Jessica Tiedebohl wants you to get in the water! As a life-long devotee, she is passionate about swimming as good exercise and a natural mood booster, but also as a great way to achieve goals and connect with community. Jessica is currently training to take part in the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim, a 4.4 mile open water race to take place on June 8. Participants are chosen via a lottery system and then must demonstrate their ability to complete a three-mile continuous pool swim, which Jessica did recently at the City Center Y.
This will be Jessica’s first open ocean swim, and while she’s somewhat nervous about his new challenge, her years of swimming experience have set her on the right path. Jessica first learned to swim at her hometown YMCA and later joined its swim team. She also went on to swim with a division 1 team in college. When Jessica wanted to start swimming again after moving to Lancaster County, it was natural for her to do so at the Y – where she feels at home in the pool and found so many coaches and cheerleaders.
Jessica swims at the City branch several times a week, often with the Master Swimmers. She is spurred on in her training by the advice and encouragement of this group (two members of which will also take part in the Bay Swim). Jessica also takes Cycle and Body Pump classes before work and appreciates the friendly welcome and guidance of the Y instructors and other class ‘regulars’ who keep each other motivated at an early hour. Even fellow members she met in the locker room are rooting for her success with the Bay Swim – one of them encouraged her to share this Y story so that her enthusiasm and swimming goal might inspire others to jump in!