It would seem that McClain Hermes has nothing left to prove when she represents Team USA at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio thisSeptember as the team’s youngest member at 15.
Hermes holds 14 short-course American swimming records, two long-course records, holds aworld record in the 1500m freestyle, won a bronze at the 2015 Parapan American Games and a gold at the CanAm Para Swimming Championships, has two Pan American Records, and started a nonprofit organization with her father.
Feelinglike an underachiever yet?
Hermes, a legally blind sophomoreat Gwinnett Online Campus, is not one to let success get in her way. After all her achievements, she participated in a triathlon thissummer with her best friend andhas collected 15,000 pairs of shoes for the homeless since she and her dad started Shoes for the Souls in 2009.
(If you want to help with her nonprofit, contact her and she’ll be in touch…after, one assumes, she gets back from participating in the Paralympic Games.)
The schedule for Hermes’ first competitionsat the Games will be as follows.
- Sunday, September 11 100 Breaststroke Prelims9:30 a.m. 11:50 a.m.
- Monday, September 12 400 M Freestyle Prelims 9:30 a.m. 12:15 p.m.
- Wednesday, September 14 100 BackPrelims 9:30 a.m. 12:05 p.m.
The Games are slatedbe broadcast on NBA.
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