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Swim-a-thon helps raise money for program

Sunday, July 3, 2011

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Kaitlin Burton (left) and Anna Klueppel due laps on Thursday as part of the Swim-a-thon to benefit the Sikeston Sharks' swim program. Brent Shipman, Staff
SIKESTON -- Now at the midway point of the summer season the Sikeston Sharks held their Swim-a-thon on Thursday at the YMCA pool with proceeds going to the swim team.

Counting each trip down the pool as one lap, the Shark swimmers solicited sponsors to donate money for each lap they could complete. The swimmers were required to swim non-stop and if they stopped to take a break were taken out of the marathon.

With kids ranging from 6 to 17 years old in the program, co-coach Gratten Allen said he was pleased with everyone's performance in the event.

"There was a lot of six and seven year olds who ended up swimming the whole time that we never thought were going to do it," Allen said. "They swam 80 or 90 laps when we thought they were going to swim 30 and be done. They put in a lot of work in and swam really well."

Allen is one of three coaches for the Sharks. He is joined by Morgan Fraser and Lauren Wilson in running the program. He said the star of the night was 13-year-old Kaitlin Burton who completed 126 laps in the allotted time.

Competing against swim teams from towns such as Poplar Bluff, Kennett, Cape Girardeau and Charleston, the Sharks have already have four meets under their belt this summer.

They have three more scheduled meets before the end of season.

"Our season has gone really well so far," Wilson said. "The swimmers are doing good. We have a few new (kids to the program this summer) and a bunch of old ones."

The Sharks next home meet will be this Saturday at 9 a.m. when they host Charleston, Scott City and Cape Girardeau.