Green River Star -

By David Martin

Last chance meet gives some a first chance


Star photo by David Martin

Dean Lyon catches his breath after swimming during the last chance meet Thursday. Lyon is one of the state qualifiers heading to Gillette later this week.

During the Last Chance Meet Thursday afternoon, a few Green River students got a shot at competing in an event.

Students from the school district's adaptive physical education program swam in a 50-yard freestyle race. The competition is the brainchild of head swimming coach Colleen Seiloff and adaptive physical education teacher Tracy Giesenhagen. Giesenhagen said the race was the first of its kind hosted in Green River and hopes to make it an annual event for her students.

The students in the adaptive physical education program start swimming while they're in kindergarten and continue until they graduate from high school. Giesenhagen said she also introduces the students to a number of different activities, such as bowling and ice skating. She also takes them to parks throughout the city when the weather cooperates.

The race involves students from Monroe Intermediate School, Lincoln Middle School, as well as the high school. Giesenhagen said Green River High School student Taylor Atgire inspired her to speak with Seiloff about hosting a race during a home meet.


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