In the time it took to walk to the bus and ride over from the dock on Centre Island back to Centre Island Beach in Bayville, 20 minutes, the fast swimmers were emerging from the water at the 11th annual one-mile Swim-A-Cross fundraiser on Aug. 11.
The Garden City Team: Kristy Sebring, Bill Sebring, Coach Sarah Gans, Stephen Morelli and Sarah Daly who came in third. "She's a good coach, excellent. She's our inspiration," said Stephen of Coach Gans.
Although the annual Swim-A-Cross Oyster Bay is not a race, many athletes use it as one. It is a chance for competitive swimmers to test their strength and speed.
In the bus going over the swimmers were getting themselves up for the swim.
The Garden City swim team was again participating in the SAC. Sitting together near the back of the bus was Stephen Morelli, working this summer for Morello Construction, doing remodeling. He said proudly, Sarah Daly, on their team was a good choice for first. She came in second last year, he said. "I'll be third," said Kristy Sebring, another Garden City swimmer. Sarah came in third, smiling happily.
They picked Matt Descovich as another candidate for first. "He's getting on his "game face" now," said William Sebring as the bus neared the dock.
The bus stopped at the Centre Island destination and the swimmers walked across the spongy mowed lawn to the dock and plunged in for the race. A bus carried reporters and officials back to the beach. As it pulled up Judge Ute Lally said, "They are already coming in!"
Amazingly, Jennifer Nucci of Plainview, one of the LIAC members was already first out of the water!
Matt Descovich was second, followed by Sarah Daly in third.
The swimmers all have pledges signed by their supporters. This year the Red Cross expects to raise $21,000. Money which will all be spent to help people facing sudden disasters. If you are one of the signers, don't miss contributing. You can send your donation to the Red Cross at American Red Cross in Nassau County at 195 Willis Avenue, Mineola, NY 11501. FYI: The American Red Cross receives no government funding and relies solely on the community for its support.