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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan
McClain Hermes, 12, of the Hamilton Mill Hammerheads Swim Team competes in the 50-meter backstroke against the Daniel Park Twisters at the Hamilton Mill Swimming Pool in Dacula on June 13th. Hermes who is legally blind gets assistance from her coach Holly Isserstedt. They use old canes with a tennis ball to tap McClain to notify her when to flip or finish.

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12-year-old not letting blindness keep her out of pool

McClain Hermes, churning through the water, speeds toward a cement wall.. Her Hamilton Mill swim coach, Holly Isserstedt, stands at the end of the lane with a cane in her hand. A tennis ball, covered in the dull gray of duct tape, stuck to the end of it


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