- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—Christopher Nichol, who trains at the Leaning Tower YMCA in Niles, became the first Illinois athlete to medal at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles when earned a silver medal in the 100-meter backstroke.

Nichol finished in 1 minute, 44.13 seconds on Sunday, July 26. He finished second to John Mchale (1:41.68) in Division M5.

Nichol is scheduled to swim in both the 200 backstroke and 100 butterfly on Thursday, July 30.

A 2014 graduate of Note Dame College Prep, Nichol lives in Chicago’s Edgebrook/Wildwood neighborhood. He is one of 15 Special Olympics Illinois athletes competing at the games.

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