On New Years Day, 19 Queer Utah Aquatics Club swimmers gathered at Fairmont Aquatic Center to raise money in support of the Homeless Youth Resource Center. Each swimmer committed to swimming 100 lengths of the pool, 100 laps or 100 by 100 yards. They also gathered pledges from friends and family members for each their efforts.
By the end of the 3-hour session in the pool, the 19 swimmers completed a total of 133,050 yards — 75.6 miles of swimming — which is like swimming to Ogden and back from Salt Lake City.
The swimmers raised over $3,200 from friends and family members who pledged to sponsor a swimmer. Swimmers also used pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters to keep track of each lap they completed in the pool. The coins were collected in the end to go to the Homeless Youth Resource Center.
This is the second year QUAC members used their New Years Day swim to raise money for a charity. Because of the success and generosity of donors, this is a tradition they hope to continue for many years.
The group is hosting its annual Ski-N-Swim, Feb 19–21. Registration is open now at ski-n-swim.org.