NEW YORK, Nov. 5. ON September 11, 2001, USMS lost two Masters swimmers, Andrew Fisher and Doug Irgang, both members of Asphalt Green Masters Swimming in New York City in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center that took more than 5,000 innocent lives.
Andrew Fisher was attending a conference at Windows on the World in the World Trade Center, and Doug Irgang worked at Sandler O'Neil, an investment firm located in the World Trade Center. Andrew and Doug were passionate about swimming, attending workouts regularly and participating in meets and open water swims.
In order to assure the legacy of Doug and Andrew’s commitment to swimming the Masters Team, along with Asphalt Green and members of Doug and Andrew’s families and Doug’s fiancée, have established the Andrew Fisher and Doug Irgang Memorial Scholarship Fund. This fund will provide financial support each year to young swimmers who have the capacity to become highly competitive swimmers and show dedication and a passion for the sport, but have a limited financial capacity to pursue their dream.
On Saturday, November 10, Asphalt Green will host "Swim for the Future," a scholarship swim in memory of Doug and Andrew. The event will take place at the Asphalt Green pool on 91st Street and York Avenue from 6 p.m. – midnight.
The event will commence officially at 8:00 p.m. with a special ceremony for Andrew and Doug's families as well as the local fire and police departments. Asphalt Green requests that those wishing to participate or to sponsor a swimmer should register by November 6, 2001. Call 1-800-NYC-SWIM, or log on to www.asphaltgreen.org.