A Lakeland Union swimmer plans to take his goggles and swim gear to the next level Submitted: 06/27/2018
Story By Erin Beu

A Lakeland Union swimmer plans to take his goggles and swim gear to the next level
MINOCQUA - Joey Jurries will be the only person in Wisconsin representing team USA at the World Down Syndrome Swim Championships at the end of next month.

Joey's mom, Judy says Joey joined the club team two years ago but that was just the start.

"We all dream of him on the podium," said Judy.

After Joey's freshman year on the Lakeland Union Swim Team, he started making waves in the swimming community.

During his freshman year, Joey qualified to represent team USA in the 9th World Down Syndrome Swim Championships in Canada at the end of next month.

"That's like a mom's dream come true," said Judy.

Joey's head coach Chris Garcia says Joey will compete in the 25 and 50 Freestyle, 25 and 50 Backstroke, and the 25 and 50 Butterfly.

"He's learned the techniques. He's gotten his flip turn down, his starts, backstroke butterfly," said Garcia.

Joey is going into the championship only a few seconds off from some of the World Records.

"We all know he's capable of [breaking them]," said Judy.

Joey is one of the 280 swimmers competing in the Championship next month.

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