Jack O’Neil

Colorado Springs, CO

University of Wyoming

B.A. Journalism – Spring 2025

Jack started swimming at the age of six and spent two summers on a summer league swim team before moving on to a year-round club where he specialized in backstroke and middle-distance freestyle. Jack was born with congenital deformities in his left leg that required many surgeries to fix. After almost 10 years of trying to save his leg, Jack decided that having his leg amputated above the knee was the best decision. He returned to the pool just weeks after the amputation and grew to become an advocate for athletes with disabilities as well as an outstanding swimmer and triathlete. Jack qualified for USA Para-swimming nationals at the age of 10 and went on to second-place finishes at both the USA Para-swimming and USA Triathlon para-nationals.  As a high school swimmer, he was the first athlete with a disability to qualify for the Colorado State Championships under able-bodied time standards. Jack was recruited to swim at the University of Wyoming by Head Coach Dave Denniston, a 2008 USA Paralympian in Swimming. Denniston, being very familiar with Swim With Mike, recommended that Jack apply for the scholarship.

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