MAMARONECK, N.Y. More than 75 swimmers are expected to take the plunge and count their laps Saturday as the Orienta Beach Club hosts its annual pool swim for Swim Across America-Long Island Sound's fight against cancer.
Event coordinator Susan Steffey Eggers said Orienta expects at least 75 swimmers and hopes to have a strong showing as volunteer swimmers continue to register for the swim.
"Last year, we hosted around 115 swimmers," Eggers said. "We will continue to get registrations up to the last minute, and some people won't register until they arrive. Our swim this year is on Saturday morning, so we are in full preparedness mode right now."
Orienta's enthusiastic participation has been generated by two decades of local involvement in Swim Across Americas local Swim Across America-Long Island Sound and local pool and swim club events celebrating the groups 20th anniversary this summer. The main event is the Long Island Sound Swim set for July 28 off the shore off the Larchmont Yacht Club.
Swim Across America has raised more than $12 million over 20 years; $1.2 million last year at Long Island Sound and pool swims. Proceeds from local swim events go to several organizations, including Cancer Support Team of Westchester County, Tommy Palazzo Fellowship at Columbia University, Morgan Stanley Childrens Hospital of New York-Presbyterian Medical Center, DeMatteo Research and Swim Across Americas laboratories at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
For more information on how to participate in Swim Across American-Long Island Sound swim events, visit swimacrossamerica.org. Details and registration for Saturday's Orienta Beach Club swim are here.
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