WPI Wire, Vol. 10, No. 2 - Summer 1996

Paralymics are golden for WPI swimmer

WPI swim team captain Jason Wening moved into the international spotlight this summer when he competed at the Paralympics from Aug. 16 through Aug. 28 in Atlanta. Wening earned the right to swim on the U.S. National Disabled Swim Team, a subset of the U.S. Paralympic Team, by qualifying in the 400-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly events, where he swam a world-best time for this year (4:58.68) in the 400 freestyle and set a new U.S. record (1:19.54) in the 100 butterfly.

On August 19, Wening turned in a world-record 4:49.7 performance to win the 400-meter freestyle. He beat his own record, which he set in Barcelona in 1992. Three days later he finished eighth in the 100-meter freestyle and, on Aug. 23, he and his teammates came in fifth in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay. He also competed in in the 200-meter individual medley relay and took part in several other team relays during the Paralympics.

A senior majoring in mathematics from Jefferson City, Mo., Wening is no stranger to international competition. He has won gold medals at world competitions and holds the world record in the 400-freestyle.

He has competed primarily in 1,000- and 1,650-yard freestyle events at WPI and consistently improved his times. He has also been a part of the squad that coach Whit Griffith brings to the New England Championships.

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