On Friday, March 31st nearly 300 children from Boston—ages six to 13—showed off their strokes and got a taste of collegiate swimming during a four-hour swim meet at Harvard’s Blodgett Pool in Allston.
The children from several Boston neighborhoods were participants in Boston Centers for Youth & Families Swimming Championship, hosted for the third year in a row at Harvard.
The program introduces inner city children to introductory level competitive swimming.
According to Antonio Rosario, manager of the City’s swimming program, the young swimmers' experience of being at an Olympic pool at a local University and seeing their names and swim times on the wall was an inspiration.
“It opened up their eyes in a different way to swimming, being on a college campus, and thinking about what is possible,” said Rosario.