Bolles Swimmers Raise Over $3,000 in Clare Blackwell Fundraiser

With plenty of gloom-and-doom in the world of swimming, a group of swimmers from the Bolles School, and their coach, bring some up-lifting news.

All-told, a group of current and former Bolles swimmers lead by current Florida swimmer Lauren Neidigh raised a total of $3,179 for the Children’s Cancer Fund of Dallas in honor of their former coach Clare Blackwell. That’s not the only good news: coach Clare has been released from the hospital and is back home in the DC area receiving outpatient therapy.

For those who missed the story, Blackwell suffered a traumatic injury during an Ironman Triathlon in France in June while raising money for the fund when she was struck by a passing ambulance that was attempting to reach another athlete on the 112-mile bike portion.

There was a huge group of swimmers who participated in the fundraiser, including Olympians Joe Schooling and Megan Fonteno, as well as National Age Group Record holder Ryan Murphy, who pitched in 5 best times in meets after his incredible run at the US Olympic Trials. Even Neidigh, the ring-leader, chipped in with a best time in the 50 free. All together, the group put together more than 30 best times to raise such an impressive sum.

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Joseph Schooling (2012 London Olympics)
Megan Fonteno (2012 London Olympics)
Ryan Murphy (Florida Senior Champs)
Patrick Murphy (Florida Senior Champs)
Colin Hamilton (American Long Course Champs)
Lauren Neidigh (Florida Senior Champs & American Long Course Champs)
Ali Talwar (Florida City Champs)
Kourtney Gavin (River City Champs)
Eric Vanden Noort (Florida Senior Champs)
Kierstyn Harmeling
Britt Aubley

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Thank you guys for all of your help in this!!

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