Ohio Conference minister to compete in aquatics disability meet in tune-up for Paralympics Trials

Ohio Conference minister to compete in aquatics disability meet in tune-up for Paralympics Trials

In preparation for the Paralympics Trials, the Rev. Bob Molsberry, Conference Minister of the United Church of Christ's Ohio Conference, will compete May 19-20 in Cincinnati at the Greater Toledo Aquatic Club's Disability Open.

The event, expected to draw top disabled athletes from across the country, is the final meet recognized by the International Paralympics Committee before the Paralympics Trials, to be held in Bismarck, N.D., in June. Based on their Trials times, swimmers will be selected for the U.S. team competing in the London Paralympics Games later this year.

While the times Molsberry posts in Cincinnati will determine his seeding at the Paralympics Trials, he already has qualified for the Trials.

If selected for the U.S. team, Molsberry, who turns 58 this summer, will be the oldest American ever to compete in the Paralympics, according to his own research. "The oldest American I can find mentioned was 56," he said.
In the Cincinnati meet, Molsberry plans to swim the 200-meter breaststroke, the 50-meter breaststroke and the 100-meter breaststroke. The meet will be held at the University of Cincinnati Keating Aquatic Center. Admission is free.

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