Virginia Swim Teams Take part in “United We Swim’

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Oct. 12. THE University of Virginia men's and women's swimming teams participated in a relay swim Thursday (October 11) to raise funds for the families of the victims of the September 11 attack on the Pentagon and World Trade Center.

The Cavaliers collectively swam a distance of 225 miles among all participating swimmers. The relay swim took approximately two hours to complete.

The Curl-Burke Swim Club, located in Northern Virginia, came up with the idea and challenged all swimming clubs in the country to a 206-mile relay swim. The 206 miles is the distance between the
Pentagon and New York City with all funds raised from the event donated to the families of the victims and rescue workers of the September 11 tragedy.

Virginia opens its 2001-02 dual meet season this Friday at 5 p.m. at the Aquatic and Fitness Center in Charlottesville. The 'Hoos will take on West Virginia, coached by former UVA assistant coach Eric McIlquham. Former Cavalier sprinter Emily Trakas is also on the WVU coaching staff as a graduate assistant coach.

The following day the men's swimming and diving team will be honored at halftime of the Florida State football game. For those of you attending the football game this weekend, stick around at halftime to see the
men's team receive their ACC championship rings at the football game.