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On Its 25th Anniversary, Hotchkiss Swimathon Breaks Records

Twenty-five years ago, a small article in The Hartford Courant caught the attention of Keith Moon, instructor in history and English. A brief paragraph said the Northwest CT Special Olympic Swim team desperately needed money to continue and was seeking donations of any kind. Moon, a swimmer and longtime boys varsity swim coach, figured the Hotchkiss community could do something about it so he organized the School’s first Swimathon. Seventy-six swimmers participated, raising a surprising $4,500 for the team and allowing it to continue to compete.

Since then, the School has hosted the event every fall. On Nov 3, the Swimathon celebrated its 25th anniversary raising a record-breaking $15,000 and involving 247 swimmers, surpassing the previous high, set two years ago of 235 swimmers.

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