CARY — Members of the Surry County Starfish recently competed in the 2018 Special Olympics Summer Games held at the Triangle Aquatic Center. The two-day meet featured over 300 athletes from counties around North Carolina.
“All of our athletes had an outstanding meet,” stated Starfish coach Benny Brannock. “It was an exciting event and all of our swimmers proudly represented Surry County. We brought back 48 medals and a lifetime of memories.”
Individually for Surry, Chance Casstevens took gold in the 200-yard freestyle, silver in the 100-yard freestyle, and bronze in the 50-yard freestyle. Fallon Cook took home a gold medal in the 25-yard freestyle while claiming silver in the 15-meter unassisted swim and bronze in the 25-yard kickboard. Katie Gibson earned gold medals in the 15-meter unassisted swim, 25-yard freestyle, and 25-yard backstroke.
Jacob Groff captured a gold medal in both the 50 and 100-yard freestyle events while earning a bronze medal in the 50-yard breaststroke. Haley Johnson took home gold medals in the 25-yard freestyle and 25-yard backstroke while also taking silver in the 25-yard kickboard event.
Neal Joyner added to the Starfish medal total with gold medals in the 50-yard backstroke, 50-yard breaststroke, and 50-yard freestyle. Jill Kelley earned a bronze medal in the 25-yard backstroke while also placing 4th in the 25-yard freestyle.
Surry’s Alex Lynch claimed gold medals in the 50-yard breaststroke, 50-yard freestyle, and 100-yard freestyle. John Marion earned a gold medal in the 25-yard backstroke, silver in the 50-yard freestyle, and bronze in the 25-yard freestyle. Hiatt Nester captured gold medals in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle events while also taking a silver in the 50-yard backstroke.
Dylan O’Neal took home gold medals in the 25-yard backstroke and 50-yard freestyle while placing sixth in the 25-yard freestyle. Teammate Charity Pearson finished with a silver medal in the 25-yard freestyle, along with a bronze medal in the 25-yard backstroke.
Travis Powell also had a solid meet for Surry, taking a silver medal in the 25 and 50-yard freestyle events while also earning bronze in the 25-yard backstroke. Starfish teammate Tabitha Reynolds earned a gold medal in the 25-yard freestyle, silver in the 25-yard breaststroke, and bronze in the 25-yard backstroke. Alijah Wood captured a silver medal in the 25-yard freestyle along with a bronze in the 25-yard backstroke.
In addition to the outstanding individual performances, the Starfish had a strong showing in the 100-yard freestyle relay with the team of Neal Joyner, Charity Pearson, Tabitha Reynolds, and Alijah Wood taking a gold medal. Surry also earned a silver medal in the 200-yard freestyle relay (pictured) with the team of Chance Casstevens, Jacob Groff, Hiatt Nester, and Travis Powell.
“Our team members really performed well and had a tremendous meet. We have a great group of swimmers,” added Brannock.
Surry is coached by Benny Brannock, Rob Sinton, and Wendy Tucker. Avery Tucker, Hadly Tucker, and Oshyn Bryant serve as Unified Partners. For more information on Surry County Special Olympics visit www.sonc.net/surry or contact Daniel White at [email protected]