The Batesville High School swim team will be holding an official Swim-a-Thon on Jan. 2, 2020 at Southeastern Indiana YMCA.

During this Swim-a-Thon, swimmers will have a two-hour period in which to swim a maximum of 200 lengths. Donors are encouraged to support the Bulldog athletes’ efforts by pledging – either via a flat donation, or by pledging a certain amount of money per length that the swimmer completes.

The Swim-a-Thon will provide funds to enable the teams to outfit the Southeastern Indiana YMCA with two new starting blocks and four track start block accessories ($5,800 goal). Any additional funds will go towards replacing and buying new team equipment.

This year’s Bulldogs boast 29 swimmers (17 boys, 12 girls), two coaches and a team manager. With a smaller team last year, BHS raised a total of $3,200.

Head coach Greg McMullen said, “With the help from community members, we have been able to purchase two starting blocks, which will be delivered before the end of the year. We are hoping for additional funding to be able to finish outfitting the YMCA pool to aid in our training and team development.”

Funding for those two blocks came via BHS Athletics and an anonymous donor. The annual Hour of Power Relay, a nationwide effort to combat cancer, is expected to take place this season after the initial block delivery (the event is typically in November).

With the YMCA renovation in the summer of 2018, the swim teams have the capability of adding a starting block to each lane at the YMCA. The starting blocks will create a better training environment for competitive swimming programs moving forward.

In addition to raising funds for the team, 5% of the money raised will go back to the USA Swimming Foundation. The Foundation works to strengthen the sport of swimming by saving lives and building champions — in the pool and in life.

Whether they’re equipping kids across the country with the lifesaving skill of learn-to-swim through their Make a Splash initiative, or providing financial support to the heroes on the U.S. National Team, the USA Swimming Foundation aims to provide the wonderful experience of swimming to kids at all levels across the country.

Swim-a-Thon is the only pledge-for-length swimming program recognized by the USA Swimming Foundation. In the last 12 years, Swim-a-Thons have generated more than $60 million for swim clubs and swim programs across the country.

Persons interested in sponsoring a swimmer should contact McMullen at 812-584-6051.

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