Transylvania University swimmer Ed Freeman is competing for Team USA at the World Deaf Swimming Championships this week in San Antonio, Texas.
Freeman, a sophomore from Lafayette High School in Lexington, is one of only five members returning from the U.S. team that won gold in 2011.
At 14 years old, Freeman was the youngest swimmer on the men's team to compete at the 2011 World Deaf Swimming Championships in Coimbra, Portugal. Freeman also competed in the 2013 Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Freeman and Tyler Brown from Fort Thomas are the only two competitors from Kentucky.
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"It's an honor to be able to represent the United States at the World Championships," Freeman said. "I am fortunate to have been a member of the national team for four years now. I look forward to meeting (Tyler) and for both of us to represent Kentucky."
Freeman swims sprint freestyle and breaststroke for Transylvania. During the 2014-15 season, Freeman's helped the Pioneers to a third-place finish in the 200 medley relay at the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships and a fifth-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay. He also anchored the 400 freestyle relay in which the Pioneers took fifth place.
"Ed played an integral part to our men's team last season," Transylvania interim head coach Keaton Hannon said. "As a freshman, he was the anchor of our relays and one of our go-to sprinters. I am excited to see what his sophomore year brings, as he continues to grow as a leader on our team."
Freeman will compete in the 50 freestyle, 50 breaststroke, 50 butterfly, 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke at the World Championships.