Young swimmer wins 1st place, gives trophy to rival

December 17, 2013 6:44:24 AM PST
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 and 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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