State swim meet stars

AWA Fundraiser for Special Olympics April 14, Isanti Arena

The Cambridge-Isanti Special Olympic swim team finished out a stellar season with a strong showing at the Special Olympics of Minnesota State swim meet. Held at the new aquatics center at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul March 24-25, the event draws hundreds of swimmers to compete for the gold.

This year’s C-I team did not disappoint. Beginning in early February this group of extraordinary athletes started training for both an area and State competition with three goals in mind: have fun, try your best and win. Mission accomplished as the team, led by Special Olympics veterans Victoria Koukol and Briana Bergeron, guided fellow returning swimmers Chase Patchen, Jeremiah Olson, Nathan Cox, Kaitlyn Pankan, Katrina Boettcher, Michael Malecha and rookie Christopher Sathre to an impressive collection of gold, silver and bronze medals in a variety of events from 25-meter freestyle events to the 100 meter race.

“These are some of the hardest-working athletes I have ever been around,” said coach Toby Patchen. He was joined by wife, Shannon, mother, Carol, and fellow coaches Andera Koukol and Brina Olson to put together an all-star team able to accomplish these feats.

“To see what these kids can do with the challenges they face makes it an honor to coach them,” Patchen added.

Many of the athletes get little rest as they soon begin their next sporting endeavor. The bowling season is now going– just one of the other sports offered with the Special Olympics. If you are interested in becoming a coach, volunteer or an athlete, log on for more information on getting involved.

The Cambridge-Isanti Special Olympics would like to invite everyone to their fundraising spectacular April 14 at 7 p.m. in Isanti at the David C Johnson Isanti Ice Arena.

The American Wrestling Federation is coming to town to help the team raise funds for such things as event fees, uniforms and equipment.

This is an all ages action packed show and with family friendly pricing you can bring the whole family with you to support a great cause.

Tickets are $10/adults, $5/students and kids 10-Under free. On top of that there is a $20 cap per family. For more information, go to the AWF web site at or call Toby at 763-274-8806 for questions or details.