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‘Swimpact’ raises $3,006 for ACS

March 22, 2013
The Herald-Star

A total of $3,006 was raised to benefit the Steubenville Area Relay for Life sponsored by the Jefferson County Unit of the American Cancer Society when the second-annual Ohio Valley Team Swim-A-Thon Mini Relay for Life was held March 10 at the Stratton pool.

The Stratton Seacats had issued a challenge to all local teams and the public to participate in the event to recognize the sport of swimming, bring awareness for the cause and raise money for the local Relay for Life.

"Swimpact" was the theme of the event where laps were counted and 78 miles swum, according to Karen Lundquist, event participant. Connie Rohall, Jennifer Sperry and Darlene Sperry coordinated the event.

There were 69 swimming participants and 10 walking participants.

Teams participating were the Stratton Seacats; Tri-County; Catholic Central, Edison and Brooke high school swim teams; several individual swimmers; and Steppin' 4 Sisters relay team members.

Receiving medals for most laps by team were:

Catholic Central High School, Brien Thompson, 158;

Edison High School, Victoria Freeland, 124;

Brooke High School, Jasmyn Brown, 87;

Tri-County, Joey Schlich, 181;

Stratton Seacats, Jack Karaffa and Zack Gulczjnski, each 101.

Receiving plaques for the most money raised by an individual were: Ethan Robey, Stratton Seacats, $410.15; Jennifer Sperry and Thomas Olenick, Stratton Seacats, $223; Kaitlyn Stumpf, Tri-County, $210; and Betsy Miller, individual, $157.

Tri-County received a plaque for raising the most money on site at $934.35 with the Stratton Seacats as the overall money-raiser at $1,169.

The event also included concession proceeds benefiting the ACS, courtesy of the moms of Seacats team members. A portion of proceeds from T-shirt sales by Mike and Robin Rawson also were donated to the ACS.

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