Swim Across America Dallas Open Water Event Was A Big Success

This is an official Swim Across America Announcement courtesy of SAA:


Dear Swimmers, Volunteers & Donors Thank you all for making our 3rd annual swim the best year yet!  From our swimmers who showed up early and stayed late, to the volunteers who help set up every tent, table and banner and transform the empty lawn, into an amazing backdrop for our event, to our Olympians who helped inspire our swimmers at the Olympian Clinic, we could not have done it without your hard work and dedication!Open Water Photos
Here is a link to our photos from the swim.

Open Water Results
Click here to view the results. Great job swimmers!

Highlights from the weekend

VIP Luncheon – June 7
The SAA weekend kicked off with our VIP luncheon on the 10th floor of the Sammons Cancer Center.  Over 80 guests enjoyed an afternoon highlighted by a speech by cancer survivor and Mrs. Texas International, Michelle Berndt, sharing her journey with breast cancer and her experience being treated at Baylor.  The big news of the day came as Dr. Alan Miller, Director of the Cancer Center, announced the ICTC would officially be named the SWIM ACROSS AMERICA Innovative Clinical Trials Center, thanking all of us for our hard work in raising funds for the center.

Daniel Watters, 1988 Olympian & Swim Across America Dallas-Chair

Daniel Watters, 1988 Olympian & Swim Across America Dallas-Chair

Olympian Clinic – June 7
Friday evening, over 80 youth swimmers from around the metroplex gathered at the Town North YMCA and spent 3 hours learning tips of technique and motivation from the best!  Olympians Josh Davis, Neil Walker, Jill Sterkel, Ryan Berube, Kirk Stackle and Daniel Watters put on a great clinic for these kids who strive to be the best.  After the swimming, kids enjoyed pizza, photos, and autographs!  All proceeds from this clinic helped us reach our fundraising goal.

Open Water Swim – June 8
WOW!  Over $320,000 was raised in our 3rd annual swim.  Another perfect and very calm day at Lake Ray Hubbard made this years’ swim one of the fastest on record.  225 swimmers took the plunge into the refreshing lake to swim ½, 1 or 2 miles.  75 volunteers along with kayakers, boaters, and angel swimmers supported their efforts to "Make Waves to Fight Cancer."  This year we had 20 teams participate.  The top 2 teams each raised over $50,000!

Pool Swim – June 9
The first annual Dallas Pool Swim was a success!  Over 60 people, ranging from ages 5 to 75, weathered a morning storm to "Make Waves to Fight Cancer."  Town North YMCA hosted this event and did an amazing job.  Relay teams had fun swimming together to reach ½ or 1 mile.  In addition, many individuals took on the challenge to swim the distance solo.  The event raised over $15,000 in the first year.  We look forward to growing this more next year!

365 Incredible SWIMMERS
125 Amazing VOLUNTEERS
Countless friends and family offering SUPPORT
$340,000 in FUNDS RAISED to Fight Cancer

More Donations
Our fundraising will continue through the end of the month, so please help us with any last minute donations. Donations can be made by clicking here. Please send any last minute checks to c/o Lydia Chase, 7317 Fisher Road, Dallas, TX 75214.

Thanks again for making our third year the best and most memorable one. We can't wait to see you next year with as we "Make Waves to Fight Cancer" in 2014!

With every best wish,

Jeanne Cunningham, Co-Event Director
Andrea Dickon, Co-Event Director
Daniel Watters, Co-Event Director
Swim Across America - Dallas

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This is an official Swim Across America Announcement courtesy of SAA.


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Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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