32 athletes represent county in Special Olympics regionals in Sebastian

SEBASTIAN — Swimmers from five counties will descend upon the North County Regional Park to participate in Special Olympics’ regional aquatics competition. Thirty-two such swimmers will represent Indian River County.

The competition will be held on Saturday. The opening ceremonies were held at 8:30 a.m. with swim meets wrapping up around 3 p.m., according to Special Olympics spokesman Jim Woods. “It’s really exciting to have it in our own backyard,” said Head Swim Coach Darla Danis, from the Special Olympics.This is the second year that the regional aquatics competition has been held at the North County Regional Park. Prior to last year, the competition was held in West Palm Beach.Swimmers were given their awards after their respective meets. Those who place first in their races will move on to the state competion, which will be held in October and again at the North County pool.

Meets included flotation, free, back stroke, breast stroke and others, ranging from 25 meters to 200 meters. There also were relays.

Competitors from Broward, Martin, St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties, along with the swimmers from Indian River County, participated in the annual event.

In all, there were 200 competitors who hit the pools on Saturday, Aug. 22.

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