Blinded Naval Academy Grad Invited to Swim in Paralympics


Elyse and Brad Snyder prior to the 2011 Tampa Navy Ball. Photo courtesy of Navy Sports.

Brad Snyder, a 2006 U.S. Naval Academy graduate and swim team captain,  has earned an invitation to swim with the U.S. Paralympic Team in the London 2012 Games.

Snyder competed in his first swim meet this past weekend since being blinded by an explosive six months ago in Afghanistan. Swimming the 50 free at the Bobby Flowers Swim Meet in Colorado Springs, Snyder finished just 1.8 seconds off the paralympic blind division world record.

His performance earned him an invitation to become part of the team. Snyder swam for four years while at the Naval Academy. After graduating, he became an Explosive Ordinance Disposal officer.

The St. Petersburg, Florida native also ran a 10K race in Clearwater with the guidance of his therapist just two months after the improvised explosive devise (IED) left him completely blind.

You can read more about Snyder’s swimming and military service in a Navy Sports article.

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