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The Liberty to Swim a Dream PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jim Dabbelt   
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 21:53

For some kids in the summer, they are satisfied with swimming at their local pool, or even taking a family vacation to the lake or ocean and enjoying the water. But for a group of three  Tecumseh students along with one from Graham High School, the challenge loomed larger. 
Morgan Mumma, Alexis Adams, and Chris Ward, all senior members of the Arrows swim team, along with Graham junior Kassidy Randall took a trip to New York to compete in a 1.2 km swim around Liberty Island, the home of the Staute of Liberty.  That equivilates into just less than one mile, and for the local swimmers, it was a chance of a lifetime they couldn't pass up, a chance to swim around the Statue of Liberty.
"Our coach swam Alcatraz last year and wanted to do something else, so we did this," Mumma said.  "It was really amazing and a great opportunity for us." "I am amazed that I got a chance to do it," she added.  "You see the Statue of Liberty to one side of you, the city of New York on the other.  it was a good experience, not many people can say they’ve ever done that."
"It was crazy to think about it," Adams said.  "Nobody gets to do something like that."
Adams had the highest place finish of the group, finishing 87th overall with a time of 22:42, good enough to place second in her age division.  Finishing 94th overall and third at her age was Randall (22:48).  Ward finished the day in 142nd place with a time of 24:45, and Mumma was 151st overall with a 25:10.  All four of them finished in the top half of the field of 400 swimmers, giving the local swimmers something to always be able to be proud of.
The intimidaion factor played a part in this event for the locals as some of the swimmers could feel the nerves as the event approached.
"I was a bit nervous, when I got on the island and scoped out the competition," Mumma said.  "They were older and more in shape."  Adams added that she wasn't nervous until she was in the boat ready to jump into the water.
Both girls agreed that it answers any doubt they or anyone else may have been feeling about doing something like this."It proves we can do it," both girls said.  "We aren't limited to just swimming around here, and maybe we will do something even bigger in the future."
To qualify to even be eligible to compete, each swimmer had to swim one mile in 35 minutes or less at their local competition pool, such as a YMCA or fitness center.  It also must be signed off by the lifeguard. They completed the qualifying at the YMCA in Huber Heights.
Since both girls work at the newly opened New Carlisle Sports and Fitness Center as lifeguards, they would get the chance to work on their craft, and prepare for this event.
All of the swimmers will prepare to compete again for their high schools teams in the winter, with meets at various locations such as Wittenberg and Wright State.

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