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SU swim team looks to educate while attempting to break record

SU swim team looks to educate while...

SALISBURY, Md. - The eastern shore has unfortunately had its cases of people drowning this summer, and the swim team at Salisbury University is partnering with other teams across the country to attempt to set a world record while helping raise awareness about water safety.

About 30 Gulls were treading water for 30 minutes, along with dozens of other schools and organizations from across the country, hoping to secure a spot in the Guiness Book of World Records.

But the story Wednesday evening was raising awareness to prevent disaster in the water.

Even me, a swimmer, I didn't know about this,so I think it's really good that we're spreading this awareness," said senior captain Stephen Arcidiacono.

Arcidiacono and Head Coach Jill Stephenson explained not being prepared can lead to tragedy in an instant.

"Sometimes there's a split second where no ones paying attention or someones in a corner of a pool, an area where no ones really watching," said Arcidiacono.

"Most often it's because someone isn't supervising a child, life jackets are not being used in situations where they need to be, or people simply don't have the swimming skills to be in the water," said Stephenson.

Stephenson says one of the solutions is to teach your child, in case they ever find themselves in one of these situations.

"First of all, I think every child should have swimming lessons...  Around the beach with the waves and the shore breaks and things like that, people need to be educated, they need to make themselves aware when they're down here that there are dangers out there, even if the water looks calm there's still rip currents," said Stephenson.

Stephenson adds there was no confirmation on whether the world record had officially been broken.  She tells 47abc that there were over 65 teams participating nationwide.

The current record is 805 people.


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