Friday, May 30, 2014
For Berkeley Middle School rising eighth grader Sarah Mundy, the world really is her oyster.
In this case, Mundy’s world included a 2.4-mile stretch of Charleston Harbor.
Mundy, who swam as a seventh grader for the Berkeley Lady Stags swim team, competed in the Lowcountry Splash on Saturday, May 24, an open water swim and fundraiser to raise money for underprivileged Lowcountry youth.
Kids in kindergarten and first grade would receive swim lessons through the Logan Rutledge Children’s Foundation and Lowcountry Aquatic Project Swimming.
This year participants raised enough for 1700 children in the Lowcountry to learn to swim as more than 500 swimmers ranging in age from nine to age 70 competed in the 2.4-mile and 5-mile races.
The 2.4-mile course began at Hobcaw Yacht Club in Mt. Pleasant with swimmers traversing Charleston Harbor beneath the Cooper River Bridge, past the USS Yorktown at Patriot’s Point, to finish at the Charleston Marina.
The five-mile race started on Daniel Island and finished at the same location.
With favorable weather conditions and friendly harbor currents and winds, swimmers were able to post outstanding times.
Mundy swam the 2.4-mile course in 35:48 to finish in 50th place, 17th in the women’s group and fifth for a 15-and-under female.
Coach Jesup Szatkowski said his swimmer had a blast.
“It was a great day. Currents, wind, and water temperatures were perfect. This was a wonderfully well-run event. Great job Lowcountry Splash.”
Szatkowski said Mundy did well swimming in open water.
“This was Sarah’s first year swimming this event and her first time swimming in an open water meet,” he said. “She swam for LTP Racing Club in Mt. Pleasant which placed first in the team event.”
“The Splash is a unique event that brings together athletes of all ages and abilities, competing or just completing for a good cause – drown-proofing Charleston,” Szatkowski said. “Sarah joined her LTP teammates to put their season of hard training to test the elements of wind and waves for salty glory and to help kids throughout the Lowcountry learn the valuable life skill of swimming.”
Mundy called the 2.4-mile swim around Charleston Harbor a great experience.
“I can’t wait for next year,” she said. “It was a blast to swim and it felt great to be a part of helping kids in our community.”