A Race to First: Zachary Bogaczyk’s Win
April 20, 2018
An Unexpected Journey…A Race to First
Junior student Zachary Bogaczyk had a sweet taste of victory on April 10th at the Regional Special Olympic Games. He swam back-to-back races and placed first in the 50-yard freestyle and backstroke events. However, getting to this place has been a journey that has required courage, self-determination and the support of Zachary’s community.
The sport of swimming was first introduced to Zachary when he was 12 years-old as a form of rehabilitation after undergoing spinal fusion surgery. The Waukee YMCA offered an adaptive aquatics program which then escalated into a Special Olympics swim team. Zachary’s love of this sport also extends to the high school as well. For the past three years he has managed/coached the boys swim team and is thrilled to have two state titles under his belt!
What’s next? Zachary will be competing at the Summer All-State Special Olympic Games on May 18th up in Ames at Iowa State University. If you see him in the hallways be sure to wish him luck!