Passages: Ethan Anderson, University of Delaware Swimmer, Dies at 20

Ethan Anderson (right). Photo Courtesy: Anderson Family

Passages: Ethan Anderson, University of Delaware Swimmer, Dies at 20

University of Delaware junior swimmer Ethan Anderson passed away earlier this month on January 2 in his home state of New Jersey at age 20.

Anderson was a distance swimmer for the University of Delaware where he reached the final of the Colonial Athletic Association Championships in the 500 freestyle, placing sixth with a heats time of 4:32.40. Anderson also scored in the B-Final of the 400 IM with a 4:06.95.

Anderson, a native of Hopewell, New Jersey, was on two school record setting relays at Hopewell Valley Central High School, and was also a state championship qualifier in the 200 and 500 free and the 100 butterfly.

“We are incredibly blessed to have had Ethan’s beautiful soul grace our lives – a wonderful son, brother, nephew, and friend. Ethan touched and changed the lives of many,” Anderson’s family wrote in tribute. “He pushed us all towards adventure and fun, brought us joy every day, and was always actively doing or planning something new for friends or family. While way too short, Ethan lived his life to the fullest and hardly ever compromised. Ethan manifested determination, stamina, and perseverance, and never ever sat still. Ethan is a kind, compassionate, curious, witty, intelligent soul.”

Ethan is survived by his parents, Sara Alyea and T.J. Anderson, his sisters, Lindsey and Caroline Anderson, his grandmother, Retha Alyea, his aunts Meghan and Margaret Anderson, and his many, many friends.

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