#USAGames Today: Grand Finale

SEATTLE, Wash. – It is the final day of competition for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. Special Olympics Southern California athletes (Team SOSC) will take the stage on the track and in the pool before the closing ceremony will end the games at 7 p.m.

The day will begin with Sarah Kovacs and Robert Waters on the Husky Track with the 1,500-meter run at 8:30 and 8:45 a.m., respectively. Thanks to his qualifying run to start USA Games, Brett Laza will compete in the 100-meter dash high performance division final at 9:35 a.m.

The rest of the day belongs to the swimmers. A little after 10:00 a.m. from King County Aquatics Center the 50M backstroke will take place. Steven Espinoza, Nicholas Laguna, Ethan Tran, Kiana Yep, Nicolette Jones and Dawn Albritton will all compete in their respective divisions.

It will be a quick turnaround for Albritton and Jones, who will have to quickly get back into the pool for the 25-meter breaststroke final roughly 20 minutes after their backstroke final. Competition for Team SOSC will then end with Lisa Koskovich, Christina Principe, Steven Espinoza and Jonathan Pierce swimming the 4×100 freestyle relay.

Closing Ceremony will then take place at Lake Union Park at 7 p.m. Attendees will celebrate athlete successes and the culmination of the 2018 USA Games, while enjoying music by Seattle band Hey Marseilles, mobile food trucks, festive street performers and a short program.

Here is a look at what is on the slate for #TeamSOSC (schedule subject to change, for up-to-date information, visit SpecialOlympicsUSAGames.org) on July 5:

  • 8:30 a.m.: TRACK: 1,500M Final (Husky Track)
    • Sarah Kovacs (Division: F03 – 8:30 am)
    • Robert Waters (M01 – 8:45 am)
  • 9:00 a.m.: BASKETBALL: Awards Ceremony (All morning, if applicable, at Fan Zone)
  • 9:00 a.m.: TENNIS: Heidi Sand (Team SOSC) vs. Brittany Tagliareni (UW Tennis Stadium Court 1)
  • 9:35 a.m.: TRACK: Brett Laza in 100M HP Final (Husky Track)
  • 10:00 a.m.: TRACK: Awards Ceremony (Throughout morning at Husky Track)
  • 10:10 a.m.: SWIM: 50M Backstroke Final (King County Aquatics Center)
    • Steven Espinoza (M07 – 10:13 am)
    • Nicholas Laguna (M07 – 10:13 am)
    • Ethan Tran (M08 – 10:16 am)
    • Kiana Yep (F01 – 10:19 am)
    • Nicolette Jones (F02 – 10:22 am)
    • Dawn Albritton (F08 – 10:40 am)
  • 10:40 a.m.: UNIFIED BASKETBALL: Team SOSC vs. Arizona/Wyoming (Bronze Medal Game at Harshman Center)
  • 10:53 a.m.: SWIM: 25M Breaststroke Final (King County Aquatics Center)
    • Dawn Albritton (F03 – 10:53 am)
    • Nicolette Jones(F03 – 10:53 am)
  • 11:12 a.m.: SWIM: Team SOSC in 4x100M Freestyle Relay Final (King County Aquatics Center)
    • Lisa Koskovich, Christina Principe, Steven Espinoza & Jonathan Pierce
  • 12:30 p.m.: SWIM: Awards Ceremony (Throughout day at King County Aquatics Ctr.)
  • 7:00 p.m.: CLOSING CEREMONY, Presented by Amazon (Lake Union Park)

Today’s ESPN coverage will include the daily highlight show on ESPN2 at 3 pm.


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