Swimmers Raise Money For Cancer

November 8, 2006

On November 6th, 2006, the entire Middlebury College Swimming Team took an hour out of their regular training schedule to participate in the Leave it in the pool Swim-a-thon" fundraiser being held for a fellow Division III varsity swimmer from Carleton College, Ted Mullins, who lost his two year battle with cancer this fall. Middlebury joined Carleton College and other teams from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in an hour long relay.

Each relay was arranged with six or seven athletes per lane as swimmers sprinted 50 yards as fast as they could before the next person in the relay did the same. The goal of event was for the swimmers to swim as hard as they could on each 50 yard swim, yet switch lanes accordingly so that no relay was left behind. Faster swimmers and slower swimmers would continually adjust the relays by trading places throughout the entire hour so that relays remained equal.

"It was a fun format to get a lot of fast swimming out of the team," said head coach Peter Solomon. "At first it seemed like it was going to be an easy practice doing relay sprints, but about 10 minutes into the relay, it became real obvious that the swimmers were starting to fatigue".

The idea of the fund raiser came from the organizers, and captains of the Carleton College Swimming Team to raise money for cancer research, and to honor their teammate, Ted Mullins.

In a note from Ted Mullin's father, Rick, moments before the event was to take place, he wrote, "We didn't know anything about this until Friday and we are so impressed with the swimming community - again. Please tell the team that we appreciate their efforts - They're amazing." Rick's middle child, Evan Mullins is a varsity swimmer at Colby College, and his daughter, Catherine, a swimmer as well, is a senior at New Trier High School near Chicago.

When the event was over, $500 dollars was raised by the Middlebury College Swimming Team to go towards the Ted Mullins Cancer Research Fund.

To learn more about Ted Mullins and his life on the Carleton College Swim Team, please check out this website: