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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Highlands Swimmer To Compete in Deaflympics

USA Deaf Swimming National Team Prepares to Depart for the 2017 Deaflympics

Tyler Brown, from Fort Thomas,  (center) is representing Team USA in the 2017 Deaflympics. 
A student athlete from Highlands High School is competing for Team USA in the 2017 Deaflympics.

Tyler Brown is part of the USA Deaf Swimming Team and along with being a state qualifier for Highlands, he swims for the Northern Kentucky Clippers.

Team USA has departed for the Deaflympics in Turkey and eight swimmers have hopes of earning medals for the United States. They will be competing with athletes from over 37 different countries.

2017 Team USA includes the following athletes:

Tyler Brown, Fort Thomas, Kentucky
Matthew Klotz, Cameron Park, California
Matthew Hopkins, Wayne, Pennsylvania
Matthew Zou, Ellicott City, Maryland

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Elizabeth Cocker, Rancho Cordova, California
Alyssa Greymont, Morgan Hill, California
Molly Likins, St. Clair, Michigan
Emily Massengale, Bloomington, Indiana

Tom Lebherz, Head Coach
Doug Matchett, Team Leader
Rene Massengale, Team Leader
Linda Klotz, Team Leader
Mary Essex, Team Manager

What are the Deaflympics?

The Deaflympics have been in existence since they were first held in Paris in 1924. Originally called the Silent Games, the name was changed to Deaflympics in 1991. The Summer Deaflympics are held every four years and involve an entire range of sports including swimming. The World Deaf Swimming Championships also occur every four years and alternate with the Deaflympics.

This year's Deaflympics are being hosted in Samsun, Turkey, a northern coastal city on the Black Sea Coast. Samsun is a modern city of about 500,000 citizens and has welcomed the nations participating in the Deaflympics to it's beautiful coast.

The swimming competition will take place at the Atakum Olympic Swimming Pool in Samsun; and will last for 6 days.

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