Competitive swimmer Ryanne Tyler of Bavon came home with one gold medal and two bronze medals from the Special Olympics Virginia’s annual Summer Games, held June 10-11 in Richmond.
Ryanne, 17, took first place in the 25-yard freestyle and third in the 25-yard backstroke, held on Friday at the Collegiate School Aquatics Center. She returned Saturday, where she took home a bronze medal in the 50-yard freestyle. She competed in Division 5; the competitors, male and female, are grouped together by their times in regional meets.
She has been training since January for this competition as a part of Special Olympics Area 22, practicing at the Victory Family YMCA in Yorktown. Ryanne had been a competitive swimmer as a young girl, but multiple surgeries had put a hold on that for a while. And she’s glad to be able to get back into the pool and racing.
In the race that she won, the 25 freestyle, Ryanne put in a blazing time of 23.97 seconds, touching the pad 2/100ths of a second a...
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