Summer Schmit was born with congenital disarticulation of her right wrist and has no right hand. She started swimming competitively at age 11 and participated in her first international meet just a year later. Schmit has since competed in at the 2016 Paralympic Trials and the 2018 World Para Swimming World Series, where she placied third in both the 200m individual medley and 100m breaststroke. She followed that up by placing 1st in the 200m individual medley and 2nd in both the 400m freestyle and 100m butterfly at the 2019 World Para Swimming World Series. She is making her Paralympic debut in Tokyo.
Away from swimming:
Schmit was home schooled during high school and hopes to continue her education at a university that meets her educational, social, and athletic desires equally. She enjoys spending time with her family and getting outdoors to experience new things.
In their own words:
“Swimming with a disability has challenged me to push myself harder than I thought possible and inspired me to keep up with my able-bodied teammates, especially my twin sister. While at times it has been challenging, it has also taught me perseverance.”
“Swimming has taught me to how to dream, plan, and achieve my goals. It has taught me dedication and patience and has shown me my ability to push past the limit of what I though was possible.”
- Sport: Swimming
- Limb Difference: Right below elbow
- DOB: 8/8/03
- Residence: Grant, MN
- School: Homeschooled
- Classification: S9/SB9/SM9