Graduation hasn't slowed down members of the CMS swim team, as several alumni recently competed in events on both coasts. Clare Hudson (CMC 05) joined five Athenas in the "Swim with the Centurions" off Alcatraz Island in San Francisco on August 29, 2009. Two weeks later, Hudson joined three other former teammates in the Nation's Triathlon in Washington, DC.
Representing "Team AquAthenas" at Alcatraz, Megan Yarnall (HMC 06) and Hilary Walters (CMC 06) swam in the non-wetsuit division and finished second and fourth, respectively, in the 20-29 women's age division. In the wetsuit division, Kelci Barnes (CMC 06) was third, Samantha Kepler (CMC 06) was fourth, Alli Lathrope (CMC 06) was sixth and Hudson was seventh. There were nearly 350 competitors at the event.
According to Barnes, the "Alcatraz swim was well worth waking up at 5:30am again to get in morning workouts this summer, preparing for the race; not so much because I thought I might win but because when I got there and saw my fellow Athenas I knew that it was going to be an incredible experience no matter what the results because I was swimming with my team again."
The Nation's Triathlon on September 13, served as a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Among the 4500 competitors doing the 1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run were CMS assistant swim coach, Shea Manning (CMC 07), Matt Colville (CMC 07), Hudson, and Kevyn Klein (CMC 08). Regarding the Triathlon, Hudson said, "It was a great race! Much bigger than last year, which is great -- they raised TONS of money."
Barnes concluded, "That familial bond which kept us inspired and working hard together through 4 years of college swimming has not dimmed despite distance and other distractions. We are still, at heart, Athenas."
The CMS Swimming alumni will be back in action November 7 as the "odd-year graduates" and current team members take on the "even-years" at the annual CMS Alumni Swim Meet, starting at 11:00 a.m.