Molly's Y Story

Molly's Y Story

I became interested in open water swimming and started doing some of open water events and eventually started swimming more at the Y and that's where I met a whole group of people that do this! Being able to get connected with those folks and learning more about how you go about these long-distance swims has just been tremendous. The YMCA pool, specifically this Downtown location, is the best in Lincoln. It’s a great pool, it’s the perfect temperature, and even more than that, it’s the community of swimmers that swim here. Everybody is so friendly and helpful and supportive that it makes it fun! I look forward to getting up at 4:30am in the morning to come down to the Y and swim.

The Masters Swim Team is absolutely awesome! I would encourage anyone who is interested in swimming to join Masters. It’s a fun group of people that swim at all levels. We all encourage and push one another. Whether you’re just learning how to lap swim or you’re advanced, we all have a lot of fun. Every year we do 100 100’s (that is 4 lengths of the pool, 100 times) to raise money for the YMCA Annual Campaign-Strong Kids, which is such an important cause. I am so happy to be a part of it.

The biggest driver for this Caribbean swim was an unsuccessful attempt at the English Channel. I tried it and got sick during the swim. Hypothermia was setting in and I just wasn’t able to finish it. I was disappointed but I knew I could do it. I knew I hadn’t met my physical limit in regards to swimming and I wanted something that would really challenge me and so I started looking into swims that were in warmer climates and after some research I found out that there had been two gentleman who had completed the swim from St. Lucia to Martinique but I couldn’t find any news stories or articles on any women who had completed the swim. So I dug further and found out that no woman had completed the trek and I thought that would be kind of cool to be the first! So things sort of snowballed from there.

I started to build up my long distance training again and decided that May would be the time to go and attempt it. My husband came and supported me the whole time. I was able to see him cheering me on the whole way from the boat. The waves were high and I felt sick, but I just kept going. Eventually, I made it! I am not sure what’s next for me for swims…but I am curious if I could beat my time, or if I hadn’t been nauseous, could I have enjoyed it a bit more? We will see!