Dec. 17, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Members of the Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team spent Sunday morning helping out and cheering on competitors at the Special Olympics State Aquatics Meet at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. More than 500 athletes from around Ohio competed in both traditional and unified events on the campus of The Ohio State University last weekend.
“It’s amazing to see these athletes compete,” senior Lauren Massey said. “It’s great to see the joy they get out of swimming and it makes me more excited to swim every day. This is a great event to be a part of because you get to interact with the people you are helping out.”
Right when you walked into Mike Peppe Natatorium, you could just feel the energy of the event that’s been ongoing now for more than four decades. The Buckeyes assisted with the awards ceremony, greeting competitors as they made their way to the podium, while also handing out the medals to the athletes.
“Our team has been volunteering here for the past few years and it definitely gives you a bigger picture that it’s not all about winning or losing,” senior Shannon Draves said. “It’s about doing something that you love to do and the excitement they show after a race is unlike anything else.”
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The Buckeyes return to dual action in a co-ed meet vs. Wright State Jan. 11 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.