ParalympianPara Swimming

Dalton Herendeen

Paralympian 2012, 2016

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Elkhart, IN


Concord High School, (Elkhart, Ind.) ‘12 University of Indianapolis ‘16, Physical Therapy

classification: S10, SB8, SM10

Herendeen began swimming at age eight. His left leg was amputated below the knee shortly after he was born due to a blood clot. The Indiana native made his senior international debut at the London 2012 Paralympic Games where he swam the 200m IM, 100m breast, 100m fly, 100m back and 400m free. He lists Aaron Piersol as his idol and the most influential person in his career is U.S. swimmer, Alex Burtch....Son of Steve and Lynn Herendeen…Steve was a gymnast at Ball State University…Has one sister, Chelsea, and one brother, Skyler …His grandfather Rudy Thoman played basketball at Indiana University …He loves to chew gum while he swims...Assistant swim coach at the University of Mary Washington… He was a top-8 finalist all four years in college at the championship level…Was the first impaired swimmer to make it to the high school state team in Indiana.
  • Two-time Paralympian (2012, 2016)
  • Rio 2016 Paralympics, 4th (100m breast), 6th (34 pt. 4x100m freestyle relay, 34 pt. 4x100m medley relay)
  • Most recent: 2015 – 6th (100m breast, 34 pt. 4x100m medley), 7th (34 pt. 4x100m free), 8th (100m back)
  • Years of Participation: 2015
  • Top Finish: 6th – 2015 (100m breast, 34 pt. 4x100m medley)
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