May 19, 2010

Weslaski's donate swimming record board to YMCA

Racine's elite youth swimmers have a new goal to swim for thanks to a donation from two local parents.

Claire and Kevin Weslaski donated a new swimming record board for a wall in the Racine YMCA's pool area. The board lists girls and boys records for swimmers who are members of the South-Eastern Aquatics YMCA club, or SEAY.

The Weslaski's daughter, Paige, holds three of the records (in the 500-, 1000- and 1650-yard freestyle) on the new board. But the donation is about more than just individual performances, the Weslaski's said.

The scoreboard is meant to bring visibility to a club that teaches dedication, work ethic and time management, which help academically and with life in general. The Weslaski's speak from experience. Their daughter Paige is heading to St. Bonaventure University in New York state on a full-ride scholarship in the fall.

The scoreboard was installed in the pool on Friday. It displays "senior" records, which are the fastest recorded times by SEAY swimmers in the different events.

SEAY is open to children of all ages. This year about 140 swimmers are competing in age groups from 5 years old through high school. For more information about the swim team, contact Neil Wright at or visit the website:

(Photo from left to right): Jeffrey Collen, CEO of Racine Family YMCA, Kevin Weslaski, Claire Weslaski, and Neil Wright, head coach of SEAY

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