Brooklyn kids perform swimmingly at all-city tourney

Brooklyn Currents | 8/18/2013 | 0 comments

swim by BrooklynCurrents We already know that Brooklyn is Number 1 in so many ways -- now another category has been added:
Swimming
Young swimmers from Brooklyn came in first in the Parks Department's Five Borough Swimming Championship, part of the city's "Summer Swim" program to encourage the activity.
More than 300 swimmers 6 to18 years old from across the city turned out for the eighth annual  championship on Aug. 11 at Hamilton Fish Pool in Manhattan, competing in  freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke, and more.

They had trained throughout the summer at more than 30 outdoor pools around town. The aquatic young people say  the program has helped in and out of the pool. "I've done better in school. I've gotten faster at swimming than when I started. And it's a lot of fun," one of the swimmers told NY1.
"It's made her a much more confident swimmer," said a parent. "And out of the pool, it's given her a goal to reach, now that she's in school trying to get scholarships."

The defending champs from Manhattan took second place, followed by Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island.

Win or lose, all enjoyed the camaraderie and the great exercise, officials stressed. Any young swimmers who want to join next year's meet, should keep their eyes on the Parks website: www.nyc.gov/parks.

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