Palau Swimming Association recently held a “swim-a-thon” where participants swam as many laps in the 25 meter Meyuns pool as they could in a 2 hour period. Each swimmer had collected pledges for the number of laps completed in an effort to raise funds for upcoming competitions on Guam. Eight swimmers will be attending the Guam Invitational Swim meet and the Junior Pan Pacs, in December and early January.
All athletes hoping to compete in Guam did their laps including Ayana Rengil, UB Misech, Rimuu Williams, Gayle Bornovski, Liam Bornovski, Osisang Chilton, Antja Flowers and Maria Gibbons. Other supporters who swam and collected pledges included Baklai Temengil, Kenny Reklai, Joe Chilton and Jubilee Kuartei.
Everyone swam for 25 minutes non-stop then had a 5 minute break before starting again for another 25 minutes. This continued for the full 2 hours. Swimmers completed an overall total of 1,730 laps which is equivalent to 43.25 kilometers or close to 27 miles.
Almost $2,000 was raised and the PSA would like to thank everyone who pledged for the athletes. The goal is to reach $8,000 so the PSA is continuing to raise funds. If you missed the swim-a-thon, there is still time to help support this dedicated group of young athletes who practice faithfully 6 days a week. Contact any of the PSA board members through PNOC or the swimming pool (488-6307) if you would like to make a contribution.