Blazers Make a Big Splash at Paralympic Swim Trials!

Paralympic Swim Trials: Final Day

During the third and final day of the U.S. Paralympic Swim Trials, the Georgia Blazers were busy. All four swimmers swam the 200 Individual Medley.

McKenzie Coan placed 3rd in the S8 heat with a time of 3:35.95. Lindsay Grogan placed 3rd in the S9 division with a time of 3:05.57. Lantz Lamback recorded his only 2nd place finish of the meet with a time of 2:47.59, while Brad Snyder placed 1st in the S11 race with a time of 2:32.31.

The Blazers long distance specialist, McKenzie Coan placed first in the 1500 free with a time of 22:40.15. Brad was the only Blazer in the 100 Breaststroke and he finished with a 1st place finish at 1:28.87.

The final event of the three day competition was the 100 free.  McKenzie finished 3rd in the S8 class with a time of 1:15.38 and Lindsay finished 5th in the S9 class at 1:11.68.

Both Lantz and Brad hoped to solidify their spot on the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Team with strong finishes in the 100 Free. Lantz recorded his fifth 1st place finish with a time of 1:03.55.  Brad swam to his 6th and final 1st place with a time of 57.75.

The U.S. Paralympic Swim team will be announced on Sunday, June 17.


Paralympic Swim Trials: Day 2

The competition for a slot on the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Swim Team continued on Day 2 of the Paralympic Swim Trials at the Bismarck State College Aquatic & Wellness Center in Bismarck, North Dakota.

The four Georgia Blazers concentrated on 100 back, 50 Free and the 50 and 100 fly on Day 2..  Lindsay Grogan started the day off with a 6th place finish in the S9 100 Back with a time of 1:30.02. McKenzie Coan finished 2nd in the S8 100 Back with a 1:30.42 swim.  Lantz Lamback finished first in the S7 100 Back with time of 1:14.44, getting closer to being selected to his third consecutive Paralympic Team.

In the 50 Free, Rookie Paralympic hopeful Brad Snyder recorded a blistering 27.15 for 1st place in the S11 class. McKenzie and Lindsay both finished 4th in their 50 Free races with times of 36.35 and 31.90 respectively. Lantz added to his first place performances with a 30.44 1st place finish in the 50 Free.

Lantz and Brad finished up Day 2 with Butterfly races. Lantz scored a third 1st place finish with a 33.88 in the S7 50 Fly, while Brad finished the S11 100 Fly with a 1st place performance of 1:06.08.

Follow the Blazers and all the Paralympic hopefuls as they finish the trials on Saturday.


Paralympic Swim Trials: Day 1

The top U.S. athletes with a physical disability from around the country will compete at the Bismarck State College Aquatic & Wellness Center in Bismarck, North Dakota, in the 2012 U.S. Paralympics Swimming Trials from June 14th -16th. The competition is the sole selection event for swimming athletes to qualify for the 2012 Paralympic Games.

The Georgia Blazers Swim Team is being represented at the trials by four Paralympic hopefuls! Two-time Paralympian Lantz Lamback is trying to make his third consecutive Paralympic Team. Lantz is joined by first-time Paralympic hopefuls, McKenzie Coan, Lindsey Grogan and Bradley Snyder.

Lantz swim in the Paralympics in 2004 (Athens) and 2008 (Beijing). At the Beijing games, Lantz won the most medals of all the Team USA male swimmers – 4 medals including a Gold medal World Record performance. Lantz swam a 4:55.19 400 free on the opening day of competition to set a new American record and put him in 4th place in the world in the S 7 class, a great start to his efforts to make his third Paralympic Team.

Brad Snyder, a 2006 graduate of the Naval Academy, lost his eyesight in September 2011 when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) went off during a day of military operations in Afghanistan. Fred Lamback, Georgia Blazers swim coach, worked with Brad for months as he prepared for his first swim meet after his injury in Afghanistan. Brad had an excellent 400 free on Thursday, swimming a 4:35.62 which is the #1 time in the world for S 11 swimmers.

McKenzie Coan is a 14 year old Clarkesville teenager attempting to be one of the youngest swimmers on Team USA. McKenzie swam a 5:27.14 in the 400 free which put her in 4th place in the world for S 8 swimmers and a very good position for consideration for the 2012 London squad.

Finally, Lindsey Grogan, a graduate student at the University of Georgia, swam a 5:25.21 in the 400 free but is still on the bubble as far as making the team.  Her best events are Saturday, June 16th, and hopefully give her a better chance to make the team.

2012 London Paralympics: The 2012 Paralympic Games will take place in London, England, August 29 – September 9. More than 4,000 athletes with a physical disability from 165 countries will compete in 19 sports.

Bismarck Competition Facilities: The BSC Aquatic and Wellness Center hosting the trials features an eight-lane, 50-meter pool and is fully accessible. The facility also provides ample seating for spectators.

Following the Competition: To follow the day-to-day results visit the US Paralympic website at: More Blazer results to come!

The final US Paralympic Swim Team will be announced on Sunday, June 17.


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