Swimathon Makes Another Record-Breaking Splash
With 235 swimmers, Hotchkiss once again broke the record for most swimmers at this year's 23rd Annual Hotchkiss Swimathon held Nov. 5. The Northwest Connecticut Special Olympics swim team brought 15 swimmers for the daylong event. Swimmers from more than a half-dozen schools participated, including 142 Hotchkiss students and 25 faculty and staff children. Three Hotchkiss swimmers — Alejandro Sarmiento '18, Izzy Lewitt '20, and Ally Fertig '21 — swam all day, covering over 25,000 yards (14.2 miles) each between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
"We are still collecting pledges but we expect to match and surpass last year's $8500 donation to Special Olympics CT," said Keith Moon, who has organized the annual event since he started it in 1994. Moon is the head coach for the boys varsity swim team and an instructor in history and English.
The funds cover all the pool rental and travel expenses for the Northwest Connecticut Special Olympics swim team and also support Special Olympics Connecticut in general, said Moon, who also serves on the organization's board.