Swimming for a cause

On Saturday afternoon, the Franklin Regional Swim Team will be hosting Sack the Sarcoma 2016, an invitational meet at Franklin Community High School to raise money for the family of Chase Smith, who recently was diagnosed with cancer for a second time.

Smith, a 15-year-old freshman at Indian Creek, is the son of Indian Creek swimming and diving head coach Brad Smith. He originally was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in 2014 but had been cancer-free for more than a year and even started competing again prior to this new diagnosis.

Franklin Regional Swim Team hopes to raise $3,000 for the Smiths between entries, gate receipts and the sale of heat sheets. Donations from spectators will be accepted, and #ChaseStrong shirts will be sold at the meet.

Warmups begin at 3:30 p.m., with the meet slated for a 4:30 p.m. start.

The winning team will have a $500 donation made to the Smiths in their name through FRST.

In addition to raising money and awareness, FRST hopes to create an event that allows Johnson County swimmers to come together in a less competitive setting and also lets high school athletes help out younger competitors.

Information: frst swimming.com