Congratulations to Seton Swimming for completing our 1st Annual Cystic Fibrosis “Splash for CF” Swim-a-thon.  As a team, we raised $6,260 and had 45 swimmers complete at least 200 lengths of the pool – that’s 5,000 yards or nearly 3 miles!  And thank you to the Given family for their great job in organizing the event!

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections.  I can also obstruct the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.

In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.

There are a number of Seton families affected by Cystic Fibrosis and all of the life limiting challenges it imposes.   The wonderful news is that scientists are closer than ever to a CURE.  The scientists we are supporting at the CF Foundation and Johns Hopkins University are studying new medications right now that hold the promise for a normal life for those who struggle with Cystic Fibrosis.  In January of 2012 the CF Foundation announced its new medication, Kalydeco, which essentially cures one mutation of the disease.  This medication works effectively in 4% of the CF population, but we can help the other 96% who hope and pray that the cure is found for them.

The $6,260 that we raised will certainly contribute to attainment of this goal.  Our top fundraisers were:

  • Joe Zapiain – $645
  • The Ceol Family – $630
  • Joe Kosten – $575

Thanks to Seton alumnus Kevin Kohlhaas, Joe Zapiain is the proud owner of a new IPOD Mini!  Great job to Joe and all of the Seton Swimming families who raised money for this worthy cause.

We had 46 swimmers complete the 200 lengths of the pool, including:

 NameTime
1.Kimberly Rector1:17
2.Brian Koehr1:17
3.Anna Kenna1:19
4.Mary Camarca1:20
5.David Lambrecht1:21
6.Peter Quinan1:22
7.Andrew Bishop1:23
8.Sally Marrazzo1:28
9.Bernadette Wunderly1:30
10.Jillian Ceol1:31
11.Emily Heim1:32
12.Ben Ceol1:32
13.Alex Ceol1:32
14.Mikey Wittlinger1:33
15.James Kosten1:34
16.Mark O’Donohue1:35
17.Joe Zapiain1:36
18.Michael Kenneally1:37
19.Keziah Higginbottom1:37
20.Matt Fioramonti1:39
21.Tyler Hoffman1:39
22.Tommy Moore1:39
23.Dominic Wittlinger1:39
24.Meghan O’Malley1:40
25.Meggie Vestermark1:40
26.Rose Remington1:41
27.Lizzy Zadnik1:42
28.Luke Marrazzo1:42
29.Geni Lucas1:43
30.Patrick Dealey1:43
31.Cecilia Garvey1:44
32.John O’Donohue1:46
33.Ryan Pugh1:46
34.Vivian Zadnik1:47
35.Kalli Dalrymple1:49
36.John Paul Kenneally1:49
37.Georgine Irving1:50
38.Cat Pechie1:52
39.Joe Irving1:53
40.Mark Fioramonti1:53
41.Meridyth Rosato1:55
42.Connor Kleb1:57
43.Natalie McIntyre2:04
44.Joe Fioramonti2:06
45.Ben Dealey2:08
46.David Catabui2:14

As you look through this list, you will see many kids who have never swum anywhere near this far at one time.  Today’s swim was truly a great accomplishment for many of these swimmers, particularly some of the younger 7th graders.

We also had some other new swimmers accomplish some great distance swimming feats:

NameLengths
John Paul Kleb180
Connor Given180
Ian Curley170
Maria Zambrana160
Christian Ceol (5th grade)160
Alison Given126
Collette Kosten118
Jerry Dalrymple (4th grade)100
Catherine Moore60

I’m very proud of what we accomplished today.  Not only did we do some small part to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis, many of us learned a valuable life lesson that we are capable of so much more than we think we are.

Great job Seton Swimming!

Coach Jim Koehr

 

Seton Swimming’s G.E.M.S.

What makes Seton Swimming special?

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Gratitude

“Who has it better than us? Nobody!”

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Excellence

We focus on better. Good takes care of itself.

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Meekness

We help our opponents over the bar that we raised by winning

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Sacrifice

We offer it up. We love all of our teammates.

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