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Coan And Gialamas Named To Team USA For World Paralympic Championships

March 30, 2015

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Loyola University Maryland swimmers McKenzie Coan and Alyssa Gialamas have been named to the 25-member U.S. Paralympics Swimming World Championship Team that will compete at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships, July 13-19, in Glasgow, Scotland.

The roster features nine female and seven male Paralympians from the Paralympic Games in 2008 in Beijing and 2012 in London.

Coan, a Clarkesville, Georgia native, was a member of the 2012 Paralympic Team in London, where she finished sixth in the 400 free. A two-time American record holder - in the 400 free and 100 IM - Coan was the recipient of the Erin Cheek Swimmer of the Year Award in 2005.

Gialamas, also one of the 2012 Paralympians, holds six American records in the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 400 free, 1500 free and 100 back. In London, the Naperville, Illinois native finished fifth in the 200 free and was later named the recipient of the Jim Corno Sr. Inspirational Athlete award.

The world championships will bring together around 650 swimmers from 50 countries to compete at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow. The event will be the largest international competition before the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.