Photo Courtesy The Sharks

Sharks begin Aquathon

Photo Courtesy The Sharks
The fi fth grade YMCA Sharks swimming team, pictured, challenges community members to dive into “shark-infested” waters to raise money for the swimming program. The Aquathon is a pledge event that raised $25,000 last year that was used to fund scholarships for the team.

BAR HARBOR — Can you swim faster than a fifth-grader?

Each year the MDI Y Sharks Swim Team members host an Aquathon in support of the program. Coach Willis and his 5th grade team members are urging community members to dive into ‘shark-infested waters’ and help raise money for the team.

The Aquathon is a pledge event where participants swim laps to help keep the cost of the program low, and to fund scholarships for children who could otherwise not afford to participate. Last year’s event raised $25,000.

If a community member raises $25 or more he or she will receive an “I Survived Shark Infested Waters” t-shirt. Other prizes are available for participants who raise larger sums of money.

The event will be held at the MDI Y pool on Feb. 3, (Super Bowl Sunday) from 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Each swimmer has 1.5 hours to complete their laps up to a 200-lap maximum. Swim team members have each been given realistic goals by the coaching staff that shows how many laps each swimmer will try to complete in the allotted time.

For more information, contact Coach Jim Willis at [email protected], or contact the Y at 288-3511.

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