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Details Announced for I Can Swim-athon Slated at College CARC

Plans are complete for The Second Annual I Can Swim-athon scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Garrett College Community Aquatic Recreation Complex (CARC).  Coordinated by the Manta Ray Swim Team in cooperation with the Garrett College Foundation, the event will raise money to support the Joan and Bill Crawford “I Can Swim!” Program which provides Garrett County kindergartners and sixth graders invaluable water safety skills at no cost to families.


The event is open to all swimmers providing sponsorship with some special challenge events for those who wish to participate in them. Dusty Huxford, president of the Manta Ray Swim Team Board and lead organizer of the event, has announced details for participants in challenge categories.


“For those ‘Savage’ enough, there is a competition to Beat your SavageMan Time 30/70.  The male and female with the greatest percentage reduction in time will win a Simon Pearce Oval Pendant Necklace Gift Set engraved with ‘I Can Swim-athon 2013.’  Yes, we will check your 2013 SavageMan time in the 30 or 70, and those that did the 100 can pick either the 30 or 70. In addition, for each $150 raised, you get a 15 second reduction in your time,” Huxford said.


Huxford has also issued a friendly challenge to other area swim teams to participate and complete. “This is a great opportunity for swim teams as well.  A little competition over a distance never hurt anyone!  The Manta Rays hereby challenge the CUY Otters, Hardy County, Lavale Swim Club, Bel Air Swim Club and Hampshire to a little friendly wager:  Overall average laps swum per I Can Swim-athon team participant for each team – this way, size of the team is taken out of the equation,” he said.


To accommodate swimmers and supporters who will travel to Garrett County to take part in this event, Huxford has arranged lodging at a discount. “We now have a lodging partner, Blue Moon Rising. That means folks from out of town can come up, stay in a real cool place at a discount, and enjoy the I Can Swim-athon that has lots of cool prizes,” he said.


For additional information on the “I Can Swim-athon” or making a gift to the “I CanSwim!” Program one may visit or contact Huxford at [email protected].