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Olympic Swimmer Visits New Rec Center

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This past weekend was the grand opening of the brand new Williston Recreation Center. On Saturday, the lap pool was opened and the 2012 800 meter Olympic champion, Katie Ledecky, came to swim the first lap in the pool dedicated to her grandfather Edward Hagan.

Ledecky has family in the Williston area that came out to watch the dedication ceremony. Ledecky was excited to come back to Williston and spend time at the new recreation center.

"It's great to be here in Williston. It's just an awesome city, with awesome people. This is a beautiful facility that I can't wait to see more of and I can't wait to swim the first lap in honor of my grandpa," says Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky.

Ledecky also swam relays with the Williston Sea Lion swim team. The students were very excited to have an Olympian medalist in their midst's.

"It's going to be exciting. I've never swam with a gold medalist before. I want to go to the Olympics and get gold medals too," says fifth-grade swimmer Madison Townsend.

Many of these young swimmers see Ledecky as a role model, and look to her for inspiration. 

"I have met her before, and she is a role model for me. I would love to be her someday," says sixth-grade swimmer  Ellie Schmit.

Ledecky had some advice for young swimmers looking to pursue their dreams.

"Stick with it. They're living in a great place with a lot of support and great coaches. I'm sure they have great teammates and can do a lot. I'm also sure this pool is going to help them a lot with their swimming," says Ledecky.

Ledecky was excited to get to spend time with young swimmers and members of the community.

Memberships to the recreation center are available for purchase at the Raymond Family Community Center.

 

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