CLAREMONT, CA. – To raise awareness and fundraise for sarcoma research, the Pomona-Pitzer Swim and Dive program will be participating in the Ted Mullin Hour of Power Relay on Monday, November 19. This will be the eighth straight year the Sagehens have participated in this special event. The Sagehens will be running a special "Leave it in the Pool" practice consisting of continuous relays of any stroke for one hour, with the objective of keeping all relays in each lane on the same length. The team has been collecting donations in to fund the University of Chicago Medicine's pediatric cancer research program.
Ali Valdrighi, an alumnus of Pomona College (c/o 2015) had a positive experience at the Hour of Power Relay back when she was a student.
"As an incoming freshman, I was introduced to a multitude of new experiences, but the Hour of Power stands out clearly in my mind," said Valdrighi. "Reflecting now as a recent graduate, this event remains one of my favorites. Nothing brings a team closer together than spending an hour racing, listening to music, eating cookies during the 'sugar fuel break' and most importantly, raising awareness and money for cancer research."
Last season the Hour of Power relay saw 166 teams across the country participate in this event. The Ted Mullin Fund has raised $1,250,000 to cancer research with 60% of the contributions coming from the relay. The organization was named after Carleton College swimmer Ted Mullin who passed away September 2006 from sarcoma, a rare soft tissue cancer. On November 7, 2006, the Carleton College Swim and Dive team turned their grief into a positive moment when they took action with a special hour-long relay. This relay grew into a movement that is celebrated by swim and dive programs across the country to this day.