Jack Forese, a senior at St. Luke's school and member of the New Canaan YMCA Caimans swim team, recently announced that he will be attending and swimming at Duke University in the fall.

As a student at St. Luke's, with no current school swim team, Forese's only opportunity to compete and apply to swim in college was with his team at the Y.

"Swimming has taught me time-management and discipline as a result of waking up at 4:45 a.m. for morning practices, followed by a full-day at school and then returning to the pool in the afternoon," he said.

After dedicating his time to becoming a stronger and fast swimmer, Forese struggled with Mono and Lyme disease his junior year and saw his chances of swimming in college begin to slip away. That summer, as his health returned and with motivation and support of his Y coaches, Forese focused on his training and earned third place at the Y National Swim meet in both the 50 and 100 freestyle events.

"Last summer was the fastest I've ever swam," he said. "It was the most I've progressed and the most memorable as I went from one end of the spectrum to the other."

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Forese also gives credit to Jason Paige, swimming coach at the New Canaan YMCA.

"I'm extremely happy for Jack. Battling back from Lyme Disease and Mono to become the strong swimmer that he is took a lot of perseverance and determination," Paige said. "He is one of the fastest swimmers to ever come out of our program and I know he will only continue to develop at a school like Duke."