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STRETCHING TOWARD SPECIAL OLYMPICS

Becky Van Daniker lines up for training in the backstroke with Hernando County's Special Olympics aquatic team at the YMCA in Spring Hill on Saturday. Van Daniker and other participants are training on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays to qualify in events such as breaststroke, backstroke, freestyle and relay. If the swimmers qualify in county and area games, they can compete in the State Aquatics Championships coming up in Sebastian on Oct. 6. At left, instructor Crystal Shaver helps Joshua LeBarge, center, and other members of the Special Olympics aquatic team stretch out before training at the YMCA.

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