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Triangle swimmer qualifies for Olympic trials

Triangle swimmers don't just compete in the area. Some of them make a splash on the regional and national scenes.

Victoria Mitchell of the Marlins Of Raleigh-Wolfpack Aquatics is one of those swimmers with big achievements, and she added another this past weekend.

Bulldogs bounce to many medals at world championships

Led by veteran jumpers Erica Zenn and Mary Hunter Benton, who each won 16 medals, the Chapel Hill-based Bouncing Bulldogs Jump Rope Team collected 449 medals – 228 gold – at the World Jump Rope Championships held July 2-4 in Washington, D.C.

The Bulldogs took gold in the Team Show Small Group Junior Division and won silver in the Senior Division, with ProForm Airborne of Idaho Falls, Idaho, winning the Senior gold. In the Jump Rope Showcase Championship, the gold went to the Bulldogs’ Junior 14-and-younger team of Rebeccah Musson, Isabel Osborne, Reagan Roeber, Mia Stopa and Adam Weston.

Time to sign up for fall leagues

Summer has barely started, but already it's time to think about fall, especially if you plan to play in a fall recreational sports league.

Deadlines already are approaching for some organizations, and leagues are filling fast.

Bandits and Rockies celebrate City Championships in softball

The age 10-12 Bandits and the age 13-16 Rockies have won their Raleigh Parks and Recreation Girls Youth League City Championship titles.

After playing in 12 regular-season games, the champions competed in tournaments that involved teams representing each of the city's four athletic districts, said Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department intern Tyler Bolton-Fuhrman.

Bike ride will benefit Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation

 

Registration has opened for the second annual Five-O Memorial Bike Ride scheduled for Aug. 20 in North Raleigh.
 
The fundraiser for the Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation will start at 7 a.m. at Trek Bicycles of Raleigh, located at 10911 Raven Ridge Road. 

Olympic star Greg Louganis will speak to area divers at Duke

 

Triangle divers and their coaches and fans have the chance to meet one of competitive diving's legends this weekend. 
 
Greg Louganis, a double gold-medalist at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, is visiting the Duke University campus in Durham for three days as part of an athlete mentor program conducted by USA Diving. 

Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA will seek protections for gay community in possible merger

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA has released a statement saying it will seek to protect the the gay community as it considers a merger with the Y of the Triangle.

In recent weeks, members of the Chapel Hill Town Council and Carrboro Board of Aldermen have raised concern about how a merger might affect LGBT members and employees because the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA treats sexual orientation like other protected characteristics and the Y of the Triangle does not.

The Carrboro Board of Aldermen passed a resolution June 14 urging the local YMCA not to merge "unless the YMCA of the Triangle passes a non-discrimination policy which includes sexual orientation and implements a new appropriate membership policy."

In a press release the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA board of directors says it is talking about a future merger with the much larger Y in order to improve its current facilities and expand and improve services in Orange and Chatham counties.

Duke to host public session with Greg Louganis

Duke will host a club day beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday (July 2) at the Blue Devil dry land practice facility, where Olympic champion Greg Louganis will talk with local divers, coaches and fans.

Tarheel Swimming Association competitors hit pool

The Tarheel Swimming Association splashed into community pools around Wake County on Tuesday night, starting the 41st season for the recreational summer league.

Each Tuesday through July 19, more than 10,000 athletes ages 18 and under on 78 teams will compete in dual meets, TSA president Bob Goudreau said.

Week 1 results are below.

Recycle those athletic shoes

 

Your old shoes can get new life.

At the Hershey’s Track and Field Games meets being held at Buffaloe Road Athletic Center on June 15 (8:30 a.m.-noon) and June 24 (4:30-8 p.m.), participants are encouraged to recycle gently worn shoes for Nike’s ReUse-A-Shoe program, recycling shoes into sustainable athletic surfaces.

 
The park is located at 5812 Buffaloe Road.
 
Other drop-off locations through June 24 are Laurel Hills Community Center, 3808 Edwards Mill Road; Carolina Pines Community Center, 2305 Lake Wheeler Road; and Barwell Community Center, 3935 Barwell Road Collections.
 
 
***Got recreational sports news to report? Call Teri Boggess at 919-829-4831 or email play@newsobserver.com.***