Category: Swimming

Special Olympics USA Team Named

314 athletes, coaches and staff to represent USA at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

USA Games Spotlight: Jonathan Pierce

By Naomi Cahill and Tracy McDannald FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- In the time leading up to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, one swimmer had officials buzzing. No way, the qualifying times couldn't possibly be right. Jonathan Pierce seems to have that "wow" effect -- whether it's his talent in the water or penchant for ...

2018 USA Games: July 6 Round-up

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- The full group of Special Olympics Southern California swimmers made up the bulk of the schedule Friday, the final day of competition at the 2018 USA Games. Swimming Team SOSC's 4x100-meter relay team closed out the Games in breathtaking fashion, jumping from fourth to second place in the final leg to win ...

2018 USA Games: July 5 Round-up

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- As the competitions enter its final days, the intensity is palpable and Special Olympics Southern California seems to just get stronger. Swimming Five Team SOSC swimmers competed in separate divisions of the 50-meter freestyle, and one shattered a personal-best time Thursday at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center. Nicolette Jones and ...

USA Games Spotlight: Nicholas Laguna

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games represent quite the full-circle turnaround for 18-year-old Nicholas Kagasoff Laguna. It's also an emotional moment of joy for his fathers, Denny Kagasoff and Lawrence Laguna. The child who initially wanted nothing to do with the water has blossomed into a competitive swimmer for Special Olympics Southern California. ...

2018 USA Games: July 4 Round-up

A handful of Special Olympics Southern California athletes celebrated the Fourth of July in style, raking in medals as the competitions heat up. Golf REDMOND, Wash. -- All three Team SOSC golfers medaled in their respective divisions Wednesday at Willows Run Golf Course. Both Kent Menendez and Kyle Aragon had a host of supporters make ...

2018 USA Games: July 3 Round-up

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Two more Special Olympics Southern California teams felt the joy of a victory at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games for the first time on Tuesday. Both the women's basketball team and Unified soccer team bounced back from 0-2 starts in pool play. Women's Basketball Bernadette Valencia scored 10 of her 12 ...

2018 USA Games: July 2 Round-up

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- Tyler Cribbs and the Special Olympics Southern California softball team set the tone Monday for the delegation. Tyler had a big day at the plate in a 12-10 win over South Dakota, the first of two victories on the day at Celebration Park. The shortstop went 3 for 3 and scored ...

USA Games Spotlight: Steven Espinoza

By Hannah van Warmerdam Steven Espinoza, a five-time gold medalist at this year’s Summer Games, seems to be unstoppable in the pool. With a bright smile on his face and gold medal around his neck earlier this year after winning the 50-meter backstroke, which happens to be his favorite event, it is clear Steven is ...

USA Games Spotlight: Lisa Koskovich

By Hannah van Warmerdam Since swimming in her first Special Olympics competition at 10 years old, Lisa Koskovich has worked her way from the bottom to the top. She went from winning ribbons to now winning multiple gold medals in more than 15 SOSC Summer Games. Now, Lisa feels honored to be chosen to compete ...