Swim-A-Thon participants log 43.9 miles to aid Relay for Life

Forty-five swimmers logged a grand total of 43.9 miles or 2,810 laps during the third-annual Ohio Valley Swim-A-Thon held March 9 to benefit the Steubenville Area Relay for Life sponsored by the Jefferson County Unit of the American Cancer Society.

Three teams and 16 individuals participated in the swim-a-thon held at the Stratton Municipal Pool, raising $1,671.25, according to Karen Lundquist, event co-chair along with Connie Crawford.

“I Swim – What’s Your Super Power?” was the theme with the pool surrounded by super heroes and Gotham City decor, the handiwork of Jennifer and Darlene Sperry, Lundquist and Crawford. A wall was decorated in honor and in memory of individuals who battled cancer.

Awarded plaques for raising the most money were:

Teams: Stratton Seacats, first, $810; Catholic Central High School, second, $180; and Edison Alumni, third, $30.

Individuals: Norman Winstel, $308, first; Jen and Kailyn Sperry, $260, second; and Thomas Olenick, $107, third.

Medals were presented for the most laps, each team, male and female:

Edison Alumni: Tyler Locke, male, 90, and Shelbi Marquis, female, 117.

Catholic Central High School: Jacob Arai, male, 112, and Moriah Vosteen, female, 116.

Stratton Seacats: Jack Karaffa, male, 116, and Kyrsten Mazzaferro, Kylen Skeeles, Bethany Harlan and Sydnee Keenan, tie, 120.

Adults: Jennifer Sperry, 92.

Special bracelets were presented to all cancer survivors attending.

Seacats Boosters assisted with the event, providing food. Connie Rohall and Crawford registered swimmers and tallied donations.