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Friday, 11 March 2016 17:28

Austin Hicks placed fourth in the 50-yard freestyle exhibition race held during the 2016 Nebraska State High School Swimming and Diving Championships. Here, Hicks poses for a picture with his gold medal. (Courtesy Photo)


By Sheri Hink-Wagner

The Wauneta Breeze

Austin Hicks, a 2015 graduate of Wauneta-Palisade Schools, got a special opportunity to compete during the 2016 Nebraska State High School Swimming and Diving Championships in Lincoln on Feb. 26.

Hicks was invited to compete in a 50-yard freestyle exhibition race during the preliminary round at the state meet held at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

He placed fourth in the boys’ freestyle race with a time of 43.0. Hicks and the other eight race participants received gold medals.

“Austin was super excited about the opportunity and wanted to do his best,” explained his coach Lynne Kinne. “The boys’ race was very competitive, and he felt honored to be given the opportunity to compete.”

Kinne said this is the second year the Nebraska State Activities Association (NSAA) has held the Special Olympics freestyle event during the high school swim meet. She indicated the exhibition is part of an effort to promote inclusion for all athletes.

Special Olympians are nominated to participate by their coaches. The NSAA and Nebraska Special Olympics then select competitors for the event.

Hicks’ teammate Brittany Carney was also invited to compete in the girls’ freestyle race.

Hicks is currently attending the job skills and life skills program at McCook Public Schools and is a member of the McCook Special Olympics  program. He is the son of Jason and Crystal Hicks of Palisade.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 March 2016 18:56