NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College men's and women's swimming & diving teams will participate in the fifth annual Hour of Power Relay on Monday at 5:00 p.m., as the event is designed to raise funds to support cancer research at the University of Chicago toward the causes and treatment of pediatric sarcoma. This will be the fourth consecutive year the Lyons take part.
The fundraiser is held in honor of Ted Mullin, a swimmer at Minnesota-based Carleton College who died in 2006 from sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer. All collegiate, high school, club and other interested swimming & diving teams are invited to participate.
In 2009, 134 squads with nearly 6,500 athletes helped raise the grand total to $190,000 over the past four years. Pledges and donations are gathered for the Ted Mullin Fund for Sarcoma Research at the University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital.
Participating teams complete a "Leave it in the Pool" practice, consisting of continuous relays of any stroke for one full hour. The objective is to keep all relays in each lane on the same length. Wherever possible participating teams begin and finish at the same time, allowing thousands of swimmers to be in the water at the same time supporting the battle against cancer.
As of November 9, nearly 100 collegiate swimming programs representing 37 conferences registered to take part in this year's relay. The event includes programs from NCAA Divisions I, II and III. First held in November 2006, the relay started with just 15 teams.
More information on the Hour of Power relay can be found on their website here.