Freshman Silverman Up For Paralympic Athlete Of Month|
Sept. 24, 2014
USC freshman swimmer Ian Silverman, who won seven medals at last month's 2014 Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships, is a candidate for the Paralympics August Athlete of the month in the Best Youngster category.
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Silverman, from Baltimore, broke a nearly 13-year-old world record to win gold in the men's 400m free S10 during the first day of the competition in Pasadena on Aug. 6. He finished in 4:03.57, breaking the previous mark of 4:04.20.
Silverman went on to break the American record in the 100m fly S10 (58.19) and the 200m IM S10 (2:13.77) en route to his huge medal haul between Aug. 6-10, which included one gold, two silver and four bronze.
Silverman, who was born with a mild cerebral palsy affecting his lower extremities and has had to have several surgeries on his legs, won gold in the 400m free at the 2012 Summer Paralympic Games in London and also holds the Paralympic world records in the 800m and 1500m freestyle and the 400m IM. He also owns Paralympic American records in the 200m free and the 50m fly.