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Young Florida Swimmer Offers Great Lesson in Sportsmanship

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- One of Florida's best young swimmers earned a first-place trophy at a recent meet -- and gave it to his rival.

Nine-year-old Joshua Zuchowski competed Dec. 7 with the Jupiter Dragons at the Santa Claus & Holiday Spring Invitational in West Palm Beach.

He won first place, but he gave the trophy to 10-year-old Reese Branzell, who swims with the Lake Lytal Lightning. Reese is another top swimmer in the state, but he's been ill with a bone infection for weeks.

Reese tells WPBF-TV Josh sent him his trophy with a note reading: "I won this trophy for you today, and I hope to see you back in the pool."

Josh says he felt sorry for Reese, and that he was trying to be a good sport.


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