continued Held said many of the members swim year round, but also there are many who just enjoy swimming and spending time with friends. The club is a less intense option than joining a team, he said, since members meet less often.
Emma Sarnacki, 16, said the organizers always make the annual fundraiser a fun event.
“It is kind of a solemn thing, the whole idea of a terrible disease, but we are able to all band together and while we are raising money we are able to have a good time,” Sarnacki said. “I know that some of the people with this disease … would probably be happy to see that.”
Aden Wolfe, also 16, said the event is fun because everyone knows a lot of the team members and it has a “strong sense of community.”
Maya Manchester, 14, said before the event she never knew much about cystic fibrosis before participating, but now she is familiar with the disease and its effects.
All three teens also said they were excited to watch the Olympics and cheer on Team USA.
Sarnacki said she enjoys seeing the dedication of athletes competing in the games and having several nations under one roof.
“It is fun to see how far some people will take swimming,” Manchester said. “I know those people worked so hard and then that they could get that far is pretty incredible to watch.”
For the teens, just watching their times improve keeps them practicing and enjoying the sport.