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Four years ago, nine of the Exceeding Expectations kids swam as many laps as they could in an hour to raise money for the program and to try to win a trip to the 2005 Competitor Magazine Endurance Sports Awards banquet at Sea World in San Diego.
The Exceeding Expectations Swimathon has since become our premier annual fundraising event. What makes it special is that it's the kids themselves who have to step up and call friends of the program (who have already offered to participate), introduce themselves, explain what the Swimathon is all about and ask for support in the form of at least a quarter a lap.
This year's event was different: Because of the extraordinary outpouring of support following the theft of our trailer last summer, Cherie decided not to hit up our friends for more money. Instead, the kids just competed for the trip to San Diego. The winners would be the top two boys, top two girls and the fifth fastest boy or girl. You can see the winners in the last photo, and also find out why the fastest of all won't be on the trip.
In addition to those great friends of the kids, we had wonderful support from Loma Linda University's Drayson Center, which for the fifth year allowed us free use of their beautiful aquatic facility, and our splendid volunteers.
The Coach, Jacque, Vianey and Kylie
Putting on the wetsuits was the most
entertaining part of the day.
Brian tries to get jiggy with
Dorian's new 'do.
Miguel and Isi's dad, Meli,
gets ready to mix it up with the kids.
Last-minute briefing for swimmers
Visualizing their race...
Isi and Brian test the water.
Vianey and Marlene prefer to take it
And they're off!
Security was top shelf:
Food-and-drink breaks were mandatory
at 15-minute intervals.
At the conclusion, results were
A surprise: #1 finisher Josh
Rodriguez tells Cherie he wants
Getting ready to announce the
The tension is almost unbearable.
And here they are, tired but
All five are headed for the ESA awards banquet
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