Over 80 special athletes from McKean, Elk and Cameron counties gathered at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Sport and Fitness Center pool recently for the annual Special Olympics Swimming Invitational, Sponsored by Dallas-Morris.
The invitational is the culmination of the swimming season for most of the athletes, who have been in training for several months for this event. Six swimmers, whose names will be announced, will advance to the Pennsylvania Special Olympics Summer Games at Penn State, June 9-11.
Gold medal winners were:
15yd Walk: Adam Rakieski, Rene Chittester, John Sandlin
10yd Assisted: Rene Chittester, Heather Kephart, Isaac Austin, Derek Hottel, Jeff Gagliardi
15yd Unassisted: Heather Kephart, Jean Zumstein, Derek Hottel, Zack Frontera
15yd Float: Adam Rakieski, Tina Whitford
25yd Float: Heather Kephart, Derek Hottel, Zack Frontera
25yd Freestyle: Joe Lee, Mitchell Rakieski, Andrew Wilson, Matt Scott, Tom Sorg, Aaron Briggs, Karen Smith, Vicky Nichols, Sharon Petitt, Ashley Peterson
25yd Breaststroke: Ken Stage
25yd Backstroke:Zach Koch, Andrew Wilson, Donald Kuntz, Matt Scott, Vicky Nichols, Karen Smith,Sharon Petitt, Morgan Nelson, Kari Johnston
50yd Freestyle: Matt Scott, Joe Lee, Ginger Smith, Zach Koch
50yd Backstroke:Vicky Nichols, Susan Parkes, Mitchell Rakieski, Karen Smith, Andrew Wilson
4x25yd Relay: Andrew Wilson, Anna Smith, Ashley Peterson, Matt Scott