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Local swimmer heads to world championships

What happened to the local swimmer at Superior Athletic Club who was trying to make the national team? Is she going to compete in Mexico?

— David S., Medford

The judges must have been impressed with the swimming records she set in Georgia, David, because Sara Slawta is heading to the 2017 INAS World Swimming Championships in Mexico, her mom Jennifer Slawta said.

Slawta, who we wrote about last month, won nine medals in a Georgia swim meet and helped break an American record as part of a relay July 9. She has swam competitively since joining Superior Stingray Swimming more than a year ago with head coach Siouxha Tokman.

The International Federation for Intellectual Disability Sport is an organization for amateur athletes with intellectual disabilities, Down Syndrome or autism. Slawta, 24, was diagnosed with a brain impairment at a young age.

The World Swimming Championships in Mexico will be held from Nov. 27 to Dec. 4. Slawta told us last month she hopes to compete in the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo.

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