Bishop’s student to swim for U.S.

Roy Perkins, who last week graduated from The Bishop’s School, will swim for the U.S. at the 2008 Paralympics Summer Games in Beijing, China.

Perkins, who is ranked top five in the world in five of seven events, will be swimming the 50m butterfly, 50m, 100m, and 200m freestyle; the 50m backstroke; the 100m backstroke; and, the 200m individual medley.

Perkins is a world record holder in the butterfly. The Paralympics is the world’s second-largest sporting event after the Olympics.

Since 1988, the games have been held at the same venue as the Summer and Winter Olympic Games.

For the 2008 Beijing Summer Games, there will be 260 athletes in the U.S. delegation competing in 19 sports. There are 38 swimmers (20 men, 18 women) on the U.S. team, competing in 10 functional and three visually impaired classifications.

Perkins plans to attend Stanford University.