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Paralympic swimmers compete for national title in Oro Valley

Posted at 8:51 AM, Dec 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-17 10:51:55-05

TUCSON, Ariz. - More than 130 swimmers from around the world raced in Oro Valley over the weekend, competing for a national title ahead of the 2020 Paralympics.

One of the competitors, Sgt. Elizabeth Marks, is an Iraq veteran whose 2010 injury led her to amputation last year. She earned two national titles Sunday.

To her, being able to swim is freeing.

"Everyone here is very differently abled," she said. "We have a bunch of different disabilities, but for me it's very freeing because it's one of the sports where you can take off your prosthetics or your assisted devices and it's just you and the water."

Nearly 40 swimmers took home national titles in the competition.