BALTIMORE - Two Loyola University Maryland swimmers, McKenzie Coan and Alyssa Gialamas have been selected to compete with Team USA at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, September 7-18. This will mark the second Paralympic Games appearance for both Coan and Gialamas, as they also represented the United States at the 2012 Games in London.
In addition, three other athletes coached by Loyola head swimming and diving coach Brian Loeffler – Cortney Jordan, Elizabeth Smith and Brad Snyder – have been named to Team USA, as well. This will be Jordan’s third Paralympic Games appearance, while it will be Snyder’s second and Smith’s debut event.
The 2016 U.S. Paralympic Swimming Team was selected following three days of competition at the U.S. Paralympic Team Trials in Charlotte, North Carolina. The team consists of 21 women and 10 men who have combined for 19 gold, eight silver and 12 bronze Paralympic Games medals and 39 world records factoring in both long course and short course distances. The Rio 2016 Paramypic Games are expected to be the largest in history, with more than 4,500 athletes competing from 176 countries.
Twenty-five athletes on the roster are currently ranked in the top 10 in the world across 89 events, with six swimmers being in the top 10 on the planet in five or more events.