June 18, 2012
BISMARCK, N.D. - Loyola University Maryland swimmer Joe Wise has been named to the 2012 U.S. Paralympics Swimming Team that will compete in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, England on August 29 – September 9. In addition, head coach Brian Loeffler will serve on the coaching staff, while Lieutenant Brad Snyder – a U.S. Navy veteran that lost his sight in an IED attack in Afghanistan in September 2011 and is coached by Loeffler – also made the U.S. roster.
The team of 34 (14 men, 20 women) includes 19 returning Paralympics from the 2008 team, including Wise. That U.S. team finished first in the official medal count with a total of 44 medals - 17 gold, 22 silver and 13 bronze.
At the U.S. Paralympic Trials in Bismark this weekend, Wise finished second in the 50m free on Friday with a time of 28.11. He also nabbed a third-place finish in the 100m butterfly on Friday (1:06.02) and in the 200 IM on Saturday (2:23.45), while finishing second in the 100m freestyle in 58.01. On Thursday, he finished second in the 400m freestyle, touching in 4:18.73.
A native of Menlo Park, Calif., Wise holds 15 American Paralympic Records, in addition to two relay records. Since joining the Greyhounds this past fall, Wise broke the American Records for the S10 200m butterfly (2:29.25), the short course SB9 50m breaststroke (38.57) and SB9 100m breaststroke (1:21.91).
Snyder will be making his first appearance on a paralympic team after going undefeated this weekend, in addition to grabbing the No. 1 world ranking in his classification in the 100m and 400m freestyle events. He started off the meet with the world's top time in the 400m freestyle (4:35.62) and capped off the weekend with the world's top 100m time (57.75). He also claimed the 50m freestyle (27.15), 100m butterfly (1:04.27) and 200 IM (2:32.31) titles.
The 2012 Paralympic Games is an international sports festival for disabled athletes held after the closing of the London Summer Games, using the Olympic venues.