Weston High seniors (from left) Jack Blyzinskyj, Tommy Peacher, and Ryan Burrow celebrate with freshman Otto Plank after their first-place 200-freestyle relay finish on Jan. 24.
For Otto, who has significant cognitive delays, this was his first varsity win. Claude Valle encouraged Otto, whose condition requires a full-time tutor in school, to join the team.
“I think all kids, no matter what their situation, should have an opportunity to experience all aspects of school life,” Valle said. “It’s part of growing up. It’s part of socialization.”
Watch Otto’s first varsity win (his team is competing in lane 3):