Loyola swimmer Joe Wise finishes fifth in 400m Free at Paralympic Games
Team USA teammate Ian Silverman, coached in London by Loyola head coach Brian Loeffler, claimed gold with a time of 4:04.91, while Canada's Benoit Huot took silver (4:06.58) and Great Britain's Robert Welbourn won the bronze medal with a time of 4:08.18. Brazil's Andre Brasil, the 2008 champion and Paralympic Record Holder, was fourth, clocking in at 4:11.23, while Wise touched fifth in 4:15.66.
Wise, a sophomore from Menlo Park, Calif., was diagnosed in childhood with mitochondrial myopathy, a severe muscular disorder affecting his legs, hips, core muscles, and lungs. When he was 9, doctors told him and his family he would not live to see the age of 15. To learn more about Wise, find him on Facebook.