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Watch: Travis Pollen '12 Talks Love of Swimming, Paralympic Goal



Travis Pollen '12, a physics major from Elkins Park, Pa., is an above-knee amputee - and a national champion. At the 2010 U.S. Paralympics Spring Swimming Nationals, Pollen captured first place in the 50-meter freestyle (29.16) while taking second place in the 100-meter free (1:01.42). Pollen also earned lifetime-best times in the 50 back, 100 back (1:13.77), and 200 IM (2:44.02) and is now just .5 seconds off the qualifying time for the world championships. For his accomplishments, after only five years of swimming competitively, he is one of Sports Illustrated's latest "Faces in the Crowd."