SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO – Rockwall County Special Olympic athletes Daniel Hettinger (left in left photo) won two silver medals and Scott Wendt won two Silver Medals and a Bronze at the World Aquatics Swim Meet in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sept. 10-17.
The athletes competed against swimmers from 29 different countries.
Hettinger earned Silver Medals in the 200-meter Freestyle and as part of the 4×50-meter Freestyle Relay. He also received two yellow ribbons by finishing fourth in the 100-meter Breaststroke and 100-meter Backstroke.
Wendt earned a Silver Medal in the 100-meter Individual Medley, a Silver Medal as part of the 4×50 Freestyle Relay, plus a Bronze Medal in the 200-meter Breaststroke. He al;so finished fifth in the 100-meter Backstroke.
With a big smile on his face, Hettinger told TheRockwallNews.com that he really enjoyed competing and winning the medals. He explained that when he swims he does not look at other swimmers racing against him. He just concentrates on swimming as fast as he can.
His mother, Heath resident Socorro Hettinger, said she and his father, Glen, were thrilled with how well Daniel did, competing against hundreds of athletes from across the world.
She said Daniel has great endurance and excels in longer races. He was in fourth place halfway through the freestyle event, then passed two swimmers to finish second. She predicted he would have finished first if the race was just a bit longer.
By J.J. Smith