Swimmers Take Aim at Record

Omaha could once again be in the pages of The Guinness Book of World Records.

Dozens of kids began their swimming lessons at 10 a.m. Friday at the Salvation Army Kroc Center. Kids in 17 countries and hundreds of other organizations were involved in swimming lessons at the exact same time, taking aim at the record for the world's largest swimming lesson.

Besides going after a record they already hold from last year, they see the big picture: swimming lessons at an early age dramatically reduces the risk of drowning, “because you can learn,” said swimmer Olivia Wallace. “It's fun with the water."

Swim instructor Jacob Balkovec said, “I didn't even know that was going on until today and I'm definitely glad to be a part of it. It would be cool if we break it because I've never broken a record before."

We'll have to check back later to see if they actually broke the record.


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