June 15, 2012
BISMARK, N.D. - Loyola University Maryland swimmer Joe Wise earned a pair of second-place finishes on the first day of competition at the U.S. Paralympic Swimming Trials in Bismark, N.D., on Thursday.
Wise finished second to Ian Silverman of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club in the 400m freestyle (S10). He completed the preliminaries in 4:17.88 and touched in 4:18.73 in the finals. Silverman won the finals in 4:11.96.
In the 100m breaststroke (SB9), Wise finished in 1:24.29 in the preliminary round. He then shaved off almost nine seconds in the finals, touching in 1:15.90, narrowly finishing second to Cody Bureau (1:15.53).
In addition, Lieutenant Brad Snyder, a U.S. Navy veteran that is coached by Loyola head coach Brian Loeffler, also had a big day in the pool. Snyder, who was blinded by an IED blast while deployed in Afghanistan in September 2011, raced in the men’s 400m freestyle prelims (S11) in 4:39.52, a time that now ranks him number one in the world in that event.
Snyder bettered his preliminary time in the event, winning the finals in 4:35.62.
“The 2012 Paralympic Games are a goal of mine,” said Lt. Snyder. “Besides hoping to compete in London, this is a way for me to show people that an injury like this doesn’t have to stop you. I’m not going to stop living life because of losing my vision.”
Thirty-four athletes (20 female and 14 male) will be nominated to the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Swimming Team at the conclusion of competition. The 2012 Paralympic Games will take place in London, England, Aug. 29-Sept. 9. More than 4,000 athletes with a physical disability from 165 countries will compete in 19 sports.