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Paralympian sets world and American swimming marks

Paralympian sets world and American swimming marks

Connor Gioffreda was willing to try something different a year ago when he began swimming. "I never really swam confidently before," said Connor, of Timonium, who has dwarfism. "But now I feel I'm starting to catch up." Is he ever. The 16-year-old, who will be a junior at Dulaney High School this year, is leaving American Paralympic records — and one world mark — in his wake while training under the experienced eyes of coach Andrew Barranco for the Towson Merritt Athletic Swim team. The Paralympics are organized athletic competitions "for people with Paralympic-eligible impairments, including physical disabilities and visual...