Sunday, October 7, 2007
Swimmers in 4x25
SHANGHAI, People’s Republic of China – Swimmers Melanie Flowers and Jeremy Hartman competed in swimming events today as part of Special Olympics World Summer Games. Flowers events today were her first since arriving in Shanghai. She placed third in the 50 meter backstroke preliminary competition, with a time of 1:41:17. Flowers also swam the anchor leg for Team USA in the 4 x 25 meter relay. Flowers and her teammates placed second in the preliminary round, finishing in 1:47:04.
Jeremy Hartman swam the second leg for Team USA in the men’s 4 x 25 meter relay. The team finished fourth with a time of 1:56:80.
Hartman and Flowers are both from the Mat-Su Valley. Final rounds for the men’s and women’s 4 x 25 meter relay and women’s 50 meter backstroke take place on Monday. Both athletes also compete on Tuesday.
Fellow Team USA athletes from Alaska include Whitney Davis, runner, and Bobby Hill, powerlifter. Four Alaska athletes and one coach are participating in the World Games. Competition began October 3 and runs until October 11.