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UNF student Morgan Ray to compete for TEAM USA at 2022 Para Swimming World Championships

Morgan Ray swimmerMorgan Ray, a University of North Florida Brooks College of Health sophomore student and Paralympic athlete, will represent Team USA at the 2022 Para Swimming World Championships in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal from June 12 through June 18.

Ray, who began swimming at the age of six and has trained with the Bolles School Sharks since 2013 on their club team, was born with Achondroplasia, the most common form of short-stature or dwarfism.

In the recent qualifying meet for the U.S. world championship team held in April in Indianapolis, Ray won gold in the 100-meter breast setting a new American record as well as earning a bronze in the 200-meter individual medley. Last year, he was named the first male alternate for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Team.

He previously competed for Team USA at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru, where he placed fourth in the 100-meter breaststroke. Ray made his international debut at the 2018 World Para Swimming World Series in Indianapolis landing his first emerging time standards for the US Paralympic National team, in the 400free and 100 breaststroke. His first Para Swimming competition was at the 2017 US Paralympic National Championships in Charlotte, North Carolina.