Metro Weekly

Swim for Life Beats Goal

DCAC's annual fundraiser nearly doubles 2011 effort, benefiting Metro TeenAIDS and others

The accounting is in from the 21st Annual Maryland Swim for Life, held July 14 and hosted by the District of Columbia Aquatics Club (DCAC), a swimming and social club for LGBT and allied swimmers. For the sake of D.C.’s Metro TeenAIDS – as well as Heart to Hand, Quality of Life Retreats, the Chester River Association and the Chester River Valley Ministers Association – the U.S. Masters Swimming-sanctioned event raised $39,500. That’s nearly twice as much as the $20,000 raised in 2011.

Swim for LIfe 2012

Swim for LIfe 2012

(Photo Courtesy DCAC )

”This year, not only did we reach our fundraising goal but we also expanded on the number of athletes who participated from all over the mid-Atlantic region,” Rob Jeter, 2012 Maryland Swim for Life Co-Race Director, said in a DCAC statement released today. ”The course for this year’s competition was slightly altered, and the start was delayed to accommodate for the changing weather conditions; however, the athletes were not deterred and turned in some impressive results. I was amazed by the turn-out, support and enthusiasm despite the overcast clouds.”

According to DCAC, the fundraiser registered 191 swimmers – up from 120 in 2011 – for the competition, based at Rolph’s Wharf Marina in Chestertown, Md., on the Chester River. As for the top spots, Christina Cairns of D.C. won the female four-mile competition, and Justin Burkhardt, also of D.C., won the male four-mile competition. A full list of winners is available to

[Editor’s note: As originally published, this story incorrectly reported that the event registered 120 swimmers in 2012, rather than 191.]

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