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Special Olympics hosts first-ever area swim meet

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ABILENE, Texas - About 35 competitors took part in the local Special Olympics chapter's first-ever swim meet, held at the Royce and Pam Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center at ACU on Saturday.

Children and adults with intellectual disabilities along with unified partners, who did not have intellectual or developmental disabilities dove into the pools competing in events such as walking, floatation swim, freestyle, solo and relay swims.

Athletes were then awarded medals and ribbons based on their performances.

Swimmers ranged from 8-56 years old and most of them were competing in a Special Olympics Texas aquatics competition for the first time.

Those who were 12 and older will now be eligible to compete at the state competition, which will be in October at Texas A&M.

Special Olympics Texas is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all and foster communities of understanding and respect. SOTX helps more than 58,300 children and adults throughout Texas.

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