LEWISTON – Special Olympics Maine will hold its annual state swim meet Friday. More than 300 athletes, representing nearly 50 Maine teams, will compete at the Tarbell Pool on the campus of Bates College from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Awards will be presented throughout the day. Athletes will compete in a variety of aquatics events, everything from the assisted 10-meter swim to the 100-meter freestyle and relays.

In past years, the aquatics competition was held in conjunction with the annual Special Olympics Maine summer games. However, it has grown to be such a popular event that it is now held separately as a state competition.

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 in the program. For further information on Special Olympics Maine or this event, please contact the state office at 879-0489 or go to www.specialolympicsmaine.org.

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