Sept. 7, 2008
BEIJING - Yale junior Deb Gruen began competition at the Paralympic Games Sunday, placing seventh for Team USA in the women's 200 IM (SM7) with a time of 3:27.48. Gruen's performance was part of an impressive day for the U.S., as the Americans took home four gold medals, two silver medals and three bronze medals.
Competition in Gruen's strongest event, the 100 breastroke (SB6), takes place on Friday. Gruen captured first place in that event at the U.S. Paralympics Trials this spring.
Paralympic swimming competition is open to male and female athletes with physical disabilities such as dwarfism, amputation/limb loss, blindness/visual impairment, spinal cord injury/wheelchair-users, cerebral palsy/brain injury/stroke and Les autres.