On Tues., Nov. 13, 2012 at 5:00 pm EST, the Wesleyan University Swimming & Diving Team joined over 8,000 other Division I, II, & III collegiate, high school, club, and master swimmers around the country in the seventh annual "Hour of Power" Relay Swim. The November tradition has become something that our team looks forward to as we honor Ted Mullin, a Division III swimmer from Carleton College (MN) who lost his battle with sarcoma in 2006. In addition to raising funds and awareness for sarcoma research and The University of Chicago Medicine, the Wesleyan swimmers and divers participate in the hour-long, high energy, "Leave it in the Pool" sprint relay to show solidarity and keep the memory and spirit of Ted Mullin alive. Ted's younger brother and sister have close NESCAC ties as both siblings swam and have graduated from Colby College.
The object of the relay is to break the team into six or seven teams and race an all-out 50 yard (two lengths) swim in relay format for an entire hour. When one swimmer finishes his or hers two lengths, a teammate dives in and swims two more lengths. Each varsity swimmer sprints for approximately 22 to 30 seconds every three minutes for an entire hour! As one of the swimmers put it, "Just getting out of the pool 20 times in an hour is a workout in itself!" However, the pain and fatigue takes a back seat to the cheering and high energy atmosphere generated by the team. Additionally, the swimmers realize how important this event is to the Mullin family and sarcoma research so it makes all of the hard work and physical discomfort worth while.
While Wesleyan swimmers and divers raised over $800 for this year's event, they also participated earlier this fall in the Sept. 8 Swim Across America ocean mile swim in Narragansett, R.I. (http://www.swimacrossamerica.org/site/TR/OpenWater/RhodeIsland?fr_id=1530&pg=entry). Wesleyan's senior and varsity record holder Brendan Fortin '13 came out of the water as the first male collegiate swimmer. Considering that there were numerous Div. I swimmers from the University of Connecticut, Providence College, University of Rhode Island, & Holy Cross, it was impressive that the only person to beat Brendan in the ocean mile that day happen to be 2012 USA Olympic Open Water swimmer and Harvard graduate Alex Meyer. Wesleyan raised $7,500 for The Dana Farber Foundation and joined over 300 other collegiate swimmers on the morning of Sept. 8 to raise almost $111,000 for cancer research. "I couldn't be more proud of these young men and women for not only being dedicated student-athletes," said Wesleyan Head Coach Peter Solomon, "but because of their willingness to be involved in community service and making a difference in the lives of others. It speaks volumes about this team's character and senior leadership."