Swimmers compete in Lebanon County meet
ANNVILLE - Special Olympics Pennsylvania Northumberland Snyder swimmers competed at the Lebanon County meet at Lebanon Valley College, Saturday, March 19.
Competing were: Jacob Carey, Jennifer Angeli, Rachel Clark, Abby Menko, Cheryl Mack, Mikey Clark, Ian Kovalick, Jasmine Weaver, Paul Bettendorf, Rachel Martin, Sonya Herrick, Amanda Swazey, Randy Deklinski, and Joanie Ziegler. The swimmers competed against teams from Delaware County, Bethlehem City, Berks County and host program, Lebanon County.
"I couldn't be prouder of their accomplishments," said coach Arden Miller. "Several of the athletes beat their entry times for their events."
Jennifer Angeli and Jacob Carey both swam personal best for all events entered. Rachel and Mikey Clark swam personal best in 25 meter free and competed for the first time in the 50 meter free. Rachel Clark also competed for the first time in the 25 back. The athletes earned a total of seven gold medals, 12 silver, 15 bronze, five 4th-place ribbons and six 5th-place ribbons.
"The volunteers were helpful on the pool deck and we had a great time," said swimmer Paul Bettendorf.
The swimmers were supported by coaches Greg Kovalick Jr., Greg Kovalick Sr. and Arden Miller as well as many swim team volunteers and family members. Swimming practices are held on most Friday evenings at the Shamokin Area pool.
The Northumberland Snyder program offers many options for sports training and competition. Basketball practices are held each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Shamokin Dam. Power lifting, for those athletes age 14 or older, is held at Champs in Shamokin Dam on most Wednesday evenings. Roller skating practices will start in April at the Skatery on Route 225.
For more information about participating as an athlete or volunteer contact the office at 884-1023. Check out the program on the web: www.ns-sopa.org and on Facebook: Northumberland/Snyder Counties Special Olympics.