LEWISTON – They will be splashing, puffing and just having fun as over 300 Maine Special Olympics athletes compete today in the annual Special Olympics Maine Swim Meet at Tarbell Pool on the Bates College campus.

Competition begins at 9:30 a.m. and will end at about 4 p.m.

Previously, the swim meet was held in conjunction with the Special Olympics Maine Summer Games. However, because of its huge growth, it is now a separate state competition.

The meet agenda includes a variety of aquatics events, everything from an assisted 10-meter swim to the 100-meter freestyle and relay.

Special Olympics Maine is a year-round athletic training and competition program for persons with intellectual disabilities of all ages. In Maine, there are nearly 3,000 athletes who participate.

More information on the Special Olympics program can be obtained by contacting the state office at 879-0489, or visit online at www.specialolympicsmaine.org.

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