AF swimmers make splash at Warrior Games

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Air Force swimmers proved themselves in the pool May 5 by securing one gold and two silver medals during the 2012 Warrior Games at the U.S. Air Force Academy here.

Ryan McGuire secured the silver medals in the men's 100m freestyle single-leg amputation multi-class and the men's 50m freestyle SLA multi-class with times of 1:20:62 and 35.70, respectively.

In one of his last events of the day, McGuire garnered gold in the men's 50m backstroke SLA multi-class. He finished the race in 45.33, more than eight seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.

"I think I did pretty well," McGuire said. "The competition was pretty fierce this year, it steps up every year, but it makes me feel really good to be able to hold my own. I think I had a really good day overall."

Corey Carter earned the silver medal in the men's 50m freestyle above-the-elbow amputee multi-class. This was Carter's first time swimming competitively, and he missed first place by less than two seconds.

Carter agreed that the competition was tough, but he still managed to hold his own as a newcomer.

"I had a really good time; I did the best that I could, and I achieved what I came out here to do - get a medal in something, he said.

"The toughest thing for me was breathing and keeping my timing right," Carter said. "A little over a month and a half ago, I was a regular recreational swimmer, so learning how to freestyle was new for me. Learning how to get the timing down was something I had to work on back home. I had a lot of work to do before I got here, but when I got here I came to show what I had."

The Air Force female swimmers both gave good chase but fell short of the bronze. Katie Robinson placed fifth in the women's 100m freestyle open multiclass and Jennifer Stone came in a close fourth place in the women's 50m freestyle open multi-class. Her time was 41.84, which put her 1.5 seconds behind the third-place finisher.