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Swim-a-thon raises funds for CBAC

By TAMMY SHOWALTER

Staff writer

It costs a pretty penny to keep a successful program up and running.

The swimmers of the Chesapeake Bay Aquatic Club stepped up to the plate. No matter what team they were on, the ultimate goal was to raise money to enable the competitive edge to continue in the water.

The Chesapeake Bay Aquatic Club hosted its second annual swim-a-thon on Nov. 8 at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

The goal for CBAC was to raise $4,200 and they brought in a total of $5,200.37.

"What was exciting about the swim-a-thon was that it was a great team building experience that was fun for the entire CBAC team,” head coach Julio Zarate said.

Sixty of 80 CBAC swimmers, two coaches and five parents were able to participate.

“It is important to note that even our youngest swimmers in our lessons program helped to support CBAC,” CBAC vice-president Cheryl Raley said.

The Redhots team swam 13,000 yards. Bronze swam 18,000 yards. Silver swam 52,000 yards. Gold topped things off with 100,000 yards for a total of 183,000 yards in the water.

Savannah Raley was the top individual raiser. The Davis family and Meilene Hanaki were also top raisers.

“The actual swimming part was somewhat of a challenge for our kids,” Redhots head coach Casey Brandt said. “The youngest kids, ages five to eight, swam 1,500 yards, while our high school swimmers completed 5,000 yards without stopping.”

Brandt said parents and coaches were counting laps and there was constant cheering going on.

“The kids won prizes ranged from fastest in their age group to the craziest suit or cap,” Brandt said. “Afterwards, our team parents made hot dogs and snacks. It was a great evening and a successful fundraiser, all due to great commitment and support from our team families.”

CBAC’s next meet is the Tom Dolan Invitational on Dec. 6 to 9.

Brandt said the league has several meets coming up, including a large invitational Dec.14 to 16 taking place at St. Mary's College that will include teams from all over the northeast, and from New England to the Midwest.

“We are also hosting another meet in January and our kids are trying to qualify for several championship meets, from the Jr. Championships and Maryland State Championships, to Sectionals and Junior Nationals,” Brandt said. “Those championship meets take place in the spring at the end of our short course season.”

tshowalter@somdnews.com