Betsy Lavin set a goal for 2016 back in January and on Tuesday night, she finally reached it. She swam her 1 millionth yard.
That number has been on her mind all year.
She’s been swimming thousands of yards everyday throughout the year.
“I’ve gotten a lot of support,” said Lavin about her friends and family.
She said she has used that support to hit the pool even on days where she doesn’t have the strength to go.
“It does tire me out a lot, probably more than someone who doesn’t have MS,” she said. Lavin was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2009, and has been fighting back by staying active and still enjoying the activities she loves.
She does, however, admit that the news was initially scary for her, being that she has been an athlete and coach her whole life.
“With this diagnosis, I was scared my identity was going to be gone but with the swimming, I’m still who I was,” she said.
Knowing her identity and having a team of people surrounding her, rooting for her, she wants to show them that taking a dive is always worth it.
Even though she’s reached her goal, she’s not done swimming.
She’ll be competing in a challenge to swim 250 miles by March.