Paul hails from Ohio and comes from a family of swimmers. Five of the family’s six boys swam in college, and Paul has been swimming competitively since the age of 6. He was a scholarship swimmer for four years at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he swam the 200IM, 400IM, and 200 Butterfly.
Paul has been involved in Masters swimming since 1992, and he has earned 45 top-ten Masters swimming times since then. In addition to coaching the Maryland Masters team, Paul was also the Maryland Masters swimmer of the year in 1994. Other accolades include being a Gay Games Gold, Silver, and Bronze medalist in Amsterdam (1998) and in Cleveland (2014); a 10-time IGLA champion; and a former IGLA record holder in the 100 Fly and 400IM (short course meters).
Paul’s favorite moment was his 2nd-place finish at the 1997 Y Masters National Championship in the 200 Medley Relay as he swam the butterfly leg in the relay with his brothers Jerry (backstroke), Matt (breaststroke), and John (freestyle). Paul remembers, “Our mom was in the stands at the Indianapolis Natatorium with a packed house cheering us on, but we missed winning by less than a second! It was a lot of fun to have the announcer make a big deal about it and watch the everyone in the stands cheering us on to try and win. It was very emotional but also so exciting to share that moment with my family.”