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First NCAA sanctioned swimming conference championship Paralympic classes take place today

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Later today in Annapolis, Maryland at the U.S. Naval Academy, the second day of competition at the 2016 ECAC Swimming and Diving Open Championships are scheduled to get underway with a 100 meter freestyle adaptive event starting the day’s events and a 100 meter backstroke event on the evening program. This will mark the first time in the history of the NCAA that an adaptive swimming event appears on a conference swimming championship program.

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The event is only a demonstration one because of the inclusion of swimmers from outside the conference, and swimmers who have finished their collegiate careers.  There will be both men and women’s versions of both adaptive events.

Among the swimmers scheduled to start today at two-time American Paralympian Tucker Dupree, who attends  DeVry University where he takes classes online as he works on completing his degree in  in communications and marketing.  He has Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy and has been involved with competitive swimming since he was 14. Also scheduled to start is three-time London Paralympic medalist  Brad Snyder.  The vision impaired swimmer attended United States Naval Academy, host for this event.

The inclusion of this event is part of a broader push by ECAC and others to have adaptive swimming at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships within 5 years.  ECAC is extending these efforts to athletics, with a similar demonstration taking place at the 2016 ECAC/IC4A Division I Track & Field Championships scheduled t take place in Princeton, New Jersey in May.

 

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2532 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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