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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Hundreds of athletes and community members gathered at Husson University to race against the clock in a swim meet Tuesda. It was combination of Special Olympic athletes along with middle and high school competitive athletes.

Officials said unified sports promote inclusion, acceptance and friendships amongst all types of athletes. Some of the races consisted of relays, so these athletes learned the meaning of teamwork.

Kelsey Tripp, 17, said her extra energy comes from being a supporter of her teammates.

"Working for the team is like cheering with each other, so you can get pumped," said Tripp.

ScorekeeperssaidTripp and herrelay team ended up in fourth place. Officials also said several of these Special Olympic athletes are eligible to compete at nationals in New Jersey.Tripp is one that will be competing in that June competition.

Depending on the athlete's placement, they can apply for for the U.S. Special Olympic Team in hopes to compete in Rio in 2016.

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