Paralympic Trials in Bismarck, ND last weekend.  Congratulations to them for their accomplishments! 

COLLEEN YOUNG  (CSP Tideriders) - has qualified as youngest member of the USA National Paralympic team at only 13 years old! This past weekend she competed in the Paralympic Olympic Trials in Bismarck, North Dakota where she won the 100 Breaststroke in 1:22.25 at prelims and 1:23.15 at Finals which is a time that shattered her own American record and was fast enough to rank her second in the world in her classification.  That swim put her on the USA Paralympic Olympic Team where she is, again, the youngest member. Colleen, who is legally blind, will represent the USA in London, England with the games taking place August 29th through September 9th, 2012.  Currently Colleen is also ranked first in the world in the 200 meter Breaststroke and holds the American records in the 50, 100 and 200 meter Breaststroke as well as the 100 & 200 yard Breaststroke. Colleen is coached by Mark Imig at CSP.

SUSAN BETH SCOTT (Gator Alumni) - swam with the Gator Swim team from 2001 through January 2010, with the exception of a brief stint with the USA Resident team from Sept 2007 through Sept 2008 that finished after the Paralympic Games in Beijing. In January 2010, she rejoined the USA Resident team and has been affiliated with them and Colorado Swimming since. She lives and trains at the US Olympic Training Center and is coached by Dave Denniston.  While with the Gators, she competed at Ozark champs, several sectional competitions and was a member of the 2009 Central Zone team.

Susan Beth is thrilled to be Paralympic teammates with Colleen Young of CSP. Colleen is someone we identified a few years ago and has excelled with the Paralympic program rather quickly. She is coached by Mark Imig at CSP and was the youngest member to be named to the squad going to London.


RYAN DUEMLER (Rockwood Swim Club) - Ryan Duemler represented Rockwood Swim Club at the Paralympic Trials in Bismarck, ND June 14-16. Ryan competed in six events, bringing home 1 third, 4 seconds and he won the 400 free. While winning the 400 free Ryan moved into the 9th place ranking in the world.  While Ryan did win an event, this did not guarantee him an Olympic spot. The Paralympic Trial rules are different than the able bodied Olympic trials and Ryan just missed making the Paralympic Team. Ryan is a member of the US National team and will continue to have the opportunity to represent Rockwood and the USA in international competitions such as PanPacs and the World Championships.  Ryan was reported to have "swam his tail off" at trials and dropped major time in every event.  He is coached by Stefan Yarbrough at RSCA.