Athlete makes big splash in Special Olympics

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Collin McGookey, son of Dan and Judy McGookey of Fredericksburg, competed in the Special Olympics USA Games, June 30-July 7 in Seattle.

He was a member of Team Texas and won a silver medal in the 25-meter freestyle and a bronze medal in the 4x25-meter freestyle relay.

McGookey also competed in the backstroke.

The local athlete trains with his aquatics team in Austin, at the Hill Country Memorial Wellness Center in Fredericksburg and attended a training camp in Arlington.

More information about joining a unified team (comprised of both Special Olympics athletes and their peers) or Special Olympics in general is available by contacting JoAnn Leifeste at 830-889-1216.