UPEI Panthers swim the strait

First-year UPEI swimmer Emily Swaine practicing in the pool. Swaine and seven other UPEI swimmers will conquer the Northumberland Strait on August 30.
The fact that these athletes are swimming across the Northumberland Strait, battling the cold, the waves, the weather, and the clock, is a truly amazing feat.
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Posted on Monday, 25 August 2014

Last summer, UPEI Panther Swim team captain Suzanne Nicholson set a goal to swim the Northumberland Strait. Nicholson accomplished her goal and raised over $10,000 for the Panther swim team.

After graduating this spring from UPEI, Nicholson passed on the swim challenge to her teammates to “Conquer the Strait” in support of their personal and team goals for the upcoming season. The UPEI swim team has accepted the challenge and their swim is scheduled for Saturday, August 30 from the New Brunswick side, finishing on Island soil in Borden, PEI. Eight members will either compete in a relay or tackle the entire swim solo.

“We are really excited to continue the ‎event that started last season with Suzanne. Our athletes continue to impress me with what they are capable of achieving,” said UPEI swim team Head Coach Bill Calhoun.

Event organizer and the swim club’s Executive President Blythe Martin is also impressed with the UPEI student-athletes’ initiative. “The fact that these athletes are swimming across the Northumberland Strait, battling the cold, the waves, the weather, and the clock, is a truly amazing feat. It shows the power of motivation led by Suzanne Nicholson, and I hope that people will come out and support these athletes.”

To support the Panthers, visit: http://makeachamp.com/upeiswimming

All funds collected directly support costs associated with 2014–15 team’s training and travel to competitions.

For more information, visit www.gopanthersgo.com

For information:
Ron Annear
UPEI Athletics and Recreation
(902) 566-0991, annear@upei.ca