November 12, 2013

W&L Swimming Will Participate in Eighth Annual "Hour of Power" Relay

LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee men's and women's swimming teams will join thousands of athletes across the country in support of the Ted Mullin “Leave it in the Pool” Hour of Power Relay on Wednesday morning.

The Generals will join over 7,000 athletes across the country and around the world in jumping into the pool in support of the eighth annual relay, with funds being raised to support the Ted Mullin Fund for Pediatric Sarcoma Research at the Comer Children's Hospital at the University of Chicago.

First started to honor former Carleton College (Minn.) swimmer Ted Mullin, who passed away in the fall of 2006 from sarcoma, the Ted Mullin “Hour of Power” Relay has grown from 15 teams in its first year to 171 teams in 2012 with 8,300 participating athletes who joined forces to honor all those who are fighting against or have lost the battle to cancer. 

Last year’s event included 111 college and university programs representing 38 conferences across NCAA Division I, II and III, and Independents, along with 54 high-school and club teams. Also participating were a Masters team in Sweden and The
American International School of Muscat, Oman.

The event takes place in each team's home pool and is a one-hour, all-out, leave-it-in-the-pool practice consisting of continuous, any-stroke relays for one hour, with the objective of keeping all relays in each lane on the same length.

Funds that are raised during the event act as seed funding for the University of Chicago's pediatric sarcoma research program. The program brings together oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists and physician scientists who have a particular interest in adolescents and young adults with sarcoma, allowing collaborative efforts in the identification of the causes of sarcoma at the most basic molecular and cellular levels.

For a full description of what participants do during the event and how donated funds are used, please visit http://go.carleton.edu/HourOfPower

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