Members of the Surry Starfish recently competed in the Special Olympics Summer Games, and every participant excelled.
More than 300 athletes were at the event at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary from counties all around North Carolina.
“It was an exciting event and all of our athletes had an outstanding meet,” Starfish coach Cathy Cloukey said.
Chance Casstevens took bronze in the 25 yard freestyle and 25 yard backstroke. Katie Gibson took home a gold medal in the 15 yard unassisted swim while capturing silver medals in the 10 yard unassisted swim and 25 yard floatation swim. Jacob Groff captured a gold medal in the 100 yard freestyle while adding a silver medal in the 50 yard breaststroke and bronze in the 50 yard freestyle.
Team captain Neil Joyner added to the Starfish medal total with a silver in the 25 yard backstroke along with bronze medals in both the 25 yard freestyle and 50 yard freestyle.
Jill Kelley took home a bronze medal in the 25 yard backstroke and finished fourth in the 25 yard freestyle and fifth in the 50 yard freestyle.
Hiatt Nester contributed to the Starfish medal tally by earning gold in the 25 yard freestyle and bronze in the 50 yard freestyle. Nester also finished fourth in the 25 yard backstroke.
Travis Powell turned in an outstanding meet finishing with gold medals in both the 25 yard freestyle and 50 yard freestyle while adding a silver medal in the 25 yard backstroke. Tabitha Reynolds won silver in the 25 yard backstroke and bronze in the 50 yard freestyle. She also added a fifth place finish in the 25 yard freestyle.
In addition to the outstanding individual performances, the Starfish had a strong showing in the 100 yard freestyle relay with the team of Jill Kelley, Hiatt Nester, Travis Powell, and Tabitha Reynolds taking the silver medal.
Surry is coached by Cathy Cloukey, Rob Sinton, Benny Brannock, and Michelle Jackson. Avery Tucker, Hadly Tucker, Lindley Williams, and Matheson Williams serve as Unified Partners. For more information on Surry County Special Olympics visit www.sonc.net/surry or contact Daniel White at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.