Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Road Trip - Chatham swim team captures Smart Women Sweat Swim Invitational in Georgia

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PITTSBURGH (January 13, 2009) . The snow-filled skies of Pittsburgh didn't cool down the Chatham University Cougars as the swimming team visited Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga. to participate in the Smart Women Sweat Swim Invitational January 10-11. Competing against teams from other U.S. women's colleges - Agnes Scott College, Hollins University, Salem College and Sweet Briar College - the Cougars won the invitational with 1,157 points and registered first-place finishes in 13 of 17 events, including all four relays.

Chatham was paced by junior Amy Kuuskoski (Wilmington, NC/home school) who accounted for three individual wins in the 50, 200 and 100 freestyle as well as being a part of four winning relays. First-year Emily Price (Owego, NY/Owego) also had three individual wins in the 1500 freestyle, 400 individual medley and 200 individual medley. Sophomore Chelsea Mummert (York, Pa./Central York) added wins in the 100 and 200 backstroke and Sarah Sindler (Cañon City, Colo./Cañon City) won the 200 butterfly.

Chatham returns to action on Saturday, January 17 when they travel to Penn State Erie, The Behrend College for a 1:00 p.m. dual meet. The Chatham University Cougars next Presidents' Athletic Conference meet will be at Bethany College on Saturday, January 24 at 1:00 p.m.

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Mark Rauterkus said...

One interesting fact that I failed to mention about the swim meet in Georgia -- it was held in a 25-meter swim pool. That's short course meters. Most USA pools that are indoors are short-course (25) yards.

The short course pools around the world are generally short-course meters. For example, in New Zealand, they have 25-meter pools.

Got an email thanks from coach about the posting of the team's news.

-- My reply. --

I just re-posted a news release on my blog. It was the first I ever
saw from Chatham.

But wow -- great to have a trip to Atlanta -- and even better to win
the meet. Wonderful.

I was a guest coach with the Schenley swim team's practice. We did starts and turns, mostly. I told
them that there were two city kids at Chatham and they were going to
Atlanta this weekend and had been to Florida for winter break. They
were swimming and making friends -- while in a good school. And, they
were from Dice and Perry. Plus, they were not 'world class' fast --
but improving and might be able to help the team in a year or two at
the Conf Meet.

Message, it is a big world in swimming. You can find a place to participate.

They all knew E who was a W&J. But, all types of kids can swim in
college. Plus, with the Pgh Promise scholarship -- up to $10,000 for
those now as Freshmen -- there is a good incentive.

Keep up the good work.

alisha said...

Interesting. I agree with you totally. Furthermore I have another point to add. I think its essential that children today have a friendly and good swim instructor to guide them along. So that they will take to the hobby with delight, rather than find it a useless skill. But then again, most kids always love swimming afterall.