Fayetteville gold medalist to compete at Down Syndrome Swimming World Championships

Mary Borman is honored after winning a gold medal in stand up paddleboard at the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando, Fla.

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Fayetteville’s Mary Borman will help represent the United States at the Down Syndrome Swimming World Championships.

Borman, 24, earlier this year took home a gold medal in stand up paddleboard at the Special Olympics USA Games held in Orlando, Fla. She finished with a time of 23 minutes and 14 seconds in the 1,600-meter Level 3 event.

The Down Syndrome championships are set for Oct. 15-23 in Portugal. The event will mark the return of the biannual championships, which were cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic.

Borman qualified for the event in April, according to social media post from the Razorback Aquatic Club. The start list for the event shows she will compete in the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, as well as the 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle competitions,

Borman has over 44,000 followers on TikTok (@mermaid_maryborman), and also posts updates to her Instagram account (@mermaid_maryborman).