Sea Lions raising funds through swimathon

Working towards continued improvement of pool

The Lewistown Sea Lions Swim Team just finished their season by hosting the State Swim Meet earlier this month, where they had an impressive over-all second-place team finish for the competition. Even though the season is officially over, they still have one more important event. The fifth annual Swimathon will be taking place Friday, Aug. 18 at 1 p.m. through Saturday, Aug. 19 at 1 p.m. At the conclusion of the event from 1-7 p.m. on Saturday, a free day of swimming and sliding will be available to the entire community in memory of Chuck Kettering.
“In order to keep participation costs affordable for swim team families, we do a couple of fundraisers throughout the season,” explained Jennifer Denton, president of the Sea Lions. “The Swimathon is our largest fundraiser each year, and this year we are planning to use the proceeds to help pay for some of the expense we incurred hosting the state meet.”
Friends of the Pool and Sea Lions partnered together to purchase a bulk head necessary to host the state meet. The Sea Lions are planning to use their proceeds from the Swimathon fundraiser to pay their $4,000 commitment towards this $23,300 investment. In anticipation of the meet, the swim team also purchased covers for the starting blocks in order to increase their longevity ($600), a tarp for the bulkhead ($550), and backstroke poles ($250). Swim team parents donated their time to paint the concession stand and bathrooms in the snack shack, with the City of Lewistown supplying the paint and ACE Hardware providing stain for the benches.
“We had 56 individual swimmers participating on swim team this year from 34 families,” added Denton. “The life skills, friendships, memories, as well as the health benefits that they receive from participating in this sport is immeasurable. We want to ensure that our swim team members, as well as the public as whole, have the best possible swimming complex available and that we can continue to host divisional and state meets. This fundraiser will help us achieve that goal.”
The Swimathon is a 24-hour fundraising event, where everyone in the community is invited to swim (relay style) throughout the night in return for donations/pledges. The public is invited to participate by signing up for a timeslot to swim during the event. Participants can swim for 15 minutes or 15 hours - it is completely up to each individual and their level of expertise.  Everyone who participates must commit to raising a minimum of $25. Proceeds are split between Friends of the Pool and the swim team, each reinvesting the profit back into ongoing improvement projects at the aquatics complex.
“We are inviting everyone in the community to form their own team, or come individually and we will assign you a time to swim throughout the 24-hour event,” explained Mary Kepler, Friends of the Pool board member. “It will be a fun-filled evening, but more importantly it will be an opportunity for pool patrons of all ages to show their support of our pool by being part of these fundraising efforts.”
For more information, please contact Mary Kepler or Sydney Stivers at the pool office (535-4503). Sign-up forms are available at the city pool, and registration will take place through the event.

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