CLAREMONT, N.H. – The Special Olympics Upper Valley Regional Games were held Saturday, May 4 in Claremont, N.H. It was the first time this event was held in Claremont and the Parks and Recreation Department did a fantastic job hosting track and field events, bocce, and swimming.
The Fall Mountain Special Olympics team had a phenomenal day. Russell Putnam, the lone track star for the team, won first place in both the 100 meters and 200 meters. The bocce team players only participated in qualifying and singles for this day. In their divisions, Sarah Johnson and Bonnie Kyle both took first place ribbons, Rachel Maxim won a second place ribbon, and Sean Anderson and Mark Pebbles both finished in third place.
Over at the pool, the Fall Mountain Watercats had a wild day with four events each. Eric Swain took home third, fourth, fifth, and sixth in the 50-meter, 15-meter, 10-meter, and 25-meter swim. Dalton Hutchinson had a great showing with two first place finishes in the 50-meter freestyle and the 50-meter backstroke. He then took home two second place finishes in the 25-meter freestyle and 50-meter backstroke. Olivia Rounds swam to two third place finishes in the 10-meter and 15-meter. She received second in the 50-meter and fourth in the 25-meter. Mariah Pratt had a great showing with first in the 50-meter freestyle, third in the 50-meter backstroke, third in the 100-meter backstroke and second in the 100-meter freestyle. Jacob Barboza was on fire in the pool with a stellar showing with three first place finishes in the 15-meter, 25-meter, and 50-meter. He finished the day with second place in the 10-meter.
The team heads to the New Hampshire State Games June 6-8 at the University of New Hampshire.