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Former Navy Swimmer to be Honored by Tampa Bay Rays

Brad Snyder and his sister Elyse

April 6, 2012

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Brad Snyder, a 2006 graduate of the Naval Academy who served as the captain of the Navy men's swimming team as a senior, has been invited by the Tampa Bay Rays to throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the team's game against the New York Yankees on Saturday, April 7.

The first pitch honor for Snyder will take place seven months to the day since the Navy explosive ordnance disposal officer suffered injuries that included the loss of his eyesight when an improvised explosive device was triggered near him while on patrol in Afghanistan.

After returning to his hometown area of Tampa Bay toward the end of September, Snyder has ran in both a 5K and 10K race and has been invited to compete for a spot on the U.S. Paralympic Swimming Team. His best time in the 50 freestyle is less than two seconds off of the Paralympic world record.



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