Hannah Aspden '22 Earns Spot At 2020 Paralympic Games
The Queens swimmer will head to Tokyo later this year to make her second Paralympic appearance
by Keith Pierce
Hannah Aspden ‘22 is heading to the Tokyo Paralympic Games after earning a spot on
the U.S Paralympic Swimming team over the weekend.
Aspden, a 21-year-old rising senior at Queens, took first place in three of the four events she competed in at the U.S. team trials in Minnesota to punch her ticket to the upcoming 2020 games.
"I’m thrilled! It’s always a huge honor to represent your country," said Aspden. "I think it’s really important for us to show the world what we can do and push the Paralympic movement forward and promote what it stands for, which is using what you do have and being adaptable and promoting inclusion in sports."
This will be the second consecutive Paralympics she has participated in, as Aspden was the youngest U.S swimmer to medal at either the Olympics or Paralympics in Rio in 2016, taking home a pair of bronzes.
A native of Raleigh, Aspden was born without a left leg. After beginning her national team career at age 13, she joined the Queens swim team in 2018.
The swimming events at the 2020 Paralympic Games will take place from August 25 to September 3, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.