Swim Teams Raise Over $3000 for Breast Cancer Research

Swim Teams Raise Over $3000 for Breast Cancer Research

BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan men's and women's swim teams are no stranger to success in the pool, but the two teams were winners out of the pool here recently after a donation to the WVU Medicine Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center.

The swim teams raised over $3,000 through their swim-a-thon and donations.

Representatives from the hospital visited Wesleyan recently and accepted the check and spoke with and thanked members of the swim teams for the donation.

"This was truly a remarkable event that we are extremely proud of," remarked head swimming coach April Gitzen. "I never expected to raise $3,000 for breast cancer research and we did.

"In some way or another, most of the team has been affected in one way or another with cancer. We chose breast cancer in honor of Tappan Squires, the mother of assistant coach Katie Squires. It's important to give back and giving to breast cancer research is a valuable experience as we hope for a cure. I am truly speechless of the student-athletes' efforts in this."

Left to right: front row: Ashton Cole, Chelsea Jesso, Theresa Burgess, Emily Kroll, Tess Betler, Scott Heckathorn, Justine Bledsoe, assistant coach Katie Squires, head coach April Gitzen, Dan Williams, Norman Cole, Kimmy Culver, Marylee Gowdy, Marissa Peterson, Lea Kryvenchuk and Jordan Miller.

Left to right: back row: Gabrielle Cox, Corey Johnston, Dominik Schopper, Julian Morassi, Kiernan McCarthy, Brennan Nettleton, Tappan Squires, Jo and Ben Statler Chair of Breast Cancer Research Mike Ruppert, Tyler Ducar, Logan Knoyer, Jeff McNeill, Kylee Savage and Camilla Brizzi.