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Tue Dec 17, 2013, 02:38 PM

A gracious winner

Florida swimmer Josh Zuchowski, 9, gave his trophy as the top swimmer in a meet earlier this month to rival Reese Branzell, 10, after Branzell had been hospitalized and could not compete.

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When it was over, he gave the trophy to Reese’s swim coach with a card that read, "I am so sorry that you have not been feeling well. Get well soon. So we can get back to battling in the pool. I have looked up to you since I was seven. You were an inspiration for me wanting to swim fast. I would rather get second with you at the meet then win with you absent. I won this trophy for you today. I hope to see (you) back in the pool. Your friend, Josh.’’

The two have been swimming against one another for three years and often rank 1-2 at the meets where 9- and 10-year-olds compete in the same races. Reese has since been released from the hospital and has been on antibiotics for the infection. His family was blown away by the gesture.

“They said it was the single nicest act that anyone has ever done for him and his family,’’ Jonathan said. “For Reese, it helped lift his morale to think, ‘Here's my No. 1 competitor, and he's thinking about me.’ That made him feel that much better to get back into the pool and do what he loves.”


http://www.today.com/news/swimming-champ-9-gives-trophy-hospitalized-rival-2D11745905

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Tue Dec 17, 2013, 02:55 PM

1. what a sweetheart. More than gracious, full of heart. n/t

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Tue Dec 17, 2013, 05:15 PM

2. K & R for great kids! They give us hope!

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