Thanks to the Wellesley High School Swim/Dive team for sharing this:
The Wellesley High School Girls’ Swim and Dive team earlier this month participated in the 31st Provincetown Swim For Life Paddler and Flotilla, and raised more than $3,500 for AIDS research, women’s health and Provincetown community causes.
The team swam 1.4 miles in the Provincetown Harbor, with WHS divers kayaking the same route to help swimmers as needed. WHS junior Nellie Thompson finished 1st for women and 3rd overall.
The swimmers and kayakers faced many potential and real challenges along the way, There were multiple shark sightings around both the Cape and Provincetown late this summer. Even though water temperatures were warmer than usual, the day was windy and cold, and the surf was rough on both the swimmers and kayakers.
Senior Captain Maeve Mungovan says Wellesley High has participated in the event for more than 20 years.
“It’s mentally and physically challenging to swim a mile and a half in open water, but knowing that we have the Provincetown community cheering us on, it really pushes us to
complete the swim,” she says.
Senior Captain Jane Wayman adds, “It’s the biggest bonding experience for our team. We were psyched to have the divers with us this year.”