Raleigh, NC – More than 170 Special Olympics athletes from Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia competed in the 2017 Special Olympics U.S. Southeast Swimming Invitational April 9, hosted by the Greensboro Aquatics Center in Greensboro, NC, according to Special Olympics North Carolina President/CEO Keith L. Fishburne.
Editor’s Note: Competition results for your coverage area are available on Special Olympics North Carolina’s website at http://sonc.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/2017-SO-Southeast-Swimming-Condensed-Results-for-Media.pdf.
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To ensure fair competition, the athletes were placed in competition divisions based on age, gender and ability level. Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded to the top three finishers in each division, and ribbons were presented for fourth through eighth place.
“The 2017 Special Olympics U.S. Southeast Swimming Invitational was a first-rate competition for all the athletes,” said Fishburne. “We had a great turnout of athletes, coaches, and spectators helping us celebrate the 21st anniversary of this event, and we appreciate all of the volunteers for donating their time to make this event a success. We congratulate the athletes on some great achievements!”
Athletes who competed in the 2017 Special Olympics U.S Southeast Swimming Invitational represented the following North Carolina counties: Davidson, Durham, Forsyth, Guilford/Greensboro, Guilford/High Point, Iredell, Jones, Lake Norman, Orange, Surry and Wake. Athletes from Florida and Virginia also competed.
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