Rockets swim and cheer to victory

Rockets swim and cheer to victory

It has been more than two years since the Tuscarawas County Rockets aquatics and cheer teams have competed in a state event. This weekend they returned to action at the 2022 Special Olympics Ohio Winter Games event with over 800 athletes from across the state.

The Rockets have been practicing for this event since October and are coming back with several medals for their efforts.

The cheer squad, coached by Kat Arthurs, Julie Erwin and Rhonda VanFossen, captured gold in a packed division. They did a combination of cheers and dances for their routine that clocked in at just under three minutes.

The swim team, coached by Stacy Harland and Dave DeMonte, also competed. Here is how they did:

—Jehred Bennett, silver, 25-meter freestyle and 4-by-25 freestyle relay.

—Diana DeMonte, fourth, 50-meter backstroke; fifth, 50-meter freestyle; and bronze, 4-by-50 freestyle relay.

—Conner DiGenova, gold, 25-meter freestyle, and silver, 4-by-25 freestyle relay.

—Allison Halsey, gold, 25-meter backstroke; silver, 50-meter freestyle; and bronze, 4-by-50 freestyle relay.

—Cady Harlan, gold, 50-meter backstroke; silver, 50-meter freestyle; and bronze, 4-by-50 freestyle relay.

—Miranda Milburn, gold, 25-meter freestyle, and bronze, 4-by-50 freestyle relay.

—Anna Randolph, silver, 25-meter freestyle and 4-by-25 freestyle relay.

—Larry Smitley, bronze, 25-meter freestyle, and silver, 4-by-25 freestyle relay.

While the Rockets may be hanging up their pom poms and goggles for a season, they are preparing for four spring sports including bocce, bowling, track and volleyball. All sports will be offered in traditional and unified formats.

They also have basketball games coming up. These include statewide friendship games on March 26 at Strasburg Schools at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 and 4 p.m., as well as a game against the Strasburg Fire Department and other first responders on April 2 at 6 p.m.

Volunteers, coaches and athletes are needed for these events and sports. Email Richelle Lefler, local coordinator, at tuscarawascountyspecialolympic@gmail.com.


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