Olympians Swim for Safety at Event

The original story below appeared on Daily Pilot on September 18, 2012.

By Jill Cowan / The Daily Pilot

Former Olympic swimmers, including Jason Lezak, John Mykkanen, Bruce Furniss and Andrew Strenk, joined participants from around Orange County at the Swim for Life Foundation's 10th annual ocean swim at Corona del Mar's main beach, according to a news release.

About 310 swimmers hit the water Sunday, while more than 500 spectators watched from the shore. This year's swim generated about $25,000 in support of the Tustin-based foundation's mission.

The event is an effort to promote the foundation's "Safer 3" initiative, which aims to prevent drownings by teaching kids and their parents risk-reduction strategies around the water. According to the release, drowning is one of the leading causes of accidental death for kids younger than 5 in the United States.