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Loyola Maryland's Cara Egan founded Junior H2Ounds to teach drowning prevention and open opportunities

The Baltimore Sun
March 27, 2016

To get to the Loyola Maryland Fitness and Aquatic Center from Tunbridge Public Charter School or Govans Elementary School, head down York Road toward Woodbourne Avenue. Pass the ACE Cash Express, then turn right. At the end of the street that becomes Homeland Avenue, you'll see the center, straight ahead.

The trip is walkable, about a mile in distance. But MapQuest cannot account for the chasm in culture.

"It's kind of crazy, because on one side of York Road, none of the kids have swam," said Cara Egan, a Loyola University Maryland senior on the women's swimming and diving team. "And on the other side of York Road, we have these beautiful pools."

On a recent Wednesday night, about 20 students from the elementary and middle schools, all girls, hurried out of a locker room inside Loyola's Mangione Aquatic Center. They wore loud swimsuits — hot pink and polka dot and electric green. Their excitement was similarly deafening.