The Special Olympics Maine annual state swim meet will be Wednesday, April 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include many Midcoast athletes.

More than 300 Special Olympics Maine athletes, representing nearly 50 teams, will compete at the Tarbell Pool at Bates College. Awards will be presented throughout the day.

Athletes will compete in a variety of aquatics events, from the assisted 10-meter swims to the 100-meter freestyle and relays.

Registered Midcoast squads for the state swimming include: Belfast Area High School, Edna Drinkwater School in Belfast, Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro, Maine School Administrative District 3 (Mount View), Rockland District High School, Thomaston Grammar School and Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast.

In previous years the aquatics competition was held in conjunction with the annual Special Olympics Maine State Summer Games. However, it has grown to be such a popular event that it is now held separately as a state competition.

Special Olympics Maine is a year round athletic training and competition program for persons with intellectual disabilities of all ages. In Maine, there are nearly 3,000 athletes who participate in the program.

For more information on Special Olympics Maine, call Mark Capano at 879-0489 or go online at specialolympicsmaine.org.

VillageSoup sports staff can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at sports@villagesoup.com.